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Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

1-2 Year Clinical Fellowship in Trauma and
Surgical Critical Care

Program Description

The Division of Acute Care Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center offers a one or two year Fellowship in trauma and surgical critical care. The Fellowship is ACGME-accredited and fulfills requirements by the American Board of Surgery for Added Qualifications in Surgical Critical Care Certification after one year.

This Fellowship provides a flexible clinical year designed with clinical and administrative experience overseeing our newly constructed 25-bed Kessler Family ICU, our 12-bed Surgical ICU and the trauma/emergency general surgery services. An additional year of clinical and/or basic research with a productive translational research group of basic and clinical researchers is also available. This includes extensive experiences in nutrition, resuscitation, immunologic dysfunction, and multiple organ failure laboratory projects following injury. Epidemiological and outcomes projects are also encouraged and supported within the Department of Surgery.


The Clinical Fellowship is split between the 25-bed Kessler Family ICU and the I2-bed Surgical ICU at the University of Rochester Medical. The program includes rotations in the Surgical ICU that provides care for liver transplant, vascular, major oncologic, and several subspecialty surgical patients. Elective experiences on the Burn Service or on the Trauma/Emergency Surgery services are offered. The program provides electives in the MICU and the separate Cardiac or Pediatric ICUs.

The duration of the fellowship is one year for board eligibility. A two-year program is also available that provides flexibility for the fellow, allowing additional focused training in clinical and investigative aspect of trauma/burn/or Surgical ICU care.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for admission to the Fellowship Program, you must be beyond Post-graduate year 3.

Research Fellowship in Post-Injury Inflammation and Infection

Program Description

The Division of Acute Care Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center is offering a one or two year Research Fellowship in Post-Injury Host Defense and Inflammation. The Fellow is one of 3 fellowships supported in the Stress Response and Immunobiology Research Group directed by Paul Bankey, M.D., Ph.D., and Carol Miller-Graziano, Ph.D.

The Fellowship includes extensive experience in bench laboratory investigation of circulating and pulmonary leukocytes from trauma patients in the Trauma/Burn ICU. State-of-the-art cell, protein, and molecular biology resources are available within the laboratory principal investigators. Studies focus on the injury induced alterations in leukocyte receptor expression and signal transduction that lead to excessive inflammation and impaired host defense. Basic Laboratory findings are integrated with clinical outcomes in a database maintained by a clinical research nurse. Apoptosis, cytokine generation, and gene expression are examined using documentation, cell culture, and Microarray analysis. The Fellowship also offers an opportunity to study under the direction of 2 Ph.D.’s in Immunology and one in Nutritional Biochemistry.

Eligibility Requirements

The Research Fellowship in Post-Injury Inflammation and Infection specifically offers an opportunity to surgeons who will follow an academic career in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care; however, interested candidates in other fields are welcome to apply.

Kessler Burn & Trauma Center

The Kessler Burn & Trauma Center is the State Designated Level 1 Trauma Hospital for the Finger Lakes Region of New York and treats 2000 trauma patients each year. The Emergency Department records 80,000 visits per year and the Trauma Program is supported by a mature Regional EMS ground and air transport system.


The Acute Care Surgery Division includes 8 fulltime Trauma/Critical Care, Fellowship-trained, attending surgeons. Our surgeons have a dedicated interest in trauma management, pre-hospital system development, comprehensive bum care, surgical critical care, and management of post-injury organ dysfunction.

  • Nicole A. Stassen, M.D., F.A.C.S.
    Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
    Medical Director, Kessler Family Burn/Trauma ICU
    Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program Director
  • Mark L. Gestring, M.D., F.A.C.S.
    Chief of Acute Care Surgery
    Professor of Surgery, Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics 
    Medical Director, Kessler Trauma Center
  • Paul E. Bankey, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S.
    Professor of Surgery
  • Derek Bell, M.D.
    Director, Kessler Burn Center
    Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • Julius D. Cheng, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S
    Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics and Professor of Clinical Nursing
  • Michael Nabozny, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
  • Yan Qi, M.D., F.A.C.S.
    Assistant Professor of Surgery
    Associate Program Director for Curriculum and Simulation General Surgery Residency Program
  • Ayodele T. Sangosanya, M.D.
    Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
  • Michael A. Vella, M.D., M.B.A.
    Assistant Professor of Surgery


For questions, please contact:
Nicole A. Stassen, M.D., F.A.C.S.
601 Elmwood Ave., Box SURG,
Rochester, NY 14642
Phone: (585) 275-3376

Amy Mills, C-TAGME 
Residency Administrator
Phone: (585) 275-2723