Fellowship Programs

Duke Anesthesiology Fellowships

Duke Anesthesiology is proud to offer 11 fellowship programs in:

  • Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Neuroanesthesiology
  • Neuro-Critical Care
  • Obstetric Anesthesiology
  • Pain Medicine
  • Pediatric Anesthesiology
  • Regional and Ambulatory Anesthesiology (Acute Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesiology)
  • Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine
  • Global Health Anesthesiology
  • Perioperative Medicine – NEW! First fellows begin July 2017

The Duke Anesthesiology Fellowships offer a rich clinical exposure to high complexity cases with oversight from world-class faculty. The fellowships are a cohesive community coming together weekly for a professional seminar on topics designed to assist fellows in developing skills as “thinkers and leaders” in their future careers. Some of the topics covered include: ethics in the perioperative and critical care environment; abstract writing for a national meeting; and, emerging science:  when is there enough evidence to change your clinical practice. There is also a structured Quality Assurance and Patient Safety initiative with fellows involved in group projects with final presentation to the department.

For many years, Duke Anesthesiology has appreciated the importance of an exposure to research during fellowship training. Each fellow is assigned a faculty mentor and identifies a specific project to pursue during the fellowship. At the three-month mark of their fellowship, ideas are presented by the fellows to the entire department. Fellows are encouraged to present their final project at national/international/regional conferences and also at the Department’s Annual Academic Evening, where a guest faculty judges presentations.

Upon completion of a fellowship at Duke, our impression is that graduates have enjoyed tremendous success in their professional lives. Our alumni are highly sought after in both private practice and academic medicine and often assume leadership positions. Duke Anesthesiology is proud of our fellows, seeing these individuals as a reflection of the quality of our programs and part of Duke University’s tradition of excellence.

For those fellowships that involve subspecialties approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), all have that accreditation. The ACGME recently approved the subspecialty Acute Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesiology; our application for accreditation is currently being submitted with anticipated approval for the July 2017 start date.

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Brandi A. Bottiger, MD
Program Director
Brandi A. Bottiger, MD
919-681-6944

Coordinator
Cheryl J. Stetson
919-681-6944

Twelve one-year fellowship positions are available each year in our ACGME Accredited Fellowship. Second-year research or clinical fellowship opportunities are available; programs are individualized to meet the goals of successful applicants. Generally, clinical experience is the focus of the first fellowship year, along with involvement in clinical research.

Fellows opting for a two-year fellowship continue in their second year with another clinical fellowship (e.g., pediatrics, ICU) or one clinical day per week in their second year, in addition to a structured plan involving laboratory and/or clinical research and teaching. Attendance at some or all of the seminars offered by the Duke Clinical Research Institute leading to a Master’s Degree of Health Sciences in Clinical Research can be arranged.

The Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship is highly recommended as formal training for sub-specialization in cardiac and/or thoracic anesthesiology. The Fellowship is designed to develop clinical, consultant, and in-depth research expertise. Applications are usually considered starting 18 months prior to the start date.

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Adeyemi J. Olufolabi, MB MS
Program Director
Yemi Olufolabi, MB
919-684-8989

Coordinator
Cecelia Pezdek
919-668-5976

The Duke Global Health Residency / Fellowship Pathway offers physicians engaged in post-graduate medical training the opportunity to broaden their existing training to address health disparities in resource-poor settings and acquire clinical and research skills relevant to careers in global health.

Duke candidates must contact their Program Director to verify eligibility. Application information will be distributed internally through the participating departments. External candidates are encouraged to check specialty-specific eligibility information on the Curriculum Per Department page. Please note that external recruitment is limited toAnesthesiologyObstetrics and Gynecology and Emergency Medicine tracks.

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Christopher Young, MD
Program Director
Christopher C. Young, MD
919-681-4488

Coordinator
Victoria Grossman
919-668-3400

The goal of the Fellowship in CCM / Anesthesiology is to provide trainees with background knowledge necessary for the care of critically ill patients and an appreciation of management issues unique to this patient population, in the perioperative period and elsewhere. Critical care medicine is a multidisciplinary field concerned with patients who have sustained, or are at risk of sustaining, life threatening, single or multiple organ system failure due to disease or injury. Critical care medicine seeks to provide for the needs of these patients through immediate and continuous observation and intervention so as to restore health and prevent complications. A Fellow will become competent in all aspects of recognizing and managing acutely ill adult patients with single or multiple organ system failure requiring ongoing monitoring and support.

In addition, all fellows will receive training in TEE both in the OR and in the ICU. Fellows will attain proficiency in echocardiography through hands-on experience coupled with weekly didactic sessions including lectures and case conferences.

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Michael "Luke" James, MD
Program Director
Michael “Luke” James, MD
919-684-6265

To train anesthesiologists in the subspecialty of neurosurgical anesthesiology for the purpose of supplying highly trained physicians to care for a fragile and growing neurosurgical patient population.

The overall goal of this one year training program is to transform the general anesthesiologist into a subspecialist in neurosurgical anesthesiology. This is the beginning of a lifelong learning process and is accomplished through multidisciplinary training in all aspects of the perioperative care of the neurosurgical patient. These aspects of care include neurosurgical anesthesiology, neurocritical care (neuro-ICU), neuroradiology, neurosonology, and neurophysiologic monitoring.

A two-year program option will be offered for fellows interested in a dedicated research year to prepare for an academic career.

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Jennifer Dominguez, MD
Program Director
Jennifer E. Dominguez, MD, MHS
919-681-4698

OB Anesthesia fellows participate in the care of high-risk parturients. Due to the strengths of other departments at Duke patients with maternal or fetal – cardiac, neurological or hematological disorders – are frequently referred to Duke for peripartum care. Fellows are actively involved in the clinical decisions by participating in weekly multi-disciplinary meetings that include maternal fetal medicine, neonatologists, and other consultants as needed – such as pulmonary, cardiology, surgical specialists, or interventional radiology.  Fellows actively participate in managing the labor ward anesthesia team that includes resident and CRNA. Call is in-house and exclusively on Labor and Delivery.

Faculty in the Division of Women’s Anesthesia also provide anesthesia for patients undergoing gynecologic and urologic procedures. During the fellowship year, there is an opportunity to learn other anesthesia skills, such as regional anesthesia, if desired. Occasionally, combined fellowships have been organized to obtain dual fellowships e.g. cardiac and obstetric or regional and obstetric anesthesia fellowships within one year.

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Lance A. Roy, MD
Program Director
Lance A. Roy, MD
919-286-0411 x5756

Program Coordinator
Lori Hester
919-286-0411 x5756

Duke University Medical Center is one of the leading medical centers in the nation with a worldwide reputation for excellence in clinical care, teaching, and research. The Pain Medicine Fellowship is ACGME accredited and fellows who successfully complete the fellowship are eligible to sit for board certification.

The fellows spend time at three main clinical sites: Duke North Hospital, Durham VAMC Pain Clinic, and the Duke Outpatient Pain Clinic.

The fellows’ clinical schedule is designed to provide a broad exposure to pain management in a variety of health care systems so that graduates are well trained to practice independently upon graduation in academic, government, or private practice fee-for service settings.

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John Eck, MD
Program Director
John B. Eck, MD
919-668-0976

Coordinator
Allison Mooney
919-681-4877

The pediatric anesthesia fellowship program provides a training opportunity for an individual to acquire knowledge and skills in pediatric anesthesia.

The goals of fellowship training in pediatric anesthesia at Duke are:

  1. To acquire the specialized fund of knowledge, clinical judgment, and technical skills required to independently provide safe, evidence-based anesthetic care for a wide variety of pediatric patients. This includes children of all ages with and without associated medical comorbidities, undergoing surgical or diagnostic procedures, both simple and complex.
  2. To develop as a clinical teacher and to learn how supervise the anesthetic care of less experienced anesthesiology residents during their pediatric anesthesia rotation.
  3. To gain a familiarity with research methods and help carry out a research project.
  4. To create an environment that encourages and instructs the fellow to become a life-long learner.

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Timothy E. Miller, MB ChB, FRCA
Program Director
Timothy E. Miller, MB, ChB, FRCA
919-613-6397

Transcend your role as an anesthesiologist with this fellowship! Perioperative medicine is an emerging specialty that emphasizes the care of patients from the time surgery is contemplated to full recovery. Anesthesiologists are uniquely positioned to touch each phase of this new pathway of care. The Duke Perioperative Medicine Fellowship is a collaboration with the University College London (UCL) that provides a unique opportunity for anesthesia trainees who have the ambition of reaching outside of the operating room to gain academic, clinical and research expertise in perioperative medicine.

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Karen Nielsen, MD
Program Director
Karen C. Nielsen, MD
919-668-2051

Coordinator
LuAnne Latta
919-681-9941

The Fellowship in Ambulatory/Regional Anesthesia is designed to provide advanced training in anesthesia in the ambulatory surgery setting. This program will be an extension to previous training with an emphasis on a continued educational component to include research, clinical and teaching responsibilities. The program will train participants in various regional anesthesia techniques that are used to enhance the perioperative experience of one day surgery patients. These anesthesia techniques are beneficial in their postoperative pain management and in the reduction of postoperative nausea and vomiting. The anesthesiologists in the fellowship will also gain invaluable experience with the use of continuous peripheral nerve catheters which control pain up to 2-4 days after surgery. The fellows continue the use of general anesthesia during their fellowship, however, the mission and objective of the fellowship is to teach the specialized advanced regional anesthesia techniques. Mastering of the various techniques will prepare the fellowship participant to successfully utilize these skills to provide anesthesia and analgesia options to the ambulatory surgery population.

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John Freiberger, MD
Program Director
John J. Freiberger, MD
919-684-6726

Coordinator
Tonya Manning
919-681-1685

The clinical Hyperbaric fellow works in the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology, an integral part of Duke University Medical Center. Four fellowship slots are available each year. Applicants must be eligible for licensure as a trainee in the state of North Carolina and they must have completed an ACGME certified residency program and be board eligible in their specialty. The fellowship is highly competitive and the training is designed to prepare the fellow to become a leader in the field of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine through the development of clinical competence and research expertise.

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