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Episode 43: PONS- Management of Super Refractory Status Epilepticus

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The NCS Podcast Series is partnering with the highly successful Pharmacotherapy of Neurocritical Care Series (PONS) in a limited release to cover pertinent pharmacological topics presented by experts in the field of neurocritical care.

Dr. Jeff Mucksavage, Co-Chair of PONS, interviews Dr. Karen Berger to discuss her presentation in the Pharmacotherapy of Neurocritical Care Series (PONS), "Management of Super Refractory Status Epilepticus."

The NCS Podcast is the official podcast of the Neurocritical Care Society. Our senior producer is Bonnie Rossow. Our host is Fawaz Almufti, and our production staff includes Ramani Balu, Michael Brogan, Joshua Levine, Sarah Stern-Nezer, Benjamin Miller, Starane Shepherd, and Chris Zammit. Our administrative staff includes Bonnie Rossow and Angel Gindele. Music by Mohan Kottapally.


  • Karen Berger, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

    Dr. Karen Berger is a neurocritical care clinical pharmacist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center. She received her doctor of pharmacy from the University of Florida in 2009 and went on to complete her PGY-1 pharmacy residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and her PGY-2 critical care residency at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago, where she acted as chief resident. Dr. Berger is an active member of the American Society of Health-system Pharmacists, American College of Clinical Pharmacists, and Society of Critical Care Medicine and participates on various committees within these organizations. Within SCCM, she currently serves as the Chair for the Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology Section Education Committee and the Co-Vice Chair of the Adult Item Writing Committee. She has also been an active member of the New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists, currently serving as the Chair of the Continuing Competency Committee and as the President for the NYC chapter. Dr. Berger is board certified in pharmacotherapy and critical care and serves as the co-chair of the student advisory committee at NYPH as well as a preceptor to pharmacy students and PGY-1 and critical care PGY-2 residents in the neurosciences intensive care unit.