J.H Stroger Jr Hospital of Cook County

Affiliated with Rush University — Chicago, IL

  • Trauma only
  • Critical Care only
  • Trauma & Critical Care
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Advanced Practitioner
  • Duration: 1
  • Positions available: 3
  • Salary:
  • Program Director: Matt Kaminsky M.D.

Last updated: May 13, 2024

The Cook County Trauma Fellowship is a well-established educational program offering exceptional training in trauma, trauma critical care and burns. With unparalleled clinical exposure, independence, and a formal educational curriculum, graduates are highly marketable and prepared for future independent practice. As America’s first comprehensive center dedicated solely to the care of the acutely injured patient, since 1966 it has served as a national model for trauma care.

The Cook County Trauma Unit is one of the busiest in the country with more than 5,000 admissions per year of which 25-30% are penetrating injuries. Experienced trauma surgeons manage all aspects of trauma care from initial presentation until discharge. The trauma center has a self-contained 15 bed resuscitation area, 12 bed Trauma ICU, 10 bed step-down unit, as well as ward beds.

The Cook County Burn Unit has experienced staff operating within a 6 bed ICU, a 10 bed step-down unit, and a dedicated ward. The Burn center has a rich history of excellence in Cook County, treating nearly 400 major burns and performing more than 1,000 burn evaluations per year. Trainees gain experience managing all aspects of burn care in adult and pediatric patient populations from initial resuscitation to complex reconstruction.

The dedicated Trauma fellowship is designed for exceptional training in advanced trauma operative management as well as burn care depending on the fellow’s objective. The fellowship is highly customizable depending on the needs and anticipated career path of the trainee. Graduating fellows are fully prepared for leadership employment positions with comprehensive exposure to injury prevention, trauma systems planning, education of pre-hospital personnel, resuscitation, rehabilitation, and registry functions. All trainees are offered ATLS, ABLS, as well as ASSET courses with the expectation to become instructors. Fellows are encouraged to participate in national trauma organizations such as EAST and AAST. A research project is highly encouraged for presentation or publication as well as a Grand Rounds presentation. Regardless of the area of focus, the fellowship program at Cook County offers exceptional training to the future leaders in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care.

How to apply

mkaminsky2@cookcountyhhs.org  - (312) 864-2754 (phone)

Qualifications: Applicants must have completed or are anticipated to complete an ACGME accredited General Surgery Residency or equivalent.

Interested applicants should apply by August 15th to start the following summer. Please send you CV to the Fellowship Program Director.

About the hospital

  • Trauma faculty: 8

Fellowship procedures


1950 W Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60612

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