Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program

The mission of the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PCCM) Fellowship program at UTHSC is to train clinician scientists. Le Bonheur provides a rich learning environment for fellows with multi-ICU locations including a PICU (20 beds), CVICU (10 beds), Neuro ICU (6 beds) and Intermediate Care Unit (15 beds) as well as a rotation through the onco-critical care unit (8 beds) at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The Fellowship Program emphasizes extracorporeal therapies and supports a Level 1 Trauma Center. The PCCM fellowship training program follows an ABP-oriented curriculum with protected educational time and access to mentored research at UTHSC or St. Jude. Our fellows participate in simulation boot camps, ultrasound training, ECMO course (didactic and simulation-based training) and communication/debriefing training.

Combined fellowship training is available with pediatric cardiology, hematology-oncology and infectious diseases.

Research Interests 

  • Severe sepsis and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS)
  • Artificial intelligence applications in critical illness
  • Neurocritical care, including traumatic brain injury treatment, outcomes and associated neuroendocrinopathies
  • Global Onco-Critical Care Research (St. Jude Children's Research Hospital)
  • Social disparities in critical illness

Program Staff: Critical Care Medicine

Program Director

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Dr. Shah is a Critical Care Intensivist.

Associate Program Director

Assistant Program Director

Saad Ghafoor
Saad Ghafoor, MD

Fellowship Research Director

A. Nico West, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Department of Physiology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Fellowship Coordinator 

Kelli Moses