Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Neurocritical Care: a Specialty-Wide Disruptive Transformation or a Strategy for Success

  • Fawaz Al-MuftiEmail author
  • Michael Kim
  • Vincent Dodson
  • Tolga Sursal
  • Christian Bowers
  • Chad Cole
  • Corey Scurlock
  • Christian Becker
  • Chirag Gandhi
  • Stephan A. Mayer
Critical Care (Stephan A. Mayer, Section Editor)
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Purpose of Review

Neurocritical care combines the complexity of both medical and surgical disease states with the inherent limitations of assessing patients with neurologic injury. Artificial intelligence (AI) has garnered interest in the basic management of these complicated patients as data collection becomes increasingly automated.

Recent Findings

In this opinion article, we highlight the potential AI has in aiding the clinician in several aspects of neurocritical care, particularly in monitoring and managing intracranial pressure, seizures, hemodynamics, and ventilation. The model-based method and data-driven method are currently the two major AI methods for analyzing critical care data. Both are able to analyze the vast quantities of patient data that are accumulated in the neurocritical care unit.


AI has the potential to reduce healthcare costs, minimize delays in patient management, and reduce medical errors. However, these systems are an aid to, not a replacement for, the clinician’s judgment.


Multimodality monitoring Artificial intelligence Neurocritical care Closed-loop system 



The editors would like to thank Dr. John Brust for taking the time to review this manuscript.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Fawaz Al-Mufti, Michael Kim, Vincent Dodson, Tolga Sursal, Christian Bowers, Chad Cole, Corey Scurlock, Christian Becker, Chirag Gandhi, and Stephan A. Mayer each declare no potential conflicts of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fawaz Al-Mufti
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Michael Kim
    • 1
  • Vincent Dodson
    • 4
  • Tolga Sursal
    • 1
  • Christian Bowers
    • 1
  • Chad Cole
    • 1
  • Corey Scurlock
    • 5
    • 6
  • Christian Becker
    • 5
    • 7
  • Chirag Gandhi
    • 1
  • Stephan A. Mayer
    • 8
  1. 1.Departments of NeurosurgeryWestchester Medical Center at New York Medical CollegeValhallaUSA
  2. 2.Departments of NeurologyWestchester Medical Center at New York Medical CollegeValhallaUSA
  3. 3.Neuroendovascular Surgery and Neurocritical Care AttendingWestchester Medical Center at New York Medical CollegeValhallaUSA
  4. 4.Department of Neurosurgery, New Jersey Medical SchoolRutgers UniversityNewarkUSA
  5. 5.eHealth Center, Westchester Medical Center Health NetworkValhallaUSA
  6. 6.Departments of AnesthesiologyWestchester Medical Center at New York Medical CollegeValhallaUSA
  7. 7.Departments of Internal MedicineWestchester Medical Center at New York Medical CollegeValhallaUSA
  8. 8.Department of NeurologyHenry Ford Health SystemDetroitUSA

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