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About Our Program

The University of Utah Acute Care Surgery (ACS) Fellowship program provides a setting in which advanced, highly skilled, medical education can take place. The faculty provides the opportunity for fellows to not only acquire an in-depth knowledge of advanced skills in Acute Care Surgery (Trauma, Emergency General Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care), but also to develop both academically and professionally. This is achieved through an American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) approved ACS Fellowship training in the management of emergency general surgery and trauma patients, and training to enhance administrative, research, and educational skills.
We are committed to providing excellent clinical exposure, as well as directed, expert instruction, promoting self-directed education, and fostering the refinement of fellows’ scientific and academic pursuits. The educational program consists of a combination of mentorship with a gradual increase in clinical, administrative, and educational responsibilities; didactic instruction; hands-on experience; and self-directed learning.
Clinical rotations take place at University of Utah Health, Intermountain Medical Center, and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. During clinical rotations fellows evaluate new patients and manage patients under treatment, including the simulation and treatment planning, while under appropriate supervision. Fellow progress is evaluated on an individual basis following the completion of each clinical rotation and by the program director on a quarterly basis.

Case Volume

Procedure 2020 2021
Head and Neck 18 19
Thoracic 143 90
Abdominal 422 256
Vascular 48 36
Ultrasound 290 50
Management of Complex Trauma 107 53
Complex EGS 63 36
Non-index/Other 2 100
Total 1093 640

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.


Alexander Colonna

Alexander Colonna, MD, MSCI, FACS


Associate Professor
Director, Phase IV Surgery Clerkship
Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Director, Acute Care Surgery Fellowship
Co-director, SICU

Phone: 801-585-1436



 Anna Darelli-Anderson

Anna Darelli-Anderson, MEd, BA, C-TAGME

Associate Director of Education
Program Manager
Veteran, US Air Force

Phone: 801-213-2598

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