After more than two decades of service, Dr. Christopher Young has officially handed over his title as director of the Critical Care Medicine (CCM) Fellowship to Dr. Quintin Quinones, effective January 1st. Young has been involved in the CCM Fellowship since its inception in 1992, the same year he joined the faculty. He was present not only for the first ACGME site visit (required for initial approval), but every subsequent one until the system was recently changed so that site visits are no longer necessary. During those 25 years of site visits, the program received numerous commendations and consistently received Continued Accreditation status. The fellowship officially began in July of 1995 with Young as acting director and with Drs. Elliott Bennett-Guerrero and Nancy Knudsen as the first two fellows. Under Young’s leadership, high-quality candidates have been recruited to the program and the size of the fellowship has gradually increased from two to eight fellows per year. Young has trained 76 A/CCM fellows and about 15 additional Surgery/CCM fellows; a number of them are current or former Duke faculty. And, more than 70 percent of those former fellows practice in academic medical centers, several of them now running their own fellowship training programs in A/CCM and holding other hospital leadership positions.
“Dr. Young has provided steady leadership and friendly mentorship as the program director in critical care medicine. I have looked up to him throughout my training at Duke Anesthesiology as a role model for what an anesthesia intensivist should be,” says Quinones. “It has been my privilege to train under Dr. Young and to work with him as associate program director. I hope to continue his legacy of leadership and mentorship and to serve as a role model for future generations of intensivists as he has done for so many.”
Young thanks Dr. Jerry Reves who he says encouraged him to take on the fellowship director role and expressed confidence in his ability to carry the program forward while providing him with the support and mentorship needed to grow the fellowship. He is also grateful to Drs. David Lubarsky, Jonathan Mark and Mark Newman for their guidance, adding that he is “indebted to Dr. Mark Stafford-Smith for his support” as they pursued the vision of combined fellowship training in critical care medicine and cardiac anesthesiology – spending countless hours planning, recruiting, and building connections between the two fellowships. Young says the inclusion of transesophageal echocardiography to the CCM curriculum could not have been accomplished without his help, as well as the help of Drs. Madhav Swaminathan and Alina Nicoara.
After having led and grown the CCM Fellowship program for 22 years, Young believes the future looks very promising. He says Quinones (Duke A/CCM ’14) is assuming the program directorship at a time of rapid growth in critical care medicine at Duke and within the department. The fellows continue to train in the Surgical ICUs at the Durham VAMC and Duke University Hospital – now in the relatively new and expanded location in 6 West, Duke Medical Pavilion. As the CCM Division has grown and taken on new clinical sites of patient care, the fellowship has likewise increased its footprint to include training in the Cardiothoracic ICU, the mixed medical-surgical ICU at Duke Regional Hospital, and ongoing rotations in the Duke Neurosciences and Medical ICUs.
“Quintin has already completed work to enhance the didactic component of the fellowship and has been providing research mentorship for the fellows for the past several years. His intelligence and enthusiasm, as well as his established track record of fellow, resident, and medical student education in the department, are clear signs of continued excellence in education and patient care in critical care medicine,” says Young.