Dr. Robert Westlake Joins CMC/DHK as the new Medical Director of the ICU and Pulmonary/Critical Care

October 25th, 2016

Robert Westlake

Robert Westlake, MD

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK) is pleased to welcome Robert Westlake, MD as the new Medical Director of both the Intensive Care Unit and Pulmonary/Critical Care Department. Dr. Westlake comes to us from Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA.  At Mount Auburn Dr. Westlake founded the Critical Care Service and was Director of both the Medical and Surgical ICUs.  Over a twelve-year period, he built the critical care service into one with 24/7 intensivist presence and was core teaching faculty of the internal medicine program.  He won the Mount Auburn Hospital/Harvard Medical School Clinician Teacher Award in 2016, was a “Top Doctor” in Pulmonary Disease for the Boston area, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. 

Dr. Westlake holds a unique appointment at CMC/DHK, as six to eight weeks a year he will attend in the Medical ICU at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and serve as clinical faculty for the Dartmouth training program in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.  This arrangement will ensure that the Intensive Care Unit at CMC/DHK remains knowledgeable of the latest advancements in the care of the critically ill.  He currently holds an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine.

Dr. Westlake grew up in New Fairfield, CT and graduated with honors in Cellular and Developmental Biology from Harvard College.  He took his medical degree from Vanderbilt and trained in internal medicine at the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center.  Following time as a general internist, hospitalist, and intensivist in Honolulu, Dr. Westlake returned to New England for fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in the Harvard Medical School Program.  This included clinical training at the Brigham, BIDMC, and Massachusetts General Hospitals.  During his time at Mount Auburn he also graduated from the inaugural class of their Interprofessional Leadership Academy. 

The Intensive Care Unit [ICU] at CMC/DHK is a specialized center where highly trained nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists, and others employ intensive monitoring to offer high quality care in a patient’s time of need.  Patients may be moved to the ICU for close monitoring after surgery or to stabilize organ dysfunction.  Common conditions requiring movement to the ICU might include heart failure, infections resulting in blood pressure instability, respiratory failure, heart rhythm disturbances, and others.  The ICU team meets regularly to ensure that our care at CMC/DHK meets the highest standards.

About Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene is a nonprofit community hospital and clinic with a mission to lead our community to become the nation's healthiest through our clinical and service excellence, collaboration, and compassion for every patient, every time. Founded by CMC/DHK, Healthy Monadnock is a community-wide health initiative designed to actively engage the citizens of Cheshire County in the process of becoming the nation's healthiest community. Cheshire Medical Center is a Dartmouth-Hitchcock affiliate hospital. To learn more, call 603-354-5400 or visit