Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

The University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) /Denver Health Surgical Critical Care Fellowship is an ACGME/RRC approved training program whose goal is to educate fellows in the advanced care of critically ill and injured patients. Rotational experience includes trauma, cardiac, burn and pediatric, and general surgical critical care. The broad experience gained through diverse faculty and programmatic elements prepares the fellow for board examinations and a career in academic practice.

The fellowship is designed to provide the critical care resident (CCR) with an education in the principles and practice of state-of-the art surgical critical care. This is accomplished by exposing the CCR to a broad array of surgical illnesses through teaching rounds, primary patient care, educational conferences and specialized rotations. Upon completion of training, the CCR is expected to demonstrate proficiency in surgical critical care decision making, specific organ system support, evaluation of new technology and treatment techniques, ICU administration, outcomes assessment, research design and interaction with patients, families and health care personnel. These clinical goals are accomplished by providing the CCR with a position dedicated to the intensive care units at Denver Health, The Children’s Hospital of Denver (TCH), and the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH).

The fellowship is devoted to patient care with didactic, clinical and research components. CCR training consists of 12 months, four months at Denver Health and eight months at University Hospital. Fellows can devote time in the surgical intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, burn/trauma unit, cardiothoracic ICU and neuroICU. The clinical component includes experience gained by direct patient responsibility under supervision of teaching faculty and independent study on relevant topics.

The didactic component includes taking part in multidisciplinary critical care rounds with Denver Health surgical attendings, surgical housestaff, trauma coordinators, social workers and attending physicians in Neurosurgery and Infectious Disease three times a week. Additionally, daily teaching rounds on all surgical ICU patients are conducted by a general surgery/trauma/critical care attending. There is a monthly multidisciplinary critical care conference which includes lectures by outside experts on a wide range of critical care topics. Other didactic elements include a Morbidity and Mortality Conference, Surgical Grand Rounds and an Ethics Conference.

Research may be conducted on a variety of critical care projects and the opportunity to take master’s level classes at the UCHSC in biostatistics and research methods exists. There is a weekly multidisciplinary research conference which focuses on basic science and critical care research.

Application

Please submit your application using the SCC and ACS Fellowship Application Service.

Conference Schedule

Conference Frequency Responsible Individual
Denver Health
SICU Attending Rounds Daily DHMC Faculty
Multidisciplinary Critical Care Conference Monthly Carlton Barnett, MD
Pulmonary Rounds Weekly Jeffrey L. Johnson, MD
SICU Checkout Rounds Daily Critical Care Fellow
Morbidity and Mortality Conference Weekly DHMC Faculty
DHMC Surgical Research Conference Weekly Ernest E. Moore, MD
Trauma & Critical Care Teaching Conference Weekly Clay Cothren Burlew, MD
Acute Care Surgery Teaching Conference Weekly Denis D. Bensard, MD
Multidisciplinary Trauma Conference Monthly Stephanie Haley-Andrews, RN
Critical Care Teaching Conference Weekly Critical Care Fellow
Trauma Council Monthly Carlton Barnett, MD
Injury Prevention Committee Quarterly Bill Burman
Ethics Committee Meeting Monthly Sharon Langendoerfer, MD
Disaster Management Monthly Chrisopher Colwell, MD
University of Colorado Hospital
SICU Attending Rounds Daily Critical Care Faculty
Grand Rounds Weekly Richard Schulick, MD
Morbidity and Mortality Conference Weekly General Surgery Faculty
Dept. of Surgery Research Conference Weekly Richard Schulick, MD
Ernest E. Moore, MD
Surgery Teaching Conference Weekly Gordon Lindberg, MD
Basic Science Conference Weekly Robert C. McIntyre, MD
Children's Hospital Colorado
SICU Attending Rounds Daily Critical Care Faculty
Radiology Rounds Daily Critical Care and Radiology Faculty
Morbidity and Mortality Conference Weekly Pediatric Surgery Faculty
Pediatric Grand Rounds Monthly CHCO Faculty
Surgery Teaching Conference Weekly Mortiz Ziegler, MD
Trauma Conference Weekly Denis D. Bensard, MD

Faculty

Clay Cothren Burlew, MD FACS
Program Director, Surgical Critical Care
Program Director, TACS Fellowship
Director, Surgical Intensive Care Unit at DHMC
Professor of Surgery, UCH

Contact Information:
Department of Surgery
Denver Health
777 Bannock Street, MC 0206
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 303-602-1830
Fax: 303-436-6572
Email: clay.cothren@dhha.org

Robert C. McIntyre, MD FACS
Associate Program Director, Surgical Critical Care
Co-Director of SICU, UCH 
Professor of Surgery, UCH

Contact Information:
Department of Surgery
University of Colorado
12631 E. 17th Avenue, MS - C313
Aurora, CO 80045
Office: (303) 724-2734
Fax: (303) 724-2733

University of Colorado:

Jason Brainard, MD 
Department of Anesthesia Associate Professor, UCH

Patrick Duffy, MD
Department of Surgery Assistant Professor, UCH

Lisa Ferrigno, MD, MPH 
Department of Surgery Assistant Professor, UCH

Laura Harmon, MD
Department of Surgery Assistant Professor, UCH

Juan Paul Idrovo, MD 
Department of Surgery Assistant Professor, UCH

Erik Peltz, DO
Department of Surgery Assistant Professor, UCH

Lauren Steward, MD 
Department of Surgery Assistant Professor, UCH

Catherine Velopulos, MD, MPH 
Department of Surgery Associate Professor, UCH

Anne Wagner, MD 
Department of Surgery Associate Professor, UCH

Frank Wright, MD 
Department of Surgery Assistant Professor, UCH

Arek Wiktor, MD 
Department of Surgery Assistant Professor, UCH


Denver Health:

Denis Bensard, MD FACS, FAAP
Professor of Surgery, UCH

Eric Campion, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, UCH

Mitchell Cohen, MD 
Bruce Rockwell Chair of Surgery, DH 
Director of Surgery, DH 
Professor of Surgery, UCH

Charles Fox, MD 
Associate Professor of Surgery, UCH

Ryan Lawless, MD 
Assistant Professor of Surgery, UCH

Ernest E. Moore, MD FACS 
Distinguished Professor of Surgery, UCH 
Vice Chair of Trauma & Critical Care Research, UCH

Fredric Pieracci, MD, MPH 
Associate Professor of Surgery, UCH

K. Barry Platnick, MD 
Associate Professor of Surgery, UCH

 

Residents in our program must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, asylee or possess the appropriate documentation to allow resident to legally train at the University of Colorado.