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Surgical and Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit

Shawn Simmons, MD

Message from the Medical Director

Our SNICU is the largest intensive care unit in Iowa, seeing more than 2,500 patients each year. Using a team approach, the SNICU staff members develop a supportive atmosphere for the patient and the patient's families.

The multidisciplinary team consists of staff physicians, nurses and nursing assistants, social workers, registered dietitians, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and pharmacists. The 34-bed unit is staffed by physicians and nurses who are skilled in the care of acutely ill surgical patients and have extensive experience in managing complex emergencies.


  • Largest surgical intensive care unit in the state of Iowa at the only academic institution in Iowa
  • Annual admissions of more than 2,500 patients
  • Serves all surgical populations
  • Intensivist coverage 24 hours a day

Our Facility

29-bed unit
State-of-the-art equipment, including ultrasound bronchoscopy
Adjacent to the Main Operating Room, which enhances transport
Located at Elevator I, 5th floor, UIHC

Specialties Served

  • Neurosurgery
  • Trauma
  • Transplant
  • Cardiovascular
  • Orthopaedics
  • Otolaryngology
  • Obstetrics
  • Neurology



  • Faculty are involved in clinical trials related to critical care medicine, some of which have external funding.