Neurocritical Care Fellowship at the University of Florida

Program Director

Katharina M. Busl, MD, MS

Core Faculty

Marc-Alain Babi, MD
Christopher Robinson, DO, MS
Carolina B. Maciel, MD
Teddy S. Youn, MD
Brenda Fahy, MD, MCCM,(Neurocritical care / Anesthesia-critical care)
Peggy White, MD (Anesthesia-critical care)
James T. Gallagher, MD, FCCM (Anesthesia-critical care)


Description of Training

The University of Florida Health and Shands Hospital Neurocritical Care Fellowship program now offers a one and two year training program accredited by the UCNS (United Council of Neurological specialties).

The training program provides opportunity for fellows to manage patients with life threatening neurological and neurosurgical critical illnesses. The fellows will rotate through our brand new neurosciences ICU, consisting of 48 beds and housed in the new neuromedicine tower at UF-Health Shands (opening in December 2017). The current neurosciences ICU consists of 30 beds.

The training will further provide the fellows with the clinical skill set necessary to manage critically ill patients. This includes, but is not limited to airway management and intubation, ventilator management, central and arterial line placement, flexible bronchoscopy, hemodynamic management, bedside ultrasonography, brain oximetry interpretation, EVD management, multi-modality monitoring, and cEEG interpretation to name a few.

One unique aspect of our program is the diverse educational backgrounds, skill sets and experience of the core faculty, including 5 neurology trained neurointensivists from Harvard, Yale, Duke and Mayo, as well as neurocritical care faculty from anesthesiology critical care with expertise in neuroanesthesiology. The unit is staffed 24/7 with a team of advanced practice providers and residents (neurology, neurosurgery, anesthesiology/CCM) as well as neurocritical care and critical care fellows. Attendings oversee the ICU 24/7 and are always available.

The fellows will participate in numerous educational activities, including weekly neurocritical care lecture series, critical care grand rounds, journal club, neurology and critical care grand rounds. The training provides clinical critical care and neurological critical care, commensurate with UCNS requirements.

The fellows will be expected to develop a research project during the course of their fellowship. Mentors will be identified early-on, and fellows will present their research progress at the monthly division research meeting to ensure project success, with the goal of presenting their projects at national and/or international meetings, and publication in peer-reviewed journals. Formal clinical research training is available at the University of Florida if interested.  Formal rigorous research training (if desired) is available through the TRACTS program (Training and Research Academy for Clinical Translational Science) at the University of Florida.


Application Requirements

Next available position (PGY-5) is July 1st 2018 for 12 months (if applicable) or 24-months.

To be eligible to apply for the fellowship, candidates must have completed (or on track to complete) training in an ACGME-accredited residency in either neurology, general internal medicine, general surgery, emergency medicine, pediatric neurology or anesthesiology, or have completed 4 years of training in an ACGME accredited neurosurgery residency program.

For candidates who have completed training in surgical critical care, anesthesia critical care, internal medicine critical care, or are current neurosurgery residents, the duration of training is 12-months, for all others 24 months.  Prior residency or fellowship training must have been completed in the United States of America to apply for this fellowship.

Candidates must possess a current valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States.

Candidates must be board certified or eligible for certification in their respective primary specialties.

Each fellow must achieve provider (and/or trainer) in ACLS, BLS.

J1 visa sponsorship is available through ECFMG. H1B Visa may be available on a case-by-case basis and after approval by the visa service at UF.


Rotation details (24-month fellowship)

  • 12 months rotations in the neurosciences ICU, usually in blocks of 1 to 2 weeks (or 4 weeks if desired)
  • 2-3 months of stroke / vascular neurology / neuro-sonology / interventional neuro-radiology
  • 1 month rotation in the medical ICU
  • 1-2 months of critical care EEG
  • 1 month of procedures / airway management
  • 1 month of neuro-anesthesia (OR)
  • 1-2 month of surgical / trauma ICU
  • 3-4 months protected elective time (eg: clinical, research elective).



Commensurate with level of training (paid as PGY-5, and PGY-6) respectively by the GME office at UF-Health.


If you would like to obtain more information on our program, please contact Sara V. South (coordinator) , Office: 352-273-5067 | Fax: 352-273-5575

We look forward to working with you!