Surgical Critical Care

Fellowship Program Director:  Dennis Y. Kim, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FCCP

Associate Program Director:  Molly Deane, MD

Fellowship Program Coordinator:  Rosa Cruz

Harbor-UCLA Faculty:
Molly Deane, MD
Dennis Y. Kim, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FCCP
Angela Neville, MD, FACS
Brant Putnam, MD, FACS
George Singer, MD
Jennifer Smith, MD, FACS

To prepare trainees for a rewarding career caring for patients and their loved ones during their times of greatest need through the application of best effective practices, graduated responsibility, and mentorship.

Program Overview:
The Division of Trauma/Acute Care Surgery/Surgical Critical Care at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is proud to offer two (2) fellowship positions in Surgical Critical Care annually. This intense 1-year ACGME-accredited fellowship provides trainees with an opportunity to care for a unique and diverse patient population in a busy County hospital environment.

Harbor-UCLA is the busiest and only Level 1 trauma center serving the South Bay of Los Angeles County. Annually, the Division provides high-quality and compassionate care for >4,500 injured patients, of which 20% present following a penetrating mechanism of injury. In the 2017 calendar year, the Division of Trauma performed over 2,000 trauma and emergency general surgery cases. In addition to caring for patients admitted to the fast-paced 14-bed Trauma-Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), the Division of Trauma also manages all Acute Care & Emergency General Surgery patients.

Fellow Responsibilities:
In addition to a rich clinical experience, ample research opportunities exist. As a major training site for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, fellows are also expected to actively participate in the education of both medical students and residents. Leadership opportunities and administrative experience are also encouraged through active participation in ongoing patient safety and quality improvement projects, as well as hospital committee efforts.

Curriculum Description:

Rotation Schedule

SICU – Harbor-UCLA Medical Center                      6 months
CTU – Harbor-UCLA                                                  2 months
Trauma/ACS – St. Francis Hospital                          2 months
PICU – Children’s Hospital of Orange County         1 month
Research                                                                    1 month
TOTAL           12 months
Bedside Teaching Rounds
Tuesdays        10:00am
Multidisciplinary Rounds
Tuesdays        11:00am
Ultrasound Image Review & Mini-Journal Club
Tuesdays        11:00am
Journal Club
Tuesdays        2:00-3:00pm
Academic Half-Day
Wednesdays  7:30-9:30am
Weekly Trauma/Critical Care Conference
Thursdays      12:00-1:00pm
Simulation and surgical skills

Throughout the academic year, numerous opportunities exist for fellows to participate in educational activities at the Harbor-UCLA Simulation Center, as well as the UCLA Simulation Center in Westwood. All faculty in the Division of Trauma are actively involved in surgical skills and simulation training and hold leadership positions in key educational programs.

Funding and protected time are also provided for fellows to participate in American College of Surgeons trauma education courses. These include: ATOM, ASSET, ATLS, BEST, DMEP.  Fellows are strongly encouraged to achieve ATLS Instructor certification.



A minimum of 3 years of general surgery training at an accredited residency program in the US is required.  Preference will be given to applicants who have completed a general surgery residency.  Please refer the NRMP website for details regarding the SCC fellowship application process.  Non-US graduates with J1 visas are accepted.
Timeline and Dates
Invitations for interviews will be sent in late June each year.  Interviews take place in July and August.

Please contact Rosa Cruz for further information:
Phone: 424-306-8074


Current Fellows:
Catherine Fontecha, MD

Matthew Coates, MD
Post-Fellowship:  San Joaquin Hospital, Modesto, CA
Richard Vasak, MD
Post-Fellowship:  Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, CA

Rohit Sharma, MD
Post-Fellowship:  Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, CA