Department of Neurology

Neurocritical Care Fellowship

Director: Sarah Wahlster, M.D.
Dr. Wahlster is the Director of the Neurocritical Care Fellowship and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology.

Interview Dates: March – April 2020

The University of Washington (UW) Neurocritical Care program is a UCNS accredited fellowship with the goal of training superb clinical and academic Neurointensivists that will flourish in our multidisciplinary care and research environment. We invite applicants from all subspecialties to contact us about this exciting opportunity.

The fellowship’s main clinical home is at Harborview Medical Center (HMC) in Seattle, Washington. HMC is the sole level 1 adult and pediatric trauma and burn center for the state of Washington and serves as the regional referral center for Alaska, Idaho, and Montana. The Neurocritical Care Service at HMC houses the bulk of their patients in a dedicated 30-bed Neuroscience ICU, but will care for patients throughout the critical care areas of the hospital. Our fellows will also have the opportunity to rotate as the fellow on service (with primary clinical responsibility) in a variety of other critical care units, including the Trauma/Surgical ICUs and Medical/Cardiac ICUs as well as Pediatric ICUs at HMC, University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) and Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH).

Fellows will also rotate in the operating room at HMC to gain additional procedural experience and have elective time to pursue clinical or research interests.

Our major strengths are the clinical volume and complexity of patients and the multidisciplinary training backgrounds of the faculty at our program. HMC and UWMC have a total of 983 beds combined and are recognized clinical and research leaders in a number of disciplines relevant to the training of an excellent neurointensivist; including Vascular Neurology and Neurosurgery, Anesthesiology, Trauma, Critical Care Medicine, and Prehospital Care & Resuscitation.

Our faculty includes UCNS board certified Neurointensivists as well and internationally renowned Vascular Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, Neuro-Anesthesiologists, and Intensivists trained in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine and Emergency Medicine. This multidisciplinary faculty fosters the opportunity for diverse clinical training and research mentorship.

The Seattle metropolitan area is a vibrant and growing hub of technology and medicine and is the 15th largest in the US. While you will enjoy the breath-taking views of the city and surrounding bay and mountains while on service at HMC and UWMC, you will find hundreds of places for outdoor adventure within 2 hours’ drive. We invite you to enjoy the training at UW and the excellent quality of life at your doorstep.