Neurocritical Care Fellowship at the University of Florida

Program Director

Photo Dr. Marc-Alain BabiMarc Alain Babi, MD

Core Faculty

Meghan Brennan MD (Anesthesia-Critical Care)

Katharina M. Busl, MD, MS (Neurosciences ICU Co-Director, Division Chief)

Matthew Hernandez DO (Anesthesia-Critical Care)

Sean Kiley MD (Anesthesia-Critical Care)

Carolina B. Maciel, MD (Neurology)

Michael Pizzi, DO (Neurology)

Christopher Robinson, DO, MS (Neurology)

Arvin Trippensee DO, FASA (Anesthesia-Critical Care)

Peggy White, MD (Anesthesia-critical care)


Description of Training

The University of Florida Health and Shands Hospital Neurocritical Care Fellowship program offers a one and two year training program accredited by the UCNS (United Council of Neurological specialties) with anticipated transition to ACGME by 2020. Next available position (PGY-5) is July 1st 2020 for 12 months (if applicable) or 24-months.

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 32 beds and housed in the new state of the art neuromedicine tower at UF-Health Shands.

The training provides 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 continuous 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 medicine 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 there is always an attending in house.

The fellows will participate in numerous educational activities, as part of the hospital wide multidisciplinary critical care educational pool. This includes a weekly neurocritical care lecture series, daily multidisciplinary critical care didactics (hospital-wide combined CCM), journal club (monthly), neurology and critical care grand rounds. The training provides clinical critical care and neurological critical care, commensurate with UCNS requirements.

The fellows are expected to develop a research project during the course of their fellowship. There is protected research time incorporated into the 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, as well as publication in peer-reviewed journals.  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 2020 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.

We currently accept J1 visa sponsorship through ECFMG. We can consider H1B visa on a case-by-case basis.


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). Fellows work shifts of 12-hours, mix of days/night shifts. NO 24-hours calls
  • 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
  • 1-2 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 April King (coordinator)   Office: 352-273-5550 | Fax: 352-273-5575

We look forward to working with you!