Seife Yohannes

Seife Yohannes, MD, is an attending physician in the Department of Critical Care, MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC). With background and board certification in neurocritical care, critical care medicine, and infectious diseases, Dr. Yohannes specializes in providing surgical and critical care to critically ill and injured patients.

At MWHC, Dr. Yohannes is working to improve patient care through his work as the physician lead for the Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection Performance Improvement Committee and for the Sepsis Performance Improvement Committee. In the broader community, he maintains memberships in the Neurocritical Care Society, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the American College of Physicians. He has served on the SCCM’s Disaster Medicine Committee, and he currently serves as an SCCM instructor in the fundamentals of disaster medicine. To encourage collaboration in the treatment of patients with critical illnesses and the advancement of research to help these patients, he regularly shares information with his colleagues in critical and surgical care. Topics of his presentations have included “Non-Neurologic Complications in the Neurologically Injured Patient,” “Point-of-Care Cardiac Ultrasound,” and “Infectious Complications in the Intensive-Care Unit.”

His work on evolving practices in the management of acute kidney injury was published in Clinical Nephrology. He received a Clinician’s Choice Award from the Kimberly-Clark Corporation for his work on preventing hospital-associated infection. Dr. Yohannes has also won a Keystone Educator Award from MWHC, an award for outstanding performance in obstetrics and gynecology from Howard University, and an award for best poster from the American College of Physicians’ District of Columbia chapter. His prior experience includes work as the director of infection prevention for a local hospital. He previously held an appointment as assistant professor of Medicine, George Washington University Hospital.

Dr. Yohannes holds testamur status in perioperative trans-esophageal echocardiography, and he is certified by the American College of Chest Physicians in point-of-care ultrasound. He holds certificates from the National Institutes of Health in the principles and practices of clinical research, clinical pharmacology, and hospital epidemiology.  

His medical degree is from Howard University College of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases at the combined Georgetown University/MWHC program. He then completed a fellowship in critical care at George Washington University.

Research Interests

Dr. Yohannes’s research interests include the following:

  • Surgical critical care
  • Advances in critical care medicine
  • Point-of-care ultrasound in the critical care unit
  • Treatment of post-cardiopulmonary bypass vasoplegic syndrome
  • Early prediction and treatment of sepsis
  • Hospital-acquired infection
  • Infectious diseases prevention

View Dr. Yohannes’s publications on PubMed.

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  • Research Areas
  • Critical Care/Emergency Medicine
  • Other Surgical