Atiya Dhala

Atiya Dhala, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery, Academic Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Dr. Atiya Dhala is the Medical Director of Houston Methodist Hospital’s Virtual ICU and an Intensivist in her hospital’s Surgical Liver ICU (SLICU) located in the Texas Medical Center.  In addition to her clinical duties, Dr. Dhala serves as the Director of Surgical Critical Care Education. She is also an associate professor at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, and the Institute of Academic Medicine at Houston Methodist.  Dr. Dhala attended Madras Medical College in Madras, India and completed her residency and fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, New York.

With over two decades of clinical expertise, Dr. Dhala focuses on reducing post-ICU co-morbidities in SLICU and improving the overall quality of life for her ICU patients.  Over her career, Dr. Dhala has earned numerous awards for her love and commitment to teaching.


Past, present, and future of sustainable intensive care: narrative review and a large hospital system experience
Masud, FN, Sasangohar, F, Ratnani, I, Fatima, S, Hernandez, MA, Riley, T, Fischer, J, Dhala, A, Gooch, ME, Keeling-Johnson, K, Moon, J & Vincent, JL 2024, , Critical Care, vol. 28, no. 1, 154.

Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract State-of-the-Art Session 2022: Frailty in Surgery
Keller, DS, Kimura, CMS, Kin, CJ, Chu, DI, Smith, BP, Dhala, A, Arrington, AK, Clark, CJ, Winslow, ER, Al-Refaie, WB & Khaitan, PG 2024, , Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 158-163.

The relationship between pre-transplant inflammatory markers and death with function after kidney transplantation.
Lorenz, E, Bentali, A, B, S, Park, W, Dhala, A, Waterman, AD, Kennedy, CC, Hickson, LJ, Rule, AD, Cheville, A, LeBrasseur, NK & Stegall, MD 2023, , Transplantation.

Integrating a Virtual ICU with Cardiac and Cardiovascular ICUs: Managing the Needs of a Complex and High-Acuity Specialty ICU Cohort
Dhala, A, Fusaro, MV, Uddin, F, Tuazon, D, Klahn, S, Schwartz, R, Sasangohar, F, Alegria, J & Masud, F 2023, , Methodist DeBakey cardiovascular journal, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 4-16.

A Year of Critical Care: The Changing Face of the ICU During COVID-19
Dhala, A, Gotur, D, Hsu, SHL, Uppalapati, A, Hernandez, M, Alegria, J & Masud, F 2021, , Methodist DeBakey cardiovascular journal, vol. 17, no. 5, pp. 31-42.

Rapid implementation and innovative applications of a virtual intensive care unit during the COVID-19 pandemic: Case study
Dhala, A, Sasangohar, F, Kash, B, Ahmadi, N & Masud, F 2020, , Journal of medical Internet research, vol. 22, no. 9, e20143.

Use of telecritical care for family visitation to ICU during the COVID-19 pandemic: an interview study and sentiment analysis
Sasangohar, F, Dhala, A, Zheng, F, Ahmadi, N, Kash, B & Masud, F 2020, , BMJ Quality & Safety, pp. bmjqs-2020-011604.

Strongyloides stercoralis in solid organ transplantation: early diagnosis gets the worm
Mobley, CM, Dhala, A & Ghobrial, RM 2017, , Current opinion in organ transplantation.

Gastro-intestinal stromal tumor (GIST) complicating a colonic interposition: A novel case report
Badshah, MB, Riaz, H, Korsten, MA, Dhala, A, Park, YHA, Abadi, M & Badshah, MB 2014, , BMC Research Notes, vol. 7, no. 1, 604.

Pulmonary arterial hypertension in systemic lupus erythematosus: Current status and future direction
Dhala, A 2012, , Clinical and Developmental Immunology, vol. 2012, 854941.

Respiratory health consequences of environmental tobacco smoke
Dhala, A, Pinsker, K & Prezant, DJ 2006, , Clinics in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 139-156.

Pulmonary disease in rescue workers at the World Trade Center site
Banauch, GI, Dhala, A & Prezant, DJ 2005, , Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 160-168.

Bronchial hyperreactivity and other inhalation lung injuries in rescue/recovery workers after the World Trade Center collapse
Banauch, GI, Dhala, A, Alleyne, D, Alva, R, Santhyadka, G, Krasko, A, Weiden, M, Kelly, KJ & Prezant, DJ 2005, , Critical Care Medicine, vol. 33, no. 1 SUPPL. pp. S102-S106.

Respiratory health consequences of environmental tobacco smoke
Dhala, A, Pinsker, K & Prezant, DJ 2004, , Medical Clinics of North America, vol. 88, no. 6, pp. 1535-1552.

The incidence, prevalence, and severity of sarcoidosis in New York City firefighters
Prezant, DJ, Dhala, A, Goldstein, A, Janus, D, Ortiz, F, Aldrich, TK & Kelly, KJ 1999, , CHEST, vol. 116, no. 5, pp. 1183-1193.