Center for Acute Respiratory Failure
Nichelle Calhoun, a patient with advanced pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure, was placed on venoarterial ECMO while waiting for her double lung transplant at NYPH/Columbia.
Awarded ELSO award for Excellence in Life Support
Awarded ELSO award for Excellence in
Life Support and designated ELSO Center of Excellence, 2013-2015


The Center for Acute Respiratory Failure treats adult patients who rapidly develop respiratory failure and require advanced therapeutic interventions. Patients are accepted for transfer in situations where our center is able to offer services that are not available where they are currently receiving care, and when the risk of transfer is felt to be outweighed by the potential benefit. Patients that may benefit from our program typically develop respiratory failure from the following:

  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
  • Pneumonia
  • Trauma
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Acute exacerbations of chronic lung diseases, such as asthma, emphysema, or cystic fibrosis
  • Chronic thromboembolic disease

The Center for Acute Respiratory Failure offers advanced services to treat respiratory failure including:

Ambulance or flight transfers to our center are arranged for appropriate patients. If the patient is too unstable for a traditional transport, transport on ECMO may be considered.

During a transport with ECMO, our experienced transport team travels to the patient at the referring hospital, places the patient on ECMO, and transports the patient to NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.

Learn more about the Adult Medical ECMO program.

The Center for Acute Respiratory Failure is part of the Price Family Center for Comprehensive Chest Care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

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