Emily Gilmore, MD, is a critical care neurologist at Yale Medicine with subspecialty training in critical care EEG (brain wave) monitoring. She has a particular interest in patients with traumatic brain injury, cardiac arrest and subarachnoid hemorrhage.
During medical school, Dr. Gilmore developed an interest in end-of-life and palliative care through her work with hospice and caring for children with devastating neurologic disorders. The combination of these experiences eventually led her to the field of critical care neurology, which drew upon all her interests. “I found the combination of helping to save a patient’s life using advanced technology and also the privilege of assisting families in that critical time of transition a really satisfying aspect of doing critical care neurology,” she says.
Dr. Gilmore helps her patients by reassuring them or their loved ones that her team is going to do everything they can to get them through a life changing event. “The patients and their families are the most rewarding and inspiring parts of my job,” says Dr. Gilmore. “Seeing peoples’ resilience and how their families support them through that and help us in the decision-making process is really powerful.”
In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Gilmore is an associate professor in the divisions of neuro-critical care and emergency neurology as well as epilepsy at the Yale School of Medicine. She is involved in studies assessing new treatments for refractory status epilepticus as well as biomarkers of epileptogenesis (the process in which the brain develops epilepsy) in severe traumatic brain injury. Dr Gilmore hopes her research on brain wave activity and how it is affected by neurologic injury will help improve functional and cognitive outcomes for survivors of acute brain injury.