Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship

DEPARTMENT OF ANESTHESIOLOGY

The Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship—University of Nebraska Medical Center:

The Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center offers a broad based clinical experience including, but not limited to:

  • Coronary artery bypass grafting
  • Valve repair and replacement
  • Aorta surgery
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Heart failure surgery
  • Heart and lung transplants
  • Hybrid room procedures
  • Adult congenital heart procedures

Our goal for the fellowship is to train and mentor future cardiothoracic anesthesiologists to excel clinically, and in the fields of education and research.  We are committed to providing the highest quality experience and education for each of our fellows. 

The fellowship is ACGME-accredited and we offer two fellowship positions each year.  Given our clinical volume, the fellow will have an abundance of experience and personalized training.  The University of Nebraska Department of Anesthesiology continues to provide echocardiography education that is second to none.  Fellows will participate in echocardiography training that varies depending on their level of expertise as soon as they begin their fellowship.  Fellows will also achieve minimal numbers of echocardiography exams required for certification in the Examination of Special Competence in Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography following successful completion of the exam. They will also have the unique experience of learning and becoming proficient at Transthoracic Echocardiography. 

The Department of Anesthesiology and Faculty:

Tara Brakke, MD, F.A.S.E., Program Director, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship, UNMC, Director of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology

Steven Lisco, MD, F.C.C.P., F.C.C.M., Chairman of Anesthesiology, UNMC, Medical Director of the CICU

Sasha Shillcutt, MD, F.A.S.E., Director of Perioperative Echocardiography, Director of Echocardiography Simulation Laboratory, UNMC

Kristina Birch, MD, Clinical Director, University of Nebraska Medical Center Operating Rooms, Assistant Professor, UNMC

Amy Duhachek-Stapelman, MD, Co-Director of Quality Assurance, Assistant Program Director for Residency Program, Department of Anesthesiology,  Assistant Professor, UNMC

Michael P. Fee, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, UNMC

Katie Goergen, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, UNMC

Ellen K. Roberts, MD, Associate Clinical Director, Department of Anesthesiology, UNMC

Thomas E. Schulte, MD, Associate Clinical Director, Department of Anesthesiology, UNMC, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, UNMC

Daniel Johnson, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, UNMC

Mo Shukry, MD, PhD, Chief, Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, UNMC

Michael J. Moulton, MD, Chief-Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, UNMC

Thomas Porter, MD, Director of Echocardiography, UNMC

Mark Moreno, BS, CCP, LP, Director of the Cardiovascular Perfusion Program, UNMC

Daniel R. Anderson, MD, Internal Medicine-Division of Cardiology, Associate Professor, UNMC

Nicholas Markin, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, UNMC

M. Megan Chacon, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, UNMC

Lecture Series:

Cardiothoracic fellows will participate in didactic lectures and conferences while on each rotation.  Lectures include education related to cardiothoracic anesthesiology, pediatric cardiothoracic anesthesiology, critical care, and cardiology related topics.  Conferences include multidisciplinary cardiothoracic Quality and M & M conferences, multidisciplinary valve conferences and visiting professor Grand Rounds. Fellows will also participate in a 2-week focused echocardiography rotation that prepares fellows for the operating rooms as well as the Advanced PTE Exam. The Cardiothoracic Journal Club meets 6 times per year to address cutting edge cardiothoracic topics. Fellows will also take part in 2 cardiothoracic-specific simulations each year and 4 Cardiothoracic-Specific Problem-Based Learning Discussions with faculty.

Rotation Roster:
6 Months of Adult Cardiac Anesthesia
1 Month Thoracic Anesthesia
1 Month of Cardiothoracic ICU
1 Month Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia
2 Weeks Echocardiography
2+ Months of elective rotations (2 or 4 week blocks)

Available Electives:
Perfusion Technology
Research
Adult Cath Lab with Cardiologists
Adult Echo Lab with Cardiologists
Echocardiography Simulation
Additional Adult Cardiac Anesthesia

Moonlighting Policy:
Moonlighting may occur within the Department of Anesthesiology and under circumstances that are compliant with the moonlighting policy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Moonlighting will only be approved after an interview and written permission from the Program Director. Both clinical and educational competence must be verified prior to permission. Each fellow must have a medical license provided by the State of Nebraska and be in good academic standing.

 The Application Process:

  • Positions available (2016-2017 Academic Year): 2
  • The application can be downloaded from this website.  Click here for application.
  • We will begin accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic year beginning November 15, 2014 through March 31, 2015.
  • Those applicants selected for a formal interview will be invited to visit between December 2014 and April 15, 2015. 
  • The University of Nebraska Department of Anesthesiology participates in the SF Match for placement of cardiothoracic fellow positions and will submit their rank list in compliance with its deadlines.   

Please include the following in your application packet:

  • The Completed Application
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A Personal Statement
  • USMLE Exam Scores
  • In-Training Exam Scores

Send your application materials to:
Tara Brakke, MD, FASE
c/o Mary Bernhagen, Coordinator
UNMC Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship
4455 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE  68198-4455

Program Contacts:

For more information regarding the Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, please contact:

Tara Brakke MD, FASE
Program Director
UNMC Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship
1145 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-1145

Mary Bernhagen, Coordinator
UNMC Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship
4455 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4455

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