About Open Critical Care

OpenCriticalCare.org (beta) was launched in August 2020 as a repository for reliable, open-access critical care learning tools with relevance to resource-variable settings.  In response to COVID-19 we have built an open-access library of critical care educational resources for medical educators and learners with a focus on respiratory care. The library includes original content that can be used for training at various levels and multiple healthcare cadres, and are suited for independent learning and as well as integration into institutional training programs and curricula.

In January 2021, we expanded our collaboration to include COVIDprotocols.org in partnership with teams from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Partners In Health.

You can read about the OCC team below or the COVIDprotocols.org team here. 

Our Vision

A comprehensive, open access library of critical care educational resources for educators and learners, supported by a global community of technical experts.

Who We Are

OpenCriticalCare.org is a collaborative educational effort started by the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists, the University of California San Francisco Anesthesia Division of Global Health Equity, the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences, and OPENPediatrics. It is led by UCSF under the USAID Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) and is being done as part of a broader collaboration with partners of USAID including including FHI 360, Jhpiego, and Palladium.


Our Team

Project Leads

Lekshmi Santhosh MD, MA

Assistant Professor, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine, University of California San Francisco

Michael Lipnick, MD

Associate Professor, Anesthesia & Critical Care, University of California San Francisco

Emma Ayebale MBChB, M. Med

Instructor, Anesthesia & Critical Care, UW and Makerere University


Arthur Kwizera MBChB, M. Med

Senior Lecturer, Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Makerere University

Rich Branson MS, RRT

Professor, Respiratory Care, University of Cincinatti

Robert Neighbour

Biomedical Engineering

Teresa Kortz, MD, MS

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, UCSF

Shevin Jacob, MD, MPH

Senior Clinical Lecturer in Sepsis Research, Department of Clinical Sciences, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Beth Riviello, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Attending Physician, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dr. Carolina Haylock-Loor

Director of Programs, World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists

Rich Kallet, RRT

Cornel Sendagire, MBChB, M. Med

Sky Vanderburg, MD, MPH

Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellow, UCSF

Faye Evans, MD

Chair, Education Committee, World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists

Maytinee Lilaonitkul, MBBS

Editor, Anesthesia Tutorial of the Week

Rebecca Silvers, NP

Pediatric Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, UCSF

Paul Sonenthal, MD

Instructor in Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Sam Percy, MD

University of California San Francisco HEAL Initiative Fellow

Ethan Bornstein, MD

Internal Medicine Physician, Indian Health Service, Navajo Nation - Chinle Comprehensive Health

Bunmi Okunlola, MD

Fellow, UCSF Anesthesia Division of Global Health Equity

Mohamed Seedahmed, MD, MPH

Pulmonary & CCM Fellow, UCSF

William McKleroy, MD

Fellow, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, UCSF

Gayatri Singla

Contributor and Content Editor

Mohamed Seedahmed, MD, MPH, FACP

Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellow, UCSF

Bhakti Hansoti, MBCHB, MPH, PhD

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

William Checkley, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, International Health, and Biostatistics; Director, Fogarty Global Health Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University; Director, Center for Global Non-Communicable Disease Research and Training, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Johns Hopkins University

Farrah Kashfipour, MSN MS RN CCRN

ICU Nurse, Stanford Health Care

Jeffrey Pearson, PharmD

Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Anne Sommer

Medical Student, UCSF

Marquela Guerra, MD

Anesthesia Critical Care, WFSA ICCM Committee Member - Panama


Leah Murphy

Project Manager

This website is made possible, in part, through funding from USAID’s Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) project. The STAR project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under Agreement No. 7200AA18CA00001. STAR is implemented by the Public Health Institute (PHI), in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), University of California San Francisco (UCSF), and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).

This site is intended to be educational in nature and is not a substitute for clinical decision making. It is the responsibility of the user to ensure all information contained herein is current and accurate by using published references. Some of the resources referenced on this site may be copyrighted by third parties as indicated. OpenCriticalCare.org collaborators shall not be responsible or liable for any loss, injury, claim, or damage of any kind resulting from use of the resources, errors in the resources contained on this site. Manufacturers’ documentation must be referenced prior to the use of any equipment.

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