Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Surgery


Students on the Trauma & Emergency Surgery service work with faculty to evaluate and manage the full spectrum of emergency and acute care general surgery consultations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Surgical expertise spans a broad range of gastrointestinal, biliary tract, and soft tissue surgical illnesses. Specialized services taught in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit include mechanical ventilation, nutritional support, invasive monitoring, fluid and electrolyte management, therapy for infections, hemodynamic management, and emergency interventions.

Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

The Division of Trauma/Critical Care offers a one year Surgical Critical Care (SCC) Fellowship that is accredited by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), with an option for an additional non-accredited year of training in Trauma and Acute Care Surgery offered to interested candidates.  The fellowship is administered through McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.

Clinical training for the SCC fellowship includes rotations through multiple units at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, including the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), Cardiothoracic/Transplant Intensive Care Unit (CTICU), Neuro-Sciences Intensive Care Unit (NSICU), and Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU).  Elective rotations in Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Echocardiography, Hospice & Palliative Care, Coronary Care (CCICU), as well as Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units are offered at Northwestern.  To help candidates develop specific skill sets and to explore their own career choices we offer opportunities for customized one to four week rotations at local, national, and international sites.  All elective and customized rotations have documented educational value and clear goals approved by the ACGME; they proceed under the supervision of experienced faculty.

Learn more about our program below.

Program Director

Nabil Issa, MD, Associate Program Director
Nabil Issa, MD
Phone: 312-695-4835

Our Mission: To train the next generation of dependable SCC specialist in a supportive and compassionate academic environment.

Our Vision: To be recognized as one of the premier academic surgical critical care fellowship programs in North America.

Our Motto: "Provide the vision, and they will conjure their own path."

Housestaff Research Portal

Feinberg has the infrastructure and resources to assist McGaw trainees interested in conducting scientific research. Visit our Housestaff Research Portal to learn more.