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Anesthesiology Critical Care Fellowship


Critical Care Fellow Alum Bob Pranaat, M.D,

Program Director Kunal Panda, M.D.



The fellowship in Critical Care Medicine is open to candidates with a background in Anesthesiology. The one-year fellowship is based in the intensive care units of Strong Memorial Hospital and Highland Hospital. The fellow is exposed to a multidisciplinary environment and a combined educational program with Medicine and Surgery, and includes multiple role models in critical care. The fellowship is accredited by the ACGME and fulfills the requirements for subspecialty board in all the patient boards.

The mission of our program is to provide state of the art training and clinical experience in a multidisciplinary academic environment so that fellows can achieve competence in patient care, knowledge, practice based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills and systems based practice in the field of Critical Care Medicine. This mission aligns with the University of Rochester motto, "Meliora," which means "ever better" in preparing anesthesiologists to become expert consultant Critical Care anesthesiologists in both academic and private practice settings, as well as participate in patient safety systems in Western New York and throughout the nation.

Program Highlights

  • Faculty with diverse interests in critical care: trauma, burns, heart transplant, liver transplant, neurological and prehospital critical care 
  • Graduates of our program become leaders and run ICUs nationally
  • Leading Center in ARDS and ventilator research
  • Exposure to a diverse patient population with a mixed urban and rural population
  • Fellows participate in academic projects in both basic and clinical research

Our Program Aims to:

  • Provide high quality fellow education in Critical Care Medicine (Anesthesiology) through patient care, faculty moderated flipped classroom didactics, and in depth training so that trainees are well rounded in a multitude of skills to further their careers
  • Graduate fellows who are able to provide excellent patient care in a multidisciplinary setting in Critical Medicine in either a private practice or academic setting. 
  • Ensure that all fellows will be fully trained and eligible for certification in Critical Care Medicine.


About Our Director

Our Fellowship by the Numbers


Total Fellows

100 %

Board Certification

2500 +

Critical care patient interactions annually


Critical care trained anesthesiologists

Flexible Curriculum

Our curriculum consists of twelve 4-week rotation blocks, weekly lectures, Anesthesiology grand rounds, teaching and supervisory activities, and a scholarly project in research, medical education,quality improvement, grand rounds or another field prior to graduation.


Our strength is our multidisciplinary team including adult and pediatric board-certified anesthesiologists.  

Life of a URMC Fellow

Our emphasis on work/life balance is an important reason residents choose URMC. A focus on trainees well-being enables you to learn and thrive in Rochester.

Alumni Perspective

"This was an opportunity to further my training at a tertiary referral center with plenty of incredible ICU experiences. But moreso, I wanted more time to learn from people I came to greatly admire here as a resident. I hadn't learned enough from Drs. Galton, Dooley, Quill, Kaufman, Prasad...Staying for another year meant that I would have another year to learn from so many incredible educators and clinicians."

Robert Pranaat, M.D. (2022)

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