Thank you for your interest in critical care medicine training at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Where you choose to do your CCM fellowship training is of considerable importance, and we believe you will find that the program here will surpass your highest expectations.

A keyword to describe our fellowship program is “multi-disciplinary”. Here, you will train with leaders in critical care medicine from various backgrounds (anesthesiologysurgery, internal medicine, neurology, and emergency medicine) who have expertise in all facets of the field. You will find your training to be intellectually challenging and professionally rewarding as you become facile in providing complex care to the most critically ill patients.

The main goal of our fully-accredited fellowship program is to develop future leaders in multidisciplinary critical care. The primary training site is Barnes-Jewish Hospital, a 1300-bed academic center, that serves as the flagship hospital of the 4,500-bed BJC HealthCare system.  Our main academic campus boasts over 200 critical care beds across 11 state-of-the-art intensive care units.  Significant time will be spent in our 36-bed surgical/burn/trauma ICU, 30-bed cardiothoraic ICU, and 34-bed medical ICU to provide a comprehensive and robust subspeciality education.  Building on this, we take great care to match each fellow’s elective schedule with individual career goals. Electives available are wide-ranging. Barnes-Jewish Hospital ranks consistently among the nation’s best hospitals, and Washington University School of Medicine is world-renowned for teaching and research.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital, together with St. Louis Children’s Hospital offer you enormous potential for honing your skills and expertise in critical care medicine. The School of Medicine offers numerous opportunities for research with leaders in every field of medical science. This, together with large caseloads in all surgical specialties, provides trainees well rounded, all-inclusive training. The resources available at Washington University are truly unmatched – during your fellowship, you will work closely with experts in the clinical care of ICU patients, renowned research investigators and leaders who are defining the future of critical care medicine on a national and international level. Your fellowship promises to be an exciting time, filled with extraordinary new knowledge and strategies for managing the most critically ill patients. Above all, we are committed to your success and to ensuring that the time you spend training with us in critical care medicine is truly exceptional.

Brian Wessman, MD

Brian T. Wessman, MD, FCCM
Director, ACCM Fellowship Program,
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicine

Jessica Nelson, MD

Jessica Nelson, MD
Associate Director, ACCM Fellowship Program,
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicine

Kendall Smith, MD, PhD

S. Kendall Smith, MD, PhD
Associate Director, ACCM Fellowship Program,
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology