Johns Hopkins Surgical Critical Care & Acute Care Surgery Fellowships

Affiliated with Johns Hopkins University — Baltimore, MD

  • Trauma only
  • Critical Care only
  • Trauma & Critical Care
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Advanced Practitioner
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years
  • Positions available: 5
  • Salary:
  • Program Director: Pamela A. Lipsett, MD (Surgical Critical Care) & Elliott R. Haut, MD, PhD (Acute Care Surgery)

Last updated: January 19, 2021

The Trauma / Acute Care Surgery fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital has evolved to train surgeons to meet the increasingly recognized need for emergency surgical treatment nationwide. The one-year fellowship requires American Board of Surgery certification or eligibility in general surgery and can be completed as a single stand-alone year or in the two-year sequence with our RRC-accredited multidisciplinary surgical critical care fellowship. Trauma / Acute Care Surgery Fellows function in the role of a junior faculty member with full admitting and operative surgical privileges at The Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH- primary site for majority of the year) and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (secondary site).

The fellowship provides a broad clinical exposure to many aspects of emergency surgery. Fellows take in-house attending trauma call at our Level I (JHH) and Level 2 (Bayview) adult trauma centers. The trauma population gives an extensive exposure to operative trauma management, as approximately 35% of the over 2,500 total cases seen at JHH are due to a penetrating mechanism for which we repair our own cardiac, thoracic, vascular, and renal injuries. Bayview receives an additional 2,500 trauma patients yearly. Additionally, fellows take emergency general surgery call and treat a wide variety of emergent and routine general surgery patients. There are numerous opportunities for elective general surgery cases as well as bedside ICU procedures (i.e. percutaneous tracheostomy and PEG placement). Fellows who have completed surgical critical care training may also attend in the surgical ICU.

The fellow’s education is further enhanced through participation in the trauma core lecture series, surgical and trauma M&M conferences, critical care conferences, journal clubs, and surgery grand rounds. Fellows contribute to resident and medical student education through didactic lectures, simulation sessions, animal labs, and direct patient care. All fellows take the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM), and Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET) courses. Elective rotations can be arranged based each fellow’s individualized needs and may

Fellows may spend time as part of the fellowship in Critical Care Medicine. This program is an integrated fellowship between the Departments of Surgery and Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. It utilizes all resources that presently reside at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The core program is centered in a surgical intensive care environment including the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU, 16-beds), and the Weinberg Intensive Care Unit (Weinberg ICU, 20-beds). Patients, representing more than 9,000 patient-days, are admitted from the adult trauma, transplant, vascular, cardiac, thoracic, orthopedic, plastic, obstetric, gynecologic-oncology, endocrine and general surgical services. Additional rotations in the Medical ICU, Cardiac Surgery ICU, Neurosciences Critical Care Unit, and Pediatric ICU are routinely provided. Rotations through the Oncology ICU and the Burn ICU (JHBMC) are available for appropriate candidates. Electives are available in all medical subspecialties as well as Pulmonary Physiology, Echocardiography and Infection Control. The SICU and Weinberg ICU are covered by 16 faculty members, all BC/BE in Critical Care Medicine. Primary appointments reside in the Departments of Surgery, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (ACCM), Emergency Medicine, Ob/Gyn and Surgery. See the website at (

Fellows have the opportunity to engage in academic pursuits including clinical research leading to peer-reviewed publication as well as co-authoring educational works (i.e. book chapters) with faculty members. Options are available for an additional year of research fellowship to engage in coursework towards the Masters of Public Health (MPH) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health or a Master of Education in the Health Professions (MEHP) from Johns Hopkins.

Program started 1989

How to apply  - (410) 502-3122 (phone)

Contact for one year Surgical Critical Care Fellowship:
Pamela A. Lipsett, MD, FACS, FCCM
Professor, Departments of Surgery and Anesthesiology/CCM
Co-Director, SICU & Weinberg ICU
Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Department of Surgery
600 N. Wolfe Street, Osler 603
Baltimore, MD 21287-4685
Phone: 410-955-3739
Fax: 410-614-9083

Contact for Acute Care Surgery Fellowship:
Elliott R. Haut, MD, PhD, FACS
Vice Chair of Quality and Safety, Department of Surgery
Director, Trauma / Acute Care Surgery Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Associate Professor of Surgery, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Health Policy & Management
Division of Acute Care Surgery, Department of Surgery
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Zayed 6107C, 1800 Orleans St.
Baltimore, MD 21287

About the hospital

  • Beds: 1194
  • ICU beds: 186
  • Annual ED visits: 57000
  • Annual trauma admissions: 1000
  • Trauma faculty: 10

Fellowship procedures

  • Blunt trauma: 60%
  • Penetrating trauma: 40%


1800 Orleans St Ste 6107
Baltimore, MD 21287

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