University Medical Center of Southern Nevada

Affiliated with UNLV - School of Medicine — Las Vegas, NV

  • Trauma only
  • Critical Care only
  • Trauma & Critical Care
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Advanced Practitioner
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Positions available: 5
  • Salary: PGY 6-7
  • Program Director: Douglas Fraser, MD FACS

Last updated: February 05, 2019


A two year Acute Care Surgery Fellowship is offered in our busy Level I Adult and Level II Pediatric Trauma Centers. The first year consists of the fellow matching into our ACGME approved Critical Care Fellowship. Deborah Kuhls, MD is the Program Director for Surgical Critical Care. The second year involves advanced surgical training in the Nation’s first AAST approved Acute Care Fellowship Program. The Acute Care Surgery curriculum includes trauma surgery, acute general surgery, pediatric surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, neurologic surgery, orthopedic surgery, and interventional radiology. Electives are offered in burn surgery, colon and rectal surgery, rural surgery, and Trauma systems. Training is completed at the University Medical Center, Nevada’s only level I and Pediatric Level II Trauma Center. The Trauma Center cares for 4,500 patients a year and performs over 300 exploratory laparotomies and 50 thoracotomies a year. In addition there are over 2500 acute surgical cases per year.

Requirements include completion of an approved residency in General Surgery and that the applicant be BE/BC. Applicants must also qualify for Nevada licensure and malpractice coverage. In addition to clinical excellence a documented commitment to academic excellence is essential.

Our busy Level I Trauma Center is in a metropolitan university setting. We evaluate 10,000 patients annually, 4,500 of which meet activation criteria. Our mix is 80% blunt and 20% penetrating trauma, arriving from a 300+ mile radius, which includes Nevada and portions of Arizona, Utah and California.

We have the only "stand alone" trauma center west of the Mississippi River, with a dedicated trauma resuscitation area, helical CT scanner, Angiography Suite and three dedicated Operative Suites. A dedicated 14-bed Trauma Intensive care Unit adjoins the Resuscitation and Operating areas.

In 2015, the Department of Graduate Medical Education at the University of Nevada School of Medicine is pleased to offer an Added Qualifications in Burn Surgery Program for fellows interested in Burn Surgery. This program runs simultaneously with the ACGME Approved Surgical Critical Care Fellowship and AAST Approved Acute Care Surgery Fellowship that currently exist. This program is optional and incoming fellows must indicate their interest at the beginning of fellowship.

This two-three month program is dedicated to treating acutely burned patients in the Burn Center at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Upon completion of the program, fellows will receive a certificate of Added Qualifications in Burn Surgery and will be proficient to administer care and run a burn unit.

RRC/ACGME and AAST approved

Program started 2000

How to apply  - (702) 671-2273 (phone) , (702) 385-9399 (fax)

Qualifications: Requirements include completion of an approved residency in General Surgery and that the candidates be BC/BE. Candidates must also qualify for Nevada licensure and malpractice coverage. In addition to clinical excellence, a documented commitment to academic excellence is essential.

Please use the following online fellowship application service:

For inquiries or questions please contact:

Dr. Douglas Fraser, MD
Division Chief - Acute Care Surgery
Program Director - Acute Care Surgery Fellowship
1701 W Charleston Blvd
Suite 490
Las Vegas, NV 89102

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Research opportunities

We have a robust Acute Care Surgery Research Committee with weekly meetings and ongoing projects. Upon arrival as new fellows, ongoing and new projects are assigned for those interested and presentations at national meetings are encouraged.

About the hospital

  • Beds: 520
  • ICU beds: 50
  • Annual ED visits: 120000
  • Annual trauma admissions: 3200
  • Trauma faculty: 6

Fellowship procedures

  • Total surgical (annually): 2850
  • General surgical: 50%
  • Trauma: 50%
  • Blunt trauma: 80%
  • Penetrating trauma: 20%


1701 W. Charleston Blvd STE 490
Las Vegas, NV 89102

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