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Welcome to the Division of General and Acute Care Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This program was started by Dr. Anthony A. Meyer in 1987 and has continually produced surgeons to enter academic Surgical Critical Care. To date, all fellows completing this program have passed the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgical Critical Care, administered by the American Board of Surgery on their first attempt.

This program is a multi-disciplinary program geared to provide our fellows a broad experience in critical care. The program has the added flexibility to provide additional exposure in areas of specific interest for individual fellows. These areas include the Burn Unit, Pediatric Critical Care, Pulmonary Critical Care, Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit, ECMO and others.


  1. Train academic surgeons in critical care.
  2. Satisfy the requirements leading to certification in Surgical Critical Care by the American Board of Surgery.
  3. Successful completion of the examination for Added Qualifications in Surgical Critical Care by the American Board of Surgery


  1. Acquire an advanced body of knowledge and level of skill in the management of critically ill surgical patients. Including:
    • Mastery of the use of advanced technology and instrumentation to monitor the physiologic status of critically ill surgical patients.
    • Mastery of organizational and administrative aspects of a critical care unit; and
    • Mastery of ethical, economic, and legal issues as they pertain to critical care.
  2. Assume a leadership role in teaching and research in surgical critical care.
    • Undertake investigations into the various areas of surgical critical care, such as new instrumentation, identification of important physiologic parameters, evaluation of pharmacological agents in critically ill patients, or health outcomes and/or health policy issues related to surgical critical care.
    • Administer a surgical critical care unit and appoint, train, and supervise specialized personnel, establish policy and procedures for the unit, and coordinate the activities of the unit with other administrative units within the hospital.

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in our program. We are currently accepting applications through the SAFAS site, located at We also ask that you send your cover letter and CV electronically to our coordinator Jennifer Matusik at Once these materials have been reviewed, we will contact you about an interview.

Please visit the UNC Graduate Medical Education site to learn more about GME at UNC.

Contact Information

Jin Ra, MD
Program Director

Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Burnett-Womack Bldg.
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7228



Jennifer Matusik
Program Coordinator
Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
4044-C Burnett-Womack Bldg.
CB# 7050
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7050
Phone: 919-843-4360
FAX: 919-966-0369