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Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

The surgical critical care fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital is a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship for residents with at least three years of ACGME-accredited general surgery training in the United States. The program provides surgical education of the highest caliber leading to American Board of Surgery certification in surgical critical care.

Surgical critical care training at the Brigham and our affiliated teaching hospitals offers a diverse experience encompassing all elements of surgical critical care. These combined hospital facilities allow each surgical critical care fellow to obtain significant experience to develop independent responsibility in the postoperative care of a variety of surgical patients. In addition to rotations in the primary surgical intensive care units, an extensive array of electives is available throughout the Brigham.

The program is also designed to provide clinical and basic scientific investigational experience.

Reza Askari, MD

Reza Askari, MD

Program Director

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Kristin A. Sonderman, MD, MPH

Kristin A. Sonderman, MD, MPH

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Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Topics

Quick Facts
  • Four categorical positions each year
  • One-year ACGME-accredited fellowship
  • Application deadline is July 15
Program Objectives
  • To offer a surgical critical care fellowship through which graduates qualify for board examination and the assumption of independent responsibilities in clinical practice after one clinical year of fellowship training.
  • To provide the opportunity for a second year of investigation in clinical or bench research.
  • To maximize the trainee's responsibilities in patient management and build upon prior knowledge in critical care.
  • To encourage those individuals interested in careers in academic surgery to develop the necessary skills in surgical research, education and/or administration through a broad range of available opportunities designed to maximize academic development.
  • To train future critical care surgeon leaders who will become directors of surgical intensive care units throughout the country.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a scientific, clinical and academic powerhouse with a long history of firsts. We foster a shared commitment to predict, prevent and treat the world’s toughest diseases. Our collaborations are changing the future of medicine, in Boston and beyond.

Our culture in providing excellence in patient care, teaching and research affords an exceptional environment for clinical training and participation in exciting advances in basic and clinical research.

Committed to teaching and mentoring the next generation of surgeons and leaders in medicine, our faculty is comprised of experienced clinicians who impart a breadth of knowledge and expertise during clinical rounds and in clinics. In addition, basic and clinical research mentors provide many research opportunities for residents and fellows.


In order to become experts in management of critically ill surgical patients, surgical critical care fellows spend the majority of time providing care to ICU patients and supervising residents and medical students in our ICU units:

  • Surgical Intensive Care
  • Metabolic Support Services
  • Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care
  • Thoracic Surgical Intensive Care
  • Burn Trauma

Fellows also attend weekly didactic seminars, M&M, journal club, thoracic case conferences, oral boards skills preparation and obtain longitudinal ultrasound certification. We offer a wide variety of elective options, including anesthesia, geriatrics, infectious diseases, MedFlight, and pediatric intensive care or pediatric burn surgery.

Research Opportunities

The surgical critical care fellows also have the opportunity to conduct clinical research protocols with the multidisciplinary Surgical ICU Translational Research (STAR) group. For more information about the STAR Center, please visit their website. 


The surgical critical care fellowship program matches four new fellows each year to the one-year clinical program. Fellowship positions for the surgical critical care fellowship program at Brigham and Women's hospital are matched via the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). All applicants should submit their applications via the SCC and ACS Fellowship Application Service (SAFAS). The deadline is July 15. 

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Requirements and Deadline

We require the following documents to be available for download through SAFAS for a complete application to be reviewed:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Dean's letter
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE transcript
  • ABS in-training exam scores

Our deadline for receipt of your application and all supporting documents is April 1, 2023. Interviews are granted on a rolling basis by receipt date.

Selection of Interview Candidates

Each application is reviewed in its entirety with a focus toward a combination of overall academic excellence, leadership ability, career development potential and personal character.

We interview approximately 30 candidates for the program each year. Although we receive applications from many well-qualified candidates, it is not possible to interview all who apply. Those who are invited will be notified on a rolling basis based on the application receipt and review date for interview sessions in June and July. All interviews are held virtually.

This year's interview dates will be published as soon as they are confirmed.

Dedication to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

With our United Against Racism initiative, Mass General Brigham is dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workforce. Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) promotes this mission by offering mentoring, training, networking events, and more to foster career advancement and professional development. The DEI also supports a number of employee resource groups to provide support and community.  

Fellow Well-Being Resources and Support

Residents and fellows at Brigham and Women’s have access to resources to help you stay healthy and manage your work-life balance. Resources include our robust Employee Assistance Program, a lease guaranty program to assist with moving to the Boston area, transportation and parking programs, loan repayment and deferment options, mental health tools, and parenting resources such as lactation rooms and equipment, day care, and back-up childcare services. Visit our GME Website for more information.


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