Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

Program Overview

The Acute Care Surgery Division at Jefferson is proud to offer a one year ACGME accredited Surgical Critical Care Fellowship with an optional second year of Acute Care Surgery. Two fellows per year are trained to become experts and leaders in the management of critically ill and injured patient populations.

As a quaternary referral center located in vibrant Center City Philadelphia, Jefferson offers a high acuity surgical ICU experience that includes complex elective and emergent general surgery, advanced surgical oncology and multi-organ transplantation.

Additionally, Jefferson is one of only a few Level I trauma and regional resource spinal cord injury centers in the country and is also the region's hand replant center as well as burn center, thus providing a unique mix of multi-injured patients. The main training environment is our spacious, renovated, and surgeon led 17-bed SICU. Further training is provided in the CVICU, which cares for patients requiring advanced cardiac support, including ECMO and ventricular assist devices. Additional training in our Neurological Intensive Care Units and via elective opportunities rounds out the clinical experience.

Fellows participate in a robust multidisciplinary critical care educational program and are expected to complete at least one clinical research project and one performance improvement project.  Operative experience with our busy Acute Care Surgery Service is promoted throughout the critical care experience and fellows graduate with 75-100 major cases including significant experience with spinal exposure surgery.  In house call is never first call and is focused on transitioning to becoming a practicing surgical/trauma attending.

To be eligible for application for the fellowship program, residents must have completed at least three clinical years (completion of residency training is preferred) in an ACGME-accredited surgical or surgical sub-specialty graduate medical educational program:

Current Fellows

Sagar S. Kadakia, MD

Jessica Latona, MD
Surgical Critical Care Fellow

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Medical School
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Jose A. Torres, MD

Eric Tsung, MD

Surgical Critical Care Fellow

Grant/Riverside Methodist Hospital

Medical School
Ohio State University College of Medicine

Graduates of Fellowship Program

Name Graduation Year Post-Graduate Employment
Sagar S. Kadakia, MD 2019 ACS Faculty, TJUH
Jose A. Torres, MD 2019 ACS Faculty, TJUH
Zachary Peckler, MD 2018 ACS Faculty, OH
Jide Aniukwu, MD, PhD 2018 ACS Faculty, NJ
Karen Lu, MD 2017 ACS Faculty, ME
Jeffrey Gibbs, MD 2017 ACS/Burn Faculty, MS
Aisha Shaheen, MD 2016 ACS/Bariatric Surgery Faculty, CA
Claudia Lozano, MD 2016 ACS Faculty, Colombia
Richard Lopez, DO 2015 ACS Faculty, PA
Viren Punja, MD 2015 ACS Faculty, HI
Sarah Clarke, MD 2014 Anesthesia Faculty, TJUH
David Rittenhouse, MD 2014 ACS Faculty, TJUH

Contact Us

For questions regarding the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship, please contact:

John Davis, Fellowship Coordinator
(215) 955-5750

Mailing Address:
Thomas Jefferson University
Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program
1015 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
ATTN: John Davis

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Joshua A. Marks, MD

Joshua A. Marks, MD
Program Director

Harrison Pitcher, MD

Harrison Pitcher, MD
Associate Program Director

John Davis

John Davis
Fellowship Coordinator

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