Fellowship in Neuroanesthesia

The fellowship is a comprehensive program offering clinical exposure to the latest techniques in neuroanesthesia with optional participation in our 20-bed, PET scan equipped, Neuro Intensive Care Unit. Approximately 2,000 patients are treated in 5 state-of-the-art neurosurgical OR’s, two of which are equipped with intra-operative MRI’s. All types of neurosurgical procedures including awake craniotomies, vascular and complex spinal procedures as well as interventional neuroradiology procedures are performed regularly.

Our main focus for investigation is monitoring for cerebral ischemia, epilepsy surgery, electroencephalography/corticography, and postoperative vision loss. Research protocols are encouraged and resources for academic projects are readily available through our Division of Clinical and Translational Research (DoCTR) along with dedicated non-clinical time. On-going research projects are also available and can provide pathways to further academic endeavors.

This is a 12-month program that can be extended to 18 or 24 months. Applicants should contact us to discuss their desires as the fellowship will be tailored to suit each fellow’s specific needs, goals, and interests.

All applicants must be ECFMG certified.


Trauma Fellowship

Our trauma fellowship program consists of 7 months of OR anesthesia with the trauma service, focusing on patient care, supervision of residents in anesthesiology, and management of the OR case flow. There are four months of elective rotations during the fellowship which includes 2 months of ICU (SICU/Neuro ICU), trauma radiology, Echo for the trauma anesthesiologist, advanced regional anesthesia for extremity trauma, and blood bank/transfusion medicine.

Fellows have 16 clinical shifts per month, each a 12-hour shift. It is expected that the trauma fellow will have obtained ATLS certification at both the provider and instructor level and will be eligible to obtain basic echocardiography certification. Additionally, the fellow will participate in departmental grand rounds and trauma service lectures and conferences.

Learn more about our Trauma Fellowship.


Abdominal Organ Transplant Fellowship

Broad Academic Experience, Specific Focus on Transplant Anesthesia

The Washington University Fellowship in Anesthesiology for Abdominal Organ Transplantation offers a non-ACGME accredited position at one of the top transplant centers in the U.S. The one-year Fellowship offers comprehensive training in the perioperative care of adult patients undergoing an abdominal organ transplant, with added experience in complex hepatobiliary, vascular and cardiothoracic surgery.

Washington University School of Medicine and its affiliated hospital, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, are high-volume transplant centers and internationally recognized leaders in organ transplantation. Both institutions provide an exceptional environment for training in basic and clinical sciences and have a strong strategic commitment towards advancing the organ transplant program. In 2018, Barnes-Jewish Hospital Transplant Center was the 12th largest solid organ transplant center in the United States, according to data released by the United Network for Organ Sharing. Our first combined heart-liver transplantation was performed in 2011. Also, we have performed three combined liver-lung transplants at our institution. In 2018, we performed 368 solid organ transplants, including:

  • 114 Liver Transplantations
  • 241 Kidney Transplantations
  • 13 Pancreas Transplantations

Clinical & Academic Leadership in Transplant Anesthesiology

The main goal of the Fellowship is to help fellows become clinical experts in the perioperative care of abdominal organ recipients and academic leaders in transplant anesthesiology. Our multi-faceted approach to education transforms trainees into expert consultants.

The Clinical Experience – The OR and Beyond

Trainees are exposed to every aspect of care of the liver transplant recipient – from evaluating candidate’s acceptability for transplant to postoperative management in the ICU. The focus of the Fellowship is the intraoperative anesthetic management of transplant recipients. Comprehensive clinical training with structured teaching in thromboelastometry, novel hemodynamic monitoring modalities, and transesophageal echocardiography enriches the clinical experience. Trainees become familiar with the implications of the various surgical techniques employed, including veno-venous bypass and the piggyback technique.

Under supervision, fellows serve as consultants to evaluate potential liver transplant recipients. Fellows attend weekly Multidisciplinary Listing Meetings to discuss the suitability of candidates as well as participate in weekly multidisciplinary Morbidity and Mortality Liver Transplant Conferences to optimize patient care.

The fellowship experience is rounded by rotations in a state-of-the-art surgical intensive care unit, blood bank, and transplant surgery service. Additional rotations can be organized based on the trainee’s interests.

The transplant group shares operating rooms and is fully clinically and educationally integrated with the cardiothoracic anesthesia group. This dynamic allows for Fellows to learn transesophageal echocardiography from experts in the field and become eligible for certification in Basic Perioperative Echocardiography.

Below is an example of an intraoperative TEE, demonstrating a positive bubble study in a patient with hepatopulmonary syndrome.

The Curriculum – Learning from Clinical Leaders

The didactic curriculum and clinical training are under the care of a multidisciplinary team of physicians, including anesthesiologists, intensivists, transplant surgeons, hematologists, and hepatologists. Conferences include the following:

  • Abdominal Organ Transplant Lecture Series: a monthly, multi-disciplinary conference with lectures that reinforce fundamentals and provide insight into the current issues in transplantation.
  • Transplant Anesthesia Journal Club: a conference dedicated to transplant anesthesia.
  • Echocardiography Conference: a weekly conference (OR schedule permitting) lead by cardiothoracic anesthesiologists.
  • Hepatobiliary, Transplant, Vascular and Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Conference: a weekly subspecialty conference.
Research – Developing a Greater Understanding

Fellows have protected time for research throughout the year and are encouraged to take advantage of numerous research opportunities available either within the Department of Anesthesiology or in collaboration with other departments in the Medical Center.

Fellowship experience will be tailored to the individual candidate’s needs and goals. We encourage interested, board-eligible applicants to contact us and discuss their specific career goals.