Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program

Welcome to the MAHEC Surgical Critical Care Fellowship!

We have a busy program rife with complex surgical critical care cases ideal for a one-year fellowship.  Training is primarily at Mission Hospital, the main tertiary care center for Western North Carolina.  Currently a Level II Trauma Center, but with Level I consultation pending in 2021.  The patients cared for on our service include complex/severe trauma, neuro-critical care, and peri-op hepatobiliary, bariatric, and oncologic patients.  This provides a wide array of pathology to expose and educate our fellows on the breadth of Surgical Critical Care.

We have a faculty of twelve critical care boarded surgeons with a passion for caring for patients in the ICU, and a desire to impart this knowledge on the next generation of critical care surgeons.  Our fellowship also offers experience with our emergency general surgery service two weekends out of the month, ensuring that recent grads keep their surgical skills and decision-making honed while immersing in the critical care setting.

The majority of the educational experience will take place in our Neuro-Trauma ICU, but additional brief rotations with the renal, cardiology consult, anesthesia, and pulmonary teams will help provide focused deep dive into these areas, as well as exposure to ECMO consultations.  The fellow will be involved in the highest level of trauma activations as these are the patients that will comprise at least half of the ICU population.  While the primary goal will be proficiency in managing the critically ill patient, there are many opportunities to expand teaching skills with residents and medical students, as well as research opportunities and participation in national meetings.

We look forward to hearing from you and telling you more about our program!


Katherine Mastriani MD, FACS 
Program Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship


Jenna Hunter, MEd
Program Administrator
(864) 906-7444


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