Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

Directed by Ram Nirula, MD, MPH, this is a one-year ACGME accredited fellowship in Surgical Critical Care that accepts two candidates for the fellowship program each year. The one-year track offers broad exposure to high acuity surgical critical care patients including trauma, general surgery, transplant, neurosurgical, cardiothoracic and vascular surgery patients. Additionally, we offer a unique training experience to our fellows in transthoracic and trans-esophageal echocardiography with the ability to perform a sufficient number of exams to sit for the echocardiography certification.

SICU fellows supervise the SICU residents and run daily rounds under the guidance of attendings as well as taking a primary role in weekly SICU didactics and monthly SICU journal clubs. Electives are available in burn, pediatric and neurocritical care. Upon completion of the one-year fellowship, fellows will have acquired the necessary knowledge and experience to make them eligible to sit for the Critical Care Exam by the American Board of Surgery.

Surgical critical care residents that have completed five years of training in general surgery may also serve as junior faculty taking trauma or emergency general surgery call, with no more than 20 percent of the resident’s time being spent providing surgical/trauma care to patients.


In accordance with current American Board of Surgery regulations, candidates will be considered after three years of general surgery, neurosurgery, urology or obstetrics and gynecology residency if they plan to complete their primary specialty training after the one-year fellowship in SCC.

Policies & Benefits

You can obtain more information regarding the graduate medical education policies and benefits, along with general information, at the Graduate Medical Education site.


Contact Us

Ram Nirula, MD, MPH

Ram Nirula, MD, MPH, FACS

Co-Director of Surgical ICU & Trauma Care Services
Phone: (801) 587-9367

Alexander Colonna

Alexander Colonna, MD

Co-Director Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Assistant Professor, General Surgery

Fellowship Coordinator:

Kathy Asay
Phone: (801) 585-1425

University of Utah Health
50 North Medical Drive,
Surgery 3B110 SOM
Salt Lake City, UT 84132