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University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Medical Center


General Information:
Chair: Keith A. Jones, M.D.
Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship Director: Michelle E. Downing, MD
Mailing Address:
UAB Department of Anesthesiology; Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology; 823 Jefferson Tower; 619 19th Street South
(205) 996-9571
(205) 996-4489
Application Process:
Applications will be accepted approximately 18 months prior to the start date of the fellowship (i.e. December 2014 for the academic year starting July 1, 2016). Our program will be participating in the San Francisco Match for all available positions, so applicants must register with the San Francisco Match Program (www.sfmatch.org) and submit the Central Application Service (CAS) application available at the website. Completed applications will be electronically distributed to programs directly from SF Match.

Interviews will be conducted from February through May.  Applicants selected for an invitation to interview will be contacted directly by the program coordinator to arrange scheduling of the interview date.

For additional application questions, please contact the program coordinator:

Keven Robinson
General Program Information:
Number of positions: 3
Position(s) available 2012:
Position(s) available 2013:
Type(s) of Fellowship Training Avaible:
  • Clinical Only
Annual Salary: Consistent with average, national PGY-5 salaries
Minimum Length of Training: 12 months
Number of CA-4/CA-5 Fellows Completing 12-24 Months Cardiothoracic/Cardiovascular Training in Previous 5 Years: 15
Brad Steenwyk, MD
Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia, Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography
Colleen Henling, MD
Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia
Jack Crawford, MD, PhD
Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia, Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography
Matt Townsley, MD
Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography
Ben Tuck, MD
Perioperative Echocardiography, Liver Transplantation
Victoria Belopolsky, MD
Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography
Michelle Downing, MD
Perioperative Tranesophageal Echocardiography
Brad Coker, MD
Critical Care Anesthesiology, Cardiac Critical Care, Preoperative Transesophageal Echocardiography, Transthoracic Echocardiography
Academic Program:
Fellow Conferences Frequency:  1 per week
Type: Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellow Didactic Series, TEE Review Sessions, Case Conferences
Extra-Institutional Educational Conference Support:
In the Previous 5 Years, Fellows were 1st or 2nd Author On:

Abstract: 4
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles: 1
Book Chapters: 2
Other Publications:


Funding: Dept/Institutional Funds
Dedicated Research Time: Negotiable
Echocardiography Instruction: Dedicated 2 month TEE rotation (with additional TEE and TTE rotations avail
Critical Care Rotation: 1 month
Formal Course Work Available in: Negotiable
Maximum Time in Non-OR Activities: Negotiable

Clinical Program:
Number of Cardiac Procedures with CPB Per Year: 1000
Distribution of cases: 40% CABG, 30% Valves, 20% Aortic Surgery, 10% Congenital
Average Number of CPB Procedures Per Trainee Per Year:
Number of Cardiac Procedures off-CPB Per Year:
Distribution of case:
Average Number of off-CPB Procedures Per Trainee Per Year:
Number of Non-Cardiac Thoracic Cases Per Year: 1100
Number of Heart, Lung and Heart/Lung Transplants Per Year: 50
Number of Major Vascular Cases Per Year: 100
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