Neurocritical Care

Program Overview:

The Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington (UW) is offering a one-year CAST and UCNS accredited Neurocritical Care Fellowship. The Neurocritical Care Fellow is appointed as an Acting Instructor in the Department of Neurological Surgery.

The goal of the fellowship is to train superb clinical and academic leaders in Neurocritical Care that will flourish in our multidisciplinary clinical and research environment. Graduates of this program will be competent in all aspects of Critical Care, with special competence in Neurocritical Care. Progressive independence in patient evaluation and management is encouraged during the course of the fellowship.

The fellowship’s main clinical home is at Harborview Medical Center (HMC) in Seattle, Washington. HMC is the sole level 1 adult and pediatric trauma and burn center for the entire WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) and a Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Neurocritical Care Service at HMC houses the bulk of their patients in a dedicated 30-bed Neuroscience ICU, but will care for patients throughout the critical care areas of the hospital.

Fellows will also rotate in a variety of other critical care units, including the Trauma/Surgical ICUs, Medical/Cardiac ICUs and BMT/Onc ICUs as well as Pediatric ICUs at HMC, University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) and Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH).

A major highlight of our fellowship is the extensive training in point of care critical care ultrasound throughout fellowship, with direct guidance from faculty and a dedicated curriculum that will transform trainees into expert sonographers.

While the major focus of the fellowship is preparing the trainee for independent practice in neurocritical care, fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in the surgical care of patients with neurocritical illness.

Our major strengths are the clinical volume and complexity of patients; as a comprehensive stroke center and the only Level I trauma center in the region, Harborview routinely receives complex referrals from across the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Moreover, program faculty represent multiple training backgrounds and departments, ensuring a rich, multidisciplinary environment for training in neurocritical care.



Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to:

The University of Washington is building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates. The University of Washington is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Fellowship positions now filled and/or applications now closed:

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must have completed an ACGME (or Canadian equivalent) accredited neurosurgery residency program, be able to obtain a Washington license to practice, and not require a visa.

Selection Process:

Once all required documents (including: a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation) have been received and reviewed, selected candidates will be contacted to schedule interviews.

Stipends & Benefits:

Vacation, pay, and benefit specifics will be discussed at the interview. However, the University of Washington offers a highly competitive compensation package.

Contact Information:

For more information about the UW Neurotrauma Fellowship Program, please contact:


Neurological Surgery:

Randall Chesnut, MD

Fellowship Co-Director
Professor, Neurological Surgery
Integra Endowed Professor in Neurotrauma
Professor, Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Global Health

Robert Bonow, MD

Fellowship Associate Director
Assistant Professor, Neurological Surgery


Adjunct Faculty:

Sarah Wahlster, MD

Fellowship Co-Director
Associate Professor, Neurology
Associate Professor, Neurological Surgery
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Thabele (Bay) Leslie-Mazwi, MD

Professor and Chair, Neurology
Warren and Jermaine Magnuson Endowed Chair in Medicine for Neurosciences
Co-Director, Neurosciences Institute

Nicholas Johnson, MD

Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine and Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine

Abhijit Lele, MD

Associate Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Director, NeuroICU at Harborview Medical Center

Victor Lin, MD

Acting Instructor, Neurology

Pratik Patel, MD

Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Michael Souter, MB, ChB

Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Chief of Anesthesia at Harborview Medical Center

Vasisht Srinivasan, MD

Acting Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine

James Town, MD 

Assistant Professor of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine



Current Fellow(s):

 (None at this time)                                                         

 *To see where are past fellows are now click here.

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