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.


ACGME Accredited

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.


Clinical Practice

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 full breadth of critical care and our practice is team-oriented, supportive and collaborative between disciplines.

Midwest Charm

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. Winters are gorgeous and white with outdoor activities all around town (and many cozy activities and inside events for the cold-blooded!).  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.


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!


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

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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 approximately 2-months in the surgical/trauma ICU, 3 months in the medical ICU, 3 months in the cardiothoracic ICU and 1 month in the neurointensive care unit.  We have additional flexibility to work-in elective or dedicated ICU time in the non-surgical cardiology and neurology/neurosurgery ICUs.


Fellows participate in our active simulation program with events and training in echocardiography, intubation, medical emergencies and ECMO. Fellows are given time to attend one national conference annually, local/regional echocardiography conferences and the annual UW Arndt Airway Conference.


Fellows expand their independence in patient care and medical education throughout the year. Fellows gain teaching experience with didactic responsibilities within the Anesthesiology residency program and in the SICU, MICU and CTICU. Further, we offer guided research experiences and mentorship to enable presentation at our Department’s Grand Rounds Lecture Series.


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 completed in Transplant Infectious Disease, Transfusion Medicine, Nephrology, Echocardiography & Chest Radiography. The fellow will have additional elective time to pursue research and QI activities, and for an additional elective of their choosing.

Fellowship Faculty

Micah Long,  MD

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

Anila Bhatti,  MD

Clinical Associate Professor
Critical Care Anesthesiology

Christopher Cassara,  MD

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

Gozde Demiralp,  MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)
Critical Care Anesthesiology
 Cardiac Critical Care Medical Director

John Dollerschell,  MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)
Critical Care Anesthesiology

Laura Hammel,  MD

Associate Professor (CHS)
Critical Care Anesthesiology
 Division Chief: Transplant Anesthesiology

Kaarin Michaelsen,  MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)
Critical Care Anesthesiology

Justin Tawil,  MD

Associate Professor (CHS)
Critical Care Anesthesiology

Micah Long, MD

Fellowship Director



Brandon Russell

Fellowship Coordinator