Harborview Medical Center

Affiliated with University of Washington — Seattle, WA

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Positions available: 2
  • Salary: $66,000
  • Program Director: Sam Arbabi, MD, MPH, FACS

Last updated: February 06, 2024

Description of Program:

The UW Medicine Regional Burn Center at Harborview Medical Center offers two positions in an ACGME-accredited, one-year fellowship with emphasis on burn care, burn system development, critical care, and quality improvement programming. Graduating fellows will be eligible for the Surgical Critical Care certificate offered by the American Board of Surgery. Burn Critical Care fellows oversee the triage and management of acutely burned patients from the Pacific Northwest and Alaska at a high-volume regional burn and trauma center. Fellows are integral in the surgical planning and care of burn patients and lead the multidisciplinary burn team in both intensive and acute care. Fellows receive a wealth of experience in our scar management and burn reconstruction program and our clinic. Fellows rotate through other intensive care services (e.g., trauma and surgical, medical, and pediatric intensive care units) and elective rotations to complement their critical care training. Exposure to plastic surgery and trauma care are tailored to the needs of the applicant. Fellows complete six months of strictly burn surgical training.


ABA verification status: Re-verification, September 29-30, 2020

SCC Board eligible at completion of training: Yes

ACGME verification status: Accredited


Facility Description:

Harborview Medical Center is a comprehensive healthcare facility dedicated to providing specialized care for a broad spectrum of patients from throughout the Pacific Northwest, including the most vulnerable residents of King County. As the only designated Level I adult and pediatric trauma and verified burn center in the state of Washington, Harborview serves as the regional trauma and burn referral center for Alaska, Montana and Idaho and the disaster preparedness and disaster control hospital for Seattle and King County.

Hospital Statistics:
413 beds
89 ICU beds
18 burn ICU beds
23 burn floor beds
24 trauma ICU beds
65,000 annual ED visits
700 annual burn admits
6,000 annual trauma admits


Case Numbers

Number of burn procedures performed, on average, annually by fellow: 250
Number of trauma procedures performed, on average, annually by fellow: 60


Burn Surgery Faculty

Burn-Surgical Critical Care fellows are mentored by four burn attending surgeons with board certification in General Surgery with added qualifications in critical care as well as the remaining faculty within the Division of Trauma, Burn and Critical Care Surgery.

How to apply

Qualifications: A completed application consists of an updated CV, complete ABSITE scores, three letters of recommendation and a personal statement describing career goals and intent.

Interested applicants should visit our training website:


Applications are accepted, in the year prior to the start of the fellowship year, through the Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship Application Service (SAFAS). Applicants can apply for either the Trauma-Surgical Critical Care Fellowship or the Burn-Surgical Critical Care Fellowship but not both. Completed applications are reviewed and interviews are conducted in the spring of the year prior to the start of the fellowship year. The Burn- Surgical Critical Care Track does NOT participate in the NRMP match program. Positions are offered on a rolling basis in this track.


SCC Admin - sccadmin@uw.edu

Program Director:
Sam Arbabi, MD, MPH, FACS
OFFICE: 206.744.3183
EMAIL: sarbabi@uw.edu

Research opportunities

There is ample opportunity for performing clinical research with several large clinical trials being conducted at Harborview at any given time. Tuesday afternoons are a designated time for research activities.

About the hospital

Fellowship procedures


325 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104


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