Craig Weinert

Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Director, Fairview Tele-ICU Critical Care Program


Administrator Info
Name: Helen Rieger
Phone: 612-624-0999
Fax: 612-625-2174
Mail: 420 Delaware ST SE
MMC 276
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Dr. Craig Weinert has been in the PACCS division for 25 years starting as a P/CC fellow in 1994 and completing MPH training in 1998 focusing on ICU research. His research on post-ICU mental health outcomes was supported by the Division's ARDS SCOR grant followed by a K-23 from NIMH. He then developed a research team from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy to study patient-controlled sedation during mechanical ventilation. This work has been supported by R-series grants from NINR and NHLBI including an ongoing RCT at 4 hospital sites including Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Dr. Weinert has served in several capacities in critical care and QI administration at the University of Minnesota Medical Center and M Health-Fairview. In 2010, along with Drs. Greg Beilman and David Ingbar he started a multi-Departmental critical care program that now supports approximately 40 intensivist physicians and 8 APPs from the Medicine, Anesthesiology and Surgery Departments, covering ~ 100 ICU beds (3 hospitals on-site and 6 tele-ICU hospitals). He also has led non-ICU QI projects/programs at UMMC including the RRT program, mortality review, Open Notes at UMMC and the system-wide sepsis program. Returning to his public health roots, he now leads a statewide sepsis initiative as chair of the Minnesota Hospital Association Sepsis committee.

Research Summary

  • Sedation of patients requiring mechanical ventilation
  • Post-ICU outcomes including psychiatric symptoms
  • Physician-patient communication
  • Tele-ICU systems

Research Projects

  • Randomized trials of patient-controlled sedation
  • Recovery from critical illness
  • Tele-ICU patient management
  • Hospitalized patients’ interpretation of physician progress notes

Clinical Summary

Critical care, sedation of patients during mechanical ventilation, acute respiratory failure


MD, George Washington University School of Medicine

Honors and Recognition

Medical Staff Award for Clinical Care, University of Minnesota Medical Center
Presidential Citation Award, (2012, 2013), Society of Critical Care Medicine

Professional Memberships

Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Thoracic Society