H. Neal Reynolds, MD, is a medicine based intensivist with the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, MD. He established the initial Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT) program in 1987 and did initial research in the field of CRRT and plasma exchange therapy. In the late 1990s he was one of three who established the first Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation program (ECMO: temporary artificial lungs) at the Shock Trauma Center, established a supporting mobile ICU program, and facilitated the introduction of unique ventilator modes for life support. Following a hiatus, during which he provided care at the most underserved facility in Baltimore, Dr. Reynolds returned to the Trauma Center, where he serves as the Co-Director of the Multi-Trauma ICU.
While working with the underserved environment, in 2003, Dr. Reynolds established a tele-ICU program utilizing open-architecture robotic technology to assist in 24x7 care and subsequently continued to work in the field of telemedicine/telehealth. He facilitated the implementation of the first commercial tele-ICU at the Sentara Health System in Norfolk, VA. Recognizing the limitations of the tele-ICU verbiage, he established a working group and developed a “Lexicon for the Tele-ICU.” He has published in the telemedicine – disaster arena, reviewed national deployment of tele-ICU robotics, and published in the correctional telehealth domain. Within the telehealth field, he has spoken locally, nationally, and internationally; published multiple peer-reviewed articles and book chapters; and taught telehealth at the medical student, resident and fellow, and practitioner levels. He is currently involved in the utilization of infrared image enhancement to improve remote examination with telehealth technologies.
Dr. Reynolds has worked for legislation with the Maryland General Assembly, culminating in laws mandating private payer and Medicaid reimbursement and simplifying credentialing. He served the State of Maryland as Chairman of the Clinical Group for the 3rd Maryland Telemedicine Task Force and worked for the adoption of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and reduction of burdensome Medicaid TeleHealth credentialing requirements. Most recently, he worked to establish a statewide alliance to promote the adoption and growth of TeleHealth within the State of Maryland, and is Vice President of the Maryland Telehealth Alliance, Inc.
Dr. Reynolds is board certified in Internal Medicine and four times certified in Critical Care Medicine. He holds patents on fundamental mechanisms of oxygen exchangers and remote image enhancement via infrared imaging.
He is a Platinum Level member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), an active member of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), sits on the ATA Tele-ICU Interest Group, and is an active member of the Legislative Sub-Committee of the Maryland State Medical Society (MedChi), reviewing all legislation potentially impacting health care in the State of Maryland.