About the Institute

Housed at VCU and spanning numerous departments, the Weil Institute of Emergency Critical Care Research is named for Dr. Max Harry Weil, a Swiss-born physician and researcher who was known as the father of critical care medicine. In the 1950s, Dr. Weil created the first bedside shock cart, a precursor to the code carts found in today’s hospitals. He also published more than 1,500 research papers and held 19 patents.

Learn more about the history of the Weil Institute, research opportunities, resources and partnerships.

Research

Our faculty members are committed to the pursuit of knowledge and advancement of the field of critical care, and we collaborate with experts across multiple disciplines to conduct cutting-edge research.

VCU is a participant in the ACCESS clinical trial, a nationwide, multi-center research study that aims to determine the best method of care for survival and neurological recovery in patients who are resuscitated using ventricular fibrillation (VF) outside of the hospital after cardiac arrest, but who show no evidence of a heart attack on an electrocardiogram (ECG).

Discover past projects, publications and presentations.

Education

The Weil Institute provides training and education for scholars and researchers through the following opportunities:

Our Team

Wanchun Tang, MD, MCCM, FCCP, FAHA

Wanchun Tang, MD, MCCM, FCCP, FAHA

Director Weil Institute

Wanchun Tang, MD, MCCM, FCCP, FAHA

Wanchun Tang, MD, MCCM, FCCP, FAHA

Director Weil Institute

Department of Emergency Medicine

Email: wanchun.tang@vcuhealth.org

Mary Ann Peberdy, MD, FACC, FAHA

Mary Ann Peberdy, MD, FACC, FAHA

Deputy Director, Weil Institute

Mary Ann Peberdy, MD, FACC, FAHA

Mary Ann Peberdy, MD, FACC, FAHA

Deputy Director, Weil Institute

Department of internal Medicine

Email: maryann.peberdy@vcuhealth.org

Joseph P. Ornato, MD, FACP, FACC, FACEP

Joseph P. Ornato, MD, FACP, FACC, FACEP

Deputy Director, Weil Institute

Joseph P. Ornato, MD, FACP, FACC, FACEP

Joseph P. Ornato, MD, FACP, FACC, FACEP

Deputy Director, Weil Institute

Department of Emergency Medicine

Email: joe.ornato@vcuhealth.org