Critical Care Anesthesiology Fellowship

Welcome and thank you for your interest in our Critical Care Anesthesiology Program!  We are very proud of our team and program here at the University of Wisconsin.  We have an excellent team of academic physicians who value clinical, bedside medicine while still taking time for academic productivity.  We engage regularly with residents and fellows from anesthesiology and other fields, and our ICU group is regularly honored with teaching awards from the residents.  We are proud to have a collegial, supportive and collaborative environment here at the University of Wisconsin, and we are proud of the care we provide for our patients.


Our Critical Care Fellowship is an ACGME accredited 1-year training program where fellows receive broad training in medical, surgical and cardiothoracic critical care, including extracorporeal device support (e.g. ECMO and VADs) and perioperative care for solid organ transplantation including liver, heart and lung transplants.  Fellows are integrally involved in all of the intensive care units and develop graduated responsibility through the year, gaining independence and comfort managing all aspects of critical illness.  Fellows are expected to lead daily teaching rounds and participate in didactic sessions both as learner and teacher.  We have excellent exposure to the breadth of critical care and our practice is team-oriented, supportive and collaborative between disciplines.


Madison is an excellent mid-sized city of just over 250,000 people, located in between two lakes.  The capital and campus are centered alongside Lake Mendota and the area is beautiful.  Although winters can be cold, you’ll find there are extensive activities and cultural events offered year round in and around the Madison area.  The capital area has great shopping and restaurants and the campus has a wonderful Big-10 feel with Fall Football occurring right near the hospital area.


Thank you for considering our Critical Care Anesthesiology program for your fellowship training!


While we immensely value multidisciplinary critical care and love to train intensivists from other disciplines, we have not finalized our combined EM-Critical Care training pathway via the ABA. Thus, we cannot accept applicants from Emergency Medicine at this time. Keep posted – we plan to move forward with this in the upcoming seasons!

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Application Guidelines

We utilize the San Francisco Match ( and ask all interested applicants to apply via the SF Match’s Central Application Service (CAS). Please complete and submit the CAS application form online and provide three letters of reference.


In-cycle interviews will take place February through May for positions starting the following year. On rare occasions we reserve a second fellowship position “outside of the match” for applicants that decided to pursue critical care off-cycle to SF-Match. Please email us for more information if you are interested in an off-cycle application.


For questions regarding the application process, please contact:

Brandon Russell

Fellowship Coordinator

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

600 Highland Avenue, B6/319

Madison, WI 53792-3272 

Fellowship Rotations and Educational Conferences

Our fellows rotate through our intensive care units in 2-4 week blocks, with 9-months of total ICU experiences.  A typical balance of ICU exposure includes 2-months in the surgical/trauma ICU, 3-3.5 months in the medical ICU, and 3.5-4 months in the cardiothoracic ICU.  We have additional flexibility to work-in elective or dedicated ICU time in the non-surgical cardiology and neurology/neurosurgery ICUs.


UW has an active simulation center and fellows participate in simulation events for echocardiography, ECMO and for varied emergency/airway events in conjunction with the Department of Anesthesiology general residency program.  Fellows are given time to attend one national conference annually (generally SOCCA or SCCM).  In addition, there are 1-2 echocardiography conferences offered locally each year and our department hosts the annual Arndt Airway Conference.  System wide, there is an end-of-year QI symposium that fellows present at.


Fellows will actively expand teaching roles with day-to-day responsibilities as well as in formal conference presentations including Anesthesiology Grand Rounds, Pulmonology Grand Rounds, and in intensive care unit didactics in the SICU, MICU and CTICU.  The fellow will assist in presenting quarterly critical care anesthesiology case conferences.


Each week, our department hosts anesthesiology lectures, anesthesiology grand rounds and two echo conferences.   The critical care groups also have weekly conferences, specific to each unit.  The critical care lecture series provides the core background knowledge to succeed in subspecialty certification.  Finally, we provide a month-to-month guided reading / topic-based curriculum that combines textbook chapters with core review articles and landmark manuscripts in our field.


We offer excellent hands-on and didactic training in echocardiography (TTE and TEE) and pleural sonography.  Fellows will be well equipped to board certify in critical care echocardiography (CCEeXAM via NBE), which is expected, and in TEE (Basic PTEeXAM) via NBE, if desired.


Outside of the ICU, electives are matched to trainee educational needs and are available in: Neurocritical Care, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Echocardiography, Cardiac & Transplant Anesthesiology, Cardiology Critical Care including the Cath Lab, Thoracic Surgery and Pulmonology.  A longitudinal research or QI project is required and supported.

Fellowship Faculty

Micah Long,  MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)
Program Director, Critical Care Anesthesiology Fellowship

Christopher Cassara,  MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)
Critical Care Anesthesiology
 Division Chief: Critical Care Anesthesiology

Laura Hammel,  MD

Associate Professor (CHS)
Critical Care Anesthesiology
 Director, Anesthesiology Transplantation Services
 Co-Division Chief: Transplant Anesthesiology

Jonathan Ketzler,  MD

Associate Professor (CHS)
Critical Care Anesthesiology

Micah Long, MD

Fellowship Director



Brandon Russell

Fellowship Coordinator