Surgical Critical Care EM Physicians

Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

Introduced in 2005, the St. Luke's Trauma Fellowship has since expanded into both a 2-year Surgical Critical Care Fellowship for Emergency Medicine graduates, and a 1-year Fellowship for graduates of Surgical Programs. In 2012, the fellowship was awarded ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) accreditation, and was approved by the American Board of Surgery to include Surgical Critical Care into our curriculum and training. We are one of the first institutions to offer a 2-year track for a Surgical Critical Care Fellowship for Emergency Medicine residency graduates approved by the American Board of Surgery.

The Surgical Critical Care Fellowship is based chiefly at St. Luke's University Health Network's main campus in Bethlehem, PA. The goal of the Fellowship is to provide fellows with a leading-edge learning experience through a carefully designed curriculum, clinical exposure and research opportunities. This educational approach results in graduates of the fellowship and develops leaders in the field of Trauma and Critical Care.

The faculty of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship is composed of seven surgical intensivists, who use a team approach to patient-focused, evidence-based care. The fellow will learn vital aspects of managing the critically ill/injured patient. Upon completion of the program, the fellow will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of diagnostic and treatment plans, patient care management and leadership of a multidisciplinary trauma team.

The Surgical Critical Care Fellowship program at St. Luke’s University Hospital is proud to announce that our 2014 graduates, Dr. Charles Bendas, MD and Dr. Brandon Fumanti, MD are the first Emergency Medicine trained physicians in the country to become board certified in Surgical Critical Care.

The Surgical Critical Care Fellowship offers two tracks:

  • 1-year Fellowship for graduates of Surgical Residency Programs
  • 2-year Fellowship for graduates of Emergency Medicine or other non-surgical residency programs
     - Year 1: Focus on care of surgical patients
     - Year 2: Focus on care of critical care patients

Evaluations

Fellows are evaluated on a monthly basis on the following goals and objectives:

  • Patient Care
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Professionalism
  • Systems Based Practice

Program Management

Dr. James Cipolla

James Cipolla, MD
Program Director

Dr. Marc Portner

Marc Portner, MD
Associate Director

Rachel O'Brien, M.Ed
Program Coordinator 

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