About the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

The Surgical Critical Care (SCC) fellowship at The Ohio State University Department of Surgery offers an exceptional training experience with exposure to diverse clinical pathologies. This one-year, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited fellowship has been established for more than 30 years and is a multidisciplinary training program comprised of four surgical critical fellows and two anesthesia critical care fellows. There is also a two-year American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) Acute Care Surgery fellowship, which consists of one year of critical care and one year of acute care surgery. Training is based at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center main campus, which includes University Hospital, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, and the Ohio State Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital.

With over 1,600 hospital-wide beds and more than 200 critical care beds in numerous specialized ICUs, fellows garner the technical skills and clinical acumen needed to become independent intensivists. Fellows quickly become facile at leading an interdisciplinary team of physicians, advanced practice providers, pharmacists, nurses, residents, students, registered dietitians, and respiratory, physical and occupational therapists. In addition to receiving training in all aspects of critical care, our program provides broad exposure to:

  • Cardiac, pulmonary, kidney and liver transplant patients (top 20 by volume Comprehensive Transplant Center in the country)
  • Burn patients (American Burn Association [ABA]-verified Burn Center)
  • Complex trauma patients (American College of Surgeons [ACS] Level 1 ACS Trauma Center with more than 3,000 activations annually)
  • ECMO and ultrasonography


The fellowship ensures broad exposure to several ICUs at the medical center as well as other unique learning opportunities. The standard breakdown for the year includes:

  • 6 months SICU
  • 2 months of CVICU
  • 1 month MICU/NCCU
  • 1 month (interventional radiology/echocardiography)
  • 2 months of electives

Fellows are actively involved in resident education, participating in quality improvement projects, coordinating ICU Morbidity & Mortality conference and leading monthly Journal Club. In addition, the Department of Surgery is ranked No. 8 in the country for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and fellows have the opportunity to concurrently participate in many of these clinical and basic science research projects.

Applicant Information

Our program is a participant in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The code number for the one-year Surgical Critical Care fellowship is 1566442F0 and the code number for the two-year AAST Acute Care Surgery fellowship is 1566442F1. All applicants must be entered through the SCC and ACS Fellowship Application Service (SAFAS). Selected applicants will be invited for a personal interview. Completion of at least three clinical years in an ACGME-accredited graduate educational program in the disciplines of general surgery, neurosurgery, urology, or obstetrics and gynecology is a prerequisite for admission to the program.

For more information, contact:

Brett Tracy, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Associate Program Director
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Burn
628 Faculty Office Tower
395 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Wendy Wahl, MD, FACS, FCCM
Professor of Surgery
Surgical ICU Director
Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program Director
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
630 Faculty Office Tower
395 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Lori Bardon
Program Manager
Surgical Critical Care
410 W. 10th Ave., N724 Doan Hall
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-293-3185
Fax: 614-293-9155