Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson is the only American College of Surgeons-verified Level I Trauma Center in Southern Arizona. We are a trauma center as well as a tertiary referral center, serving more than 1 million in population with over 5,000 trauma evaluations each year; 10% penetrating and 90% blunt traumas.

Our Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burn and Emergency Surgery also staffs all trauma evaluations, 28-bed SICU, and inpatient emergency general surgery (EGS) consults. We see over 2,000 EGS consults each year.

Our SCC fellowship is overseen by seven full-time trauma/critical care surgeons. The curriculum includes six months in the surgical-trauma ICU, one month each in the pediatric, medical and cardiothoracic ICUs, two months of elective rotations and one month of research, with multiple opportunities to participate in both clinical and basic science projects.

Patients in the main surgical intensive care unit come from a myriad of specialties, including trauma, neuro-trauma, general surgery, transplant, neurosurgery, urology, surgical oncology, ENT, plastic, and gynecology.

SCC fellowship is part of a 2-year acute care surgery fellowship. We accept 2 fellows each year. Fellows have plenty of opportunity to maintain their surgical skills as they participate in trauma/emergency general surgery call during their SCC fellowship year.


Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burn and Emergency Surgery , Department of Surgery, University of Arizona in Tucson Arizona


Narong Kulvatunyou, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Director, Acute Care Surgery Fellowship and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Medical Director, Surgical/Trauma Step Down Unit

Associate Director

Bellal Joseph, MD, FACS

Chief, Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burn, and Emergency Surgery
Professor, Surgery
Vice Chair, Knowledge Expansion
Associate DIrector, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship


Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and The University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona


  • Graduation (PGY-5) from a ACGME-approved allopathic surgical residency

*Please note that at this time we cannot accept applications from overseas-trained foreign medical graduates.


We are currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please note we are accepting applications for a two-year position, Surgical Critical Care (1 year), followed by another year of Acute Care Surgery. 

Applicants should submit applications via SAFAS or via email;

• Current CV
• Letter of interest
• Letter of recommendation from current program director
• 2 other letters of recommendation

Deadline is August 1, 2020.

Educational Leadership:

Narong Kulvatunyou, MD, FACS
Program Director, Acute Care Surgery Fellowship and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, and Emergency General Surgery
Phone: (520) 626-6302

Patty Barcelo-Sanders
Program Coordinator, Sr.
Phone: (520) 626-6302

Critical Care Fellows

Christopher J Gonzales, MD

Collin Stewart, MD