What's Special About University of Michigan Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program

The Surgical Critical Care Fellowship was started by Dr. Robert Bartlett in 1984. Dr. Bartlett also established the ECMO Program at the University of Michigan, and in the neonatal unit, turned around a 90% mortality rate in neonatal lung failure to a 90% survival rate.

The Program was accredited by the ACGME in 1990. In 2006, Dr. Lena Napolitano came to the University of Michigan to lead the program, tirelessly championing the fellows and establishing the program as one of the best in the country. Dr. Krishnan Raghavendran was the Program Director between July 2013 - December 2016. Dr. Pauline Park is our current Program Director January 2017 – present.

Under the tutelage of world-renowned critical care faculty, including Dr. Lena Napolitano, Dr. Hasan Alam and Dr. Pauline Park, Surgical Critical Care Fellows are trained in cutting edge techniques of critical care medicine in Michigan's Intensive Care Units.

ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation)
Approximately 75-100 patients undergo Extracorporeal Life Support at the University of Michigan each year. Our fellows work with the established experts and researchers in this leading edge treatment, learning to independently work with ECMO.

Core Curriculum
Our outstanding Educational Core Curriculum includes information and exposure to issues regarding the administration of ICUs, national standards and issues in critical care, and recent initiatives to improve care of the critically ill and injured. Additional experience in severe respiratory and cardiac failure, and ECMO is included in the SICU and CVC ICU rotations.

Current Fellows and Placed Fellows
We have an outstanding class of current fellows, and in the past four years, our graduates have accepted faculty positions at various health centers, such as the University of Massachusetts, Boston University, and the Mayo Clinic. Each year, one or two stay with the University of Michigan to continue building our critical care units and critical care program, becoming leaders in their own right.