Craig Weinert, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Craig Weinert

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Mailing Address:
420 Delaware ST SE
MMC 276
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Helen Rieger

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Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Director, Fairview Tele-ICU Critical Care Program

Pulmonologist and Critical Care Physician

George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC

Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Master's Degree, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN


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. 

Awards & Recognition

  • Presidential Citation Award, Society of Critical Care Medicine (2012, 2013)
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center Medical Staff Award for Clinical Care (2011)

Professional Associations

  • Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Thoracic Society


Research Summary/Interests

  • 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




Fairview Northland Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Pulmonary
  • Critical Care Medicine

Clinical Interests

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