University of Washington Fellowship in Trauma & Burn Research

Affiliated with University of Washington — Seattle, WA

  • Duration: 2-3 years
  • Positions available: 4
  • Salary: Stipend at a level determined by the NIH as the number of full years of relevant postdoctoral experience prior to starting the fellowship
  • Program Director: Grant E. O'Keefe, M.D., M.P.H.

Last updated: February 25, 2014

This program is a two-year institutional NIH, NRSA-funded postdoctoral fellowship in translational and applied laboratory research. The goal of this program is to provide scientist-in-training with mentorship and practical experience with research methods related to the biology of trauma, sepsis, and burns and to prepare them for a career in academic surgery. The fellow will participate in ongoing research in the laboratories of senior NIH-funded faculty and develop the expertise necessary to become an independent investigator.

The scientific focus of research conducted by trainees in this program is on the biology of inflammation and the host response to injury and critical illness. The primary sites where the research activities are conducted and clinical material is obtained are the Harborview Research and Training (R&T) Building and Harborview Medical Center. This research environment is particularly rich and important highlights relevant to this training program are summarized in the following paragraphs.

Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is a county-owned general, tertiary care hospital that is managed by the University of Washington. HMC has 89 intensive care unit beds and the daily census for the two surgical critical care services is 20 – 30 patients. Harborview is the only Level I trauma and burn center in the northwest region of the United States and serves patients from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Washington and northwestern Wyoming. In 2012, there were 4680 trauma patient admissions and 2356 of these required care and monitoring in the intensive care unit. In the same period there were approximately 900 burn admissions and 150 required admission to the intensive care unit. The 180,000 square foot R&T facility is the research home to the majority of our program faculty. This and the other clinical and laboratory sites are detailed in the Resources section. Other potential sources of research subjects and research material include the intensive care units at the University of Washington Medical Center and The VA Puget Sound Medical Center.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. Our Program is committed to increasing the number of under-represented ethnic minority and disadvantaged fellows entering the program and pursuing a career in the biomedical sciences.

Trainees will receive a stipend at a level determined by the NIH as the number of full years of relevant postdoctoral experience prior to starting the fellowship. This may include research experience, teaching assistantship, internship, residency or other clinical duties.

This fellowship program meets the criteria for the Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Research.

Please send inquiries to the Program director, Grant E O’Keefe (

How to apply

Qualifications: Applicant Qualifications: Prerequisites include: 1) recent completion of an approved residency training program, or graduate of an accredited medical school with current senior resident status; or 2) completion of a PhD program; 3) must be a U.S. citizen or have permanent U.S. residence.
Applicants must have an expressed academic interest that is related to the physiologic, cellular, or molecular response to injury, sepsis or surgical stress.

To apply send Curriculum Vitae, goal statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation to:
Iris Garcia
Harborview Medical Center
Department of Surgery
325 Ninth Avenue, Box 359620
Seattle, WA 98104-2499

About the hospital

  • ICU beds: 2356
  • Annual ED visits: 75000
  • Annual trauma admissions: 4680
  • Trauma faculty: 10

Fellowship procedures

  • Blunt trauma: 80%
  • Penetrating trauma: 20%


325 9th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104-2499

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