Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

Welcome to the Stanford Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program!

The Stanford University Surgical Critical Care (SCC) fellowship program is a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship for residents with at least three years of ACGME-accredited general surgery training in the United States. The Stanford SCC fellowship program provides the highest level of training possible, culminating in eligibility for American Board of Surgery Certification in Surgical Critical Care.

Stanford University School of Medicine has been consistently ranked amongst the top five medical schools in the world. Our SCC fellowship strives to maintain this standard of excellence as we continuously evolve and embrace innovation. Our mission is to "train world-class surgeon intensivists and leaders who provide the best possible patient care." We are proud to offer this premier teaching experience in a one-of-a-kind state-of-the-art new hospital, opened in November 2019, featuring a dedicated 20-bed Surgical ICU. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford Hospital is a high-volume level I trauma center and a referral center for the nation’s most complex and critically-ill patients. 

Our year-long SCC fellowship training encourages fellows to grow in all aspects of their professional development and is customizable according to the fellows' needs and aspirations. Throughout the course of the program, we provide numerous opportunities for additional specialization that will enable you to shape your future career. These include, but are not limited to: biodesign, research, quality improvement, trauma systems training, teaching and simulation.

One of the biggest strengths of our SCC fellowship is the outstanding collaborative experience with other critical care fellowship programs (neurocritical care, anesthesia, medical, neurosurgery and cardiac). Exposing our SCC fellows to the full myriad of critical care patients in tertiary and quaternary settings promotes acquisition of an advanced skillset and ensures that our graduates feel competent managing critical care patients in a wide variety of settings.

In addition to the world-class training, diversity and inclusion are central to Stanford’s mission. Our institution also prioritizes healthcare provider wellness, and was the first U.S. academic medical center to hire a wellness officer.

Thank you for stopping by and looking through our website, please contact Leslie Johnson, Program Coordinator, if you have any questions.

We invite you to join our leading Stanford SICU fellowship!

Aussama K. Nassar MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS
Program Director


Lisa Knowlton, MD, MPH
Associate Program Director


New second-year fellowship options for AY 2024-2025

Acute Care Surgery Fellowship Option

You will have the opportunity to train at a Level 1 county hospital with a high rate of operative penetrating trauma.

Research Fellowship Option

You will be mentored by one of the ACS faculty attendings under the directorship of Dr. Lisa Knowlton with the opportunity to do clinical work at Stanford Health Care and Valley Medical Center.

Biodesign Fellowship Option in conjunction with Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign

Read more about the Stanford Biodesign Program. This option will need to be planned to advance. Contact Dr. Aussama Nassar, Program Director, at to facilitate the application process.


Aussama K. Nassar MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS
Program Director

Lisa Knowlton, MD, MPH
Associate Program Director


Leslie Johnson
Fellowship Coordinator                (650) 723-3826