UAB Adult ECMO Program

Enrique Diaz-Guzman Zavala, MD

Enrique Diaz-Guzman Zavala, MD

Associate Professor Dr. Diaz-Guzman completed his medical training in July 1997 from the Ignacio A. Santos School of Medicine-ITESM in Monterrey, Mexico. He completed Internal Medicine training and served as Chief Resident for the Internal Medicine program at the Hospital San Jose-ITESM in Monterrey Mexico between 1999 and 2003. Subsequently, he completed an Internal Medicine Residency and a Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, where he dedicated ... View full profile

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Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO): Expanding the Role of Treatment in Critically Ill Patients 

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a leader in the expanded application of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) as a treatment for critically ill patients. 

Originally designed to provide heart-lung bypass support outside the body, ECMO is now used by physicians to successfully treat patients of all ages with a variety of conditions including severe pneumonia, influenza, pulmonary hypertension, and heart and lung injuries.

ECMO takes on the function of the heart and lungs by routing the patient’s blood into the machine where carbon dioxide is removed and oxygen is added. The blood is then pumped back into the body. ECMO services are typically available only in large hospitals such as UAB, with major critical care, transplant and trauma programs.

This presentation on the MD Learning Channel features Enrique Diaz-Guzman Zavala, MD discussing the rapidly expanding role of ECMO in patient care.