Surgical Critical Care Residency

UF Health Shands Trauma CenterThe University of Florida Surgical Critical Care Residency offers a dynamic 12-month, multidisciplinary training program by a team of critical care specialists at UF Health Shands Hospital, which is a Level I trauma center and tertiary surgical referral center serving north and central Florida, as well as southern Georgia. 120 combined critical care beds include the trauma ICU (TICU), surgical ICU (SICU), neuro ICU (NICU) and burn ICU (BICU). In collaboration with the surgical services, the critical care teams manage 3,500 critically ill patients across trauma surgery, burn surgery, emergency general surgery, surgical oncology, pancreas-biliary surgery, bariatric surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, vascular surgery, otolaryngology, urology, plastic surgery and transplantation surgery. Primary learning objectives include, but are not limited to, advanced airway management, critical care ultrasonography (ex. FAST, TTE, TEE, ultrasound guided procedures), bedside procedures such as percutaneous tracheostomy, tube thoracostomy, vascular access, trauma and postoperative resuscitation, as well as sepsis, ARDS, and renal failure management.

The fundamental mission of the Surgical Critical Care Residency is to train highly skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate surgical critical care specialists, evidenced by 100% of graduates becoming board-certified within 2 years of program completion. Graduates will be well-rounded with a strong academic foundation as evidenced by 100% fellow participation in clinical or basic science research during the course of their training. Fellows will also demonstrate an understanding of the greater health care system with 100% of fellows participating in at least 1 Quality Assurance/Patient Safety project during training.

Clinical Experience

SurgeryHands_horizontal_KiewelSurgical critical care residents are required to complete 9 months of critical care training, with 5 months being spent in the TICU and SICU.  One month each in the Burn ICU, Cardiothoracic ICU, Neuro ICU, Thoracic/Vascular ICU. The electives available are vast, including, but not limited to trauma surgery, burn surgery, cardiothoracic ICU, medical ICU, pediatric ICU, neonatal ICU, VA SICU/CTICU, research, nutrition, ultrasound/echocardiography, airway, transplant, gerontology and advance radiology. All call duties are almost exclusively in-house 12-hour shifts. Trauma and critical care call duties are not combined, although there is the ability to take trauma and general surgery call throughout the entire academic year. Surgical critical care residents are expected to actively participate in resident education, as well as protocol implementation and construction. ATLS and ATLS instructor classes are offered and surgical critical care residents are encouraged, but not required, to enroll in these classes.

If desired, a distinct second year of trauma fellowship can be tailored to the specific trainee interests and can include a faculty appointment, robust trauma and emergency surgery clinical experience, research and/or a master’s program in public health or medical education. The University of Florida and UF Health Shands Trauma Center was approved as an official fellowship training site for Acute Care Surgery by the American Association for the surgery of Trauma in 2014. Learn about our program: Acute Care Surgery Fellowship.

UF’s College of Medicine also offers critical care medicine fellowship programs in anesthesiology, emergency medicine and pulmonary medicine. Surgical critical care residents work in a multidisciplinary fashion with attendings and residents/fellows from all disciplines, allowing for a robust, comprehensive approach to their critical care education.


UF Sepsis and Critical Illness Research Center_4C

The Department of Surgery acute care team has a robust research presence at the University of Florida. Multiple faculty members have active research programs within the Department of Surgery’s Laboratory of Inflammation Biology and Surgical Science which focuses on the role of innate cellular immunity and inflammatory mediators in the host response to severe trauma, burn injury, and sepsis. The team, under the direction of principle investigator Fred Moore, MD, was recently awarded a National Institutes of Health P50 center grant to establish the UF Sepsis and Critical Illness Research Center to study the persistent inflammation, immunosuppression and catabolism syndrome (PICS) following sepsis in surgical intensive care unit patients. Trainees with interest in a career in academic medicine are encouraged to pursue a faculty-mentored research project during their fellowship. Faculty expertise and potential research projects span a broad spectrum of research approaches from basic laboratory and translational research, to clinical and outcomes research. Individual research projects, additional research time, and/or master’s programs in public health or medical education can be designed to tailor to the trainees’ interests and career goals.

Application & Requirements

Four positions are available each academic year. Surgical critical care trainees must be board-eligible in general surgery, urology, neurosurgery or obstetrics and gynecology. The program is approved by the Residency Review Committee for Surgery through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and participates in the National Resident Matching Program. Upon completion of the fellowship, the fellow will be eligible to take the surgical critical care board exam.

Interested applicants will need to click on the link below in order to submit an application:

SCC and ACS Fellowship Application Service

Program Director:

Alicia M. Mohr, MD, FACS, FCCM
University of Florida Health Sciences Center
1600 S.W. Archer Road
Gainesville, FL  32610-0108


Department of Surgery Team

Scott C. Brakenridge, MD, MSCS
Assistant Professor, Acute Care Surgery

Torben K. Becker, MD, PhD, FAWM
Emergency Medicine

Azra Bihorac, MD, FASN, FCCM
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology

Joshua Carson, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor, Acute Care Surgery

Chasen Croft, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor, Acute Care Surgery

Ian Driscoll, MD, FACS
Associate Professor, Acute Care Surgery

Philip A. Efron, MD, FACS, FCCM
Associate Professor, Acute Care Surgery

Marie-Carmelle Elie, MD, FACEP, FCCM, RDMS
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine

Amanda M. Frantz, MD
Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology

Sean Kiley, MD
Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology

Edward McGough, MD, FCCP
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology

Meir Meerkov, MD
Assistant Professor, Acute Care Surgery

Alicia M. Mohr, MD, FACS, FCCM
Professor and Chief, Acute Care Surgery
Program Director, Surgical Critical Care Residency

Frederick A. Moore, MD, FACS, MCCM
Professor, Acute Care Surgery

David W. Mozingo, MD
Professor, Acute Care Surgery
Director, UF Health Burn Center

Martin Rosenthal, MD
Assistant Professor, Acute Care Surgery

Rohit Patel, MD
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology Critical Care

R. Steven Smith, MD, RDMS, FACS
Professor, Acute Care Surgery

Arturo G. Torres, MD
Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology

Michael Walters, MD
Assistant Professor, Acute Care Surgery

Current and Past Fellows:

Years Fellows Current/Last Position
2018-2019 Maria Alfaro, MD

John Davis, MD

Zachary Hothem, DO

Joshua Yeykal, DO

Kern Medical Center, CA (Surgery Resident)

University of Virginia (Surgery Resident)

Beaumont, Michigan (Surgery Resident)

Grayling, Michigan (General Surgeon)

2017-2018 Tiffany Anderson, MD

Maryann Mbaka, MD

Matthew Surrasco, MD

Erin Vanzant, MD

University of Florida (Surgery resident)

University of South Carolina (Surgery resident)

Loma Linda University (Surgery resident)

University of Florida (Surgical Critical Care Fellow)

2016-2017 Carrie Watson, DO

Irina Murray Casanova, MD

Christopher Kinnard, MD

Marcus Darrabie, MD

Ocala, FL (Level II Trauma Center)

University of Florida (Acute Care Surgery Fellow)

University of South Alabama (Level I Trauma Center)

Orlando, Florida

2015-2016 Connie Lee, MD

Doug Kwasneski, MD

Washington Univ. (Pediatric Surgeon)

University of South Florida (Level I Trauma Center)

2014-2015 Stephanie Markle, DO

Akram Alashari, MD

Kalamazoo, MI (Level II Trauma Center)

Myrtle Beach, SC (Level II Trauma Center)

2013-2014 Brandy Cross, MD

Martin Rosenthal, MD

Marietta, GA (General/Hand surgeon)

University of Florida (Level I Trauma Center)

2012-2013 Vanessa Cranford, MD

Dawood Dalaly, DO

St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada

Mt. Clemens, MI (SICU Director)

2011-2012 Arthur Jason Vaught, MD

Alejandro Garcia, MD

Johns Hopkins (OB/GYN, CCM)

Ocala, FL (Level II Trauma Center)

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