Neurocritical Care

Our Mission:

The goal of the Neurocritical Care Fellowship Program is to provide a rich and rigorous academic environment in which the next generation of neuro-intensivists can develop into compassionate and highly competent leaders in this exciting and evolving field.

Message from the Fellowship Director:

Thank you for your interest in the neurocritical care training program at Washington University School of Medicine. We offer one of the most comprehensive and long-running fellowships in the nation, with a rich history of training neurointensivists for over 20 years, led by past-president of the Neurocritical Care Society (and current editor-in-chief of the journal, Neurocritical Care), Michael Diringer, MD. Our rigorous training program is accredited by the United Council of Neurological Specialties (UCNS) and graduating fellows will meet all requirements for certification in Neurocritical Care. This fellowship provides a balance of clinical training in the busy Neurology/Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (consistently ranked as one of the nation’s best hospitals), and exposure to a broad spectrum of research opportunities encompassing basic, translational, neuroimaging, and clinical approaches. You will work with all five of our academic neurointensivists, as well as a multidisciplinary staff of six nurse practioners, a dedicated clinical pharmacist, residents from multiple subspecialties, and a full time nurse research coordinator. You will also train in our other ICU’s (Medical, Surgical, and Cardiothoracic) and in the OR’s to gain comprehensive exposure to the full diversity of critical care practice and procedures. We have trained fellows with diverse backgrounds ranging from neurology and internal medicine to neuroradiology and emergency medicine. Many are now in leadership positions around the country.

This is also a truly transformative time for the Neurocritical Care program, with an imminent expansion of our Neuro-ICU to 44 beds by summer/fall 2019. A new 24-bed ICU is being built immediately beneath the current 20-bed unit to accommodate our growing patient volume, focused on acute vascular and traumatic brain injuries. It will incorporate state-of-the-art imaging and monitoring technologies.

Fellows will be paired up with a research mentor and expected to complete at least one primary academic project, presented at the annual meeting of the Neurocritical Care Society and submitted for publication. Research training is overseen by Dr. Diringer who will act as a senior mentor for all fellows.

Applications for our four annual positions will be accepted through the centralized application process run by sfmatch – beginning in October two years prior to anticipated start (July 1st). All application materials should be submitted through their website, including three letters of reference. We will consider applications from residents/fellows eligible for licensure in Missouri, including those with H-1 or J-1 visas. Interviews for those selected will take place in January through May of the year prior to fellowship, with the match occurring in June.

For further questions, please contact:

Rajat Dhar, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
Fellowship Director, Neurologic Critical Care
Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Neurology
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
660 South Euclid Ave
Campus Box 8111
St Louis, MO 63110

Primary Contact
Liz Vansickle (Program Administrator)
Office: 314 362 2999
Fax: 314 362 6033