About NCS


About NCS

The Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) is proud to be the only professional society representing multi-disciplinary teams of neurocritical care providers around the world whose mission is to improve outcomes for patients with life-threatening neurological illnesses. Comprised of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, advanced practice providers, researchers and scientists, the neurocritical care team serves patients with life-threatening brain and spinal cord emergencies and injuries, using training in areas like advanced brain and nervous system monitoring and pharmacotherapy, with one goal — to bring their collective knowledge to drive the best possible outcomes.

Our members treat a wide range of neurocritical conditions, including:
  • stroke (Ischemic stroke, intracerebral and subarachnoid hemorrhage)
  • traumatic brain injury and spine trauma
  • post-cardiac arrest
  • status epilepticus
  • nerve and muscle diseases
  • spinal cord disorders
  • coma
  • delirium
  • neurogenic respiratory failure
  • neuro-inflammatory and infectious disorders
  • brain tumors.

NCS promotes and fosters research in neurocritical care through the Neurocritical Care Research Central (NCRC) and serves the professional needs of providers through practice guidelines, certification courses, a global neuroscience education conference called the Annual Meeting, online education and publications. NCS exists to ensure that members of the neurocritical care team are ready to handle those first critical hours of a neurological emergency.

More than 21 international partner organizations collaborate with NCS to provide quality and equitable care to patients and to educate clinicians on best practices in neuroscience.

Mission Statement

The Neurocritical Care Society strives to provide...

Quality Patient Care 
by identifying and implementing best medical practices for acute neurological disorders that are consistent with current scientific knowledge, and that promote compassionate care and respect for patient-centered values.

Professional Collaboration by providing a forum for communication, collaboration, and exchange of ideas between physicians and allied health-care professionals within different specialties who care for critically-ill neurological patients.

Research by fostering clinical, experimental, and outcomes research focused on developing innovative and cost-effective medical and surgical interventions for acute neurological disorders.

Training and Education by developing standards for advanced fellowship training, program accreditation, and physician certification in the subspecialty of neurological intensive care.

Advocacy by making the case to patients, the public, policy makers and other healthcare professionals that complex, life-threatening neurological diseases are best cared for by a multidisciplinary team with special expertise in neurocritical care.


To provide and advocate for the highest quality of care for patients with critical neurological illness throughout the world.

Policies & Procedures


The medical profession has long subscribed to a body of ethical statements developed primarily for the benefit of the patient. As a member of this profession, neurocritical care personnel must recognize responsibility to patients first and foremost, as well as to society, to other health professionals, and to self. The following Principles adopted by the Neurocritical Care Society are not laws, but standards of conduct which define the essentials of honorable behavior for our members. As members, all are expected to exhibit the highest standards of honesty and integrity.