Fellowship Header

University of Nebraska Medical Center



General Information:
Chair: Dr. Steven Lisco
Cardiothoracic/Cardiovascular Anesthesia Fellowship Director: Dr. Tara Brakke
Mailing Address:
Dr. Tara Brakke, Program Director
c/o Mary Bernhagen
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
984455 Nebraska Medical Center
Application Process:
Applicants that have successfully completed an Anesthesiology residency at an ACGME-accredited program and are interested in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology are encouraged to apply. All applicants must first register through the San Francisco Subspecialty Match at http://sfmatch.org  Registration with SF Match begins November 11, 2016 for applications for the Academic Year 2018-19. The Centralized Application Service (CAS) is provided through the SF Match. The CAS application form will be available online in your SF Match account profile. Selected applicants will be invited for a formal interview. Interviews will be held from January until April 30, 2017.

For more information about the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship Program, please visit our website at: http://www.unmc.edu/anesthesia/residency-fellowships/ct-fellowship.html
General Program Information:
Number of positions: 2
Position(s) available 2017: 0 
Position(s) available 2018: 2 
Type(s) of Fellowship Training Available:
  • Clinical Only
  • Clinical Basic Research
  • Clinical Clinical
Annual Salary: $65,901
Minimum Length of Training: 1 year
Number of CA-4/CA-5 Fellows Completing 12-24 Months Cardiothoracic/Cardiovascular Training in Previous 5 Years: 3 (New Program)
Amy Duhachek-Stapelman, MD
Adult CTV Anesthesiology, Education, Quality
Ellen Roberts, MD
Adult CTV Anesthesiology
Kristina Birch, MD
Adult CTV Anesthesiology
Mo Shukry, MD, PhD
Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology
Sasha Shillcutt, MD
Adult CTV Anesthesiology, Echocardiography, Diastolic Dysfunction
Steven Lisco, MD
Critical Care
Tara Brakke, MD
Adult CTV Anesthesiology, Echocardiography, Fluid Management
Thomas Porter, MD
Echocardiography, Contrast
Thomas Schulte, MD
Adult CTV Anesthesiology

Nicholas W. Markin, MD
Adult CTV Anesthesiology

Katie J. Goergen
Adult CTV Anesthesiology

Academic Program:

Fellow Conferences Frequency: 1-2 per week
Type: Echocardiology Boot Camp, Simulation, Problem-Based Learning Discussions, Anesthesia Lecture Series, Cardiac Anesthesia Journal Club, Cardiac Surgery M&M, Multidisciplinary Cardiac Valve Conference, Anesthesiology Quality Meeting & Grand Rounds.
Extra-Institutional Educational Conference Support: SCA Meeting and 1 additional educational meeting if presenting
In the Previous 3 Years, Fellows were 1st or 2nd Author On:

7 Abstracts:

Miskulin J, Schmidt M, Goergen K, Brakke T. Postoperative Dysphagia Related to Transesophageal Echocardiography Use and Duration of Surgery. Scientific Abstract Presentation. SCA 2016.

Schmidt M, Miskulin J, Goergen K, Brakke T. Obesity and Postitioning-Related Neuropathies in Cardiac Surgery Patients. Scientific Abstract Presentation. SCA 2016

Schmidt M, Shillcutt S. Ascending Aortic Dissection Immediately Following Aortic Valve Replacement. Case Report Presentation, SCA 2016.

Schmidt M, Shillcutt S. Tricuspid Valve Replacement and Atrial Septal Defect Repair in Patient with Carcinoid Syndrome. Case Report Presentation, SCA 2016.

Adams A, McIntire NR, Fee M. Large Intracardiac Mass Extending from the Inferior Vena Caca to the Right Ventricle. Case Report Presentation, SCA 2015.

Sharma A, Markin N. Shillcutt S. The Effect of Inhaled Milrinone on Right Ventricular Function after Separation from Cardiopulmonary Bypass during HeartMate-II Implantation. Research Presentation, SCA 2014.

Markin N, Johnson D, Duhachek A. Transesophageal Echocardiographic Diagnosis of Cardiac Tamponade during Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation. Case Presentation, SCA 2014.

2 Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

Markin NW, Gmelch BS, Griffee MJ, HolmbergTJ, et al. A Review of 364 Perioperative Rescue Echocardiograms: Findings of an Anesthesiologist-Staffed Perioperative Echocardiography Service. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth 2015 Feb; 29(1):82-8.

Markin NW, Sharma A, Grant W, Shillcutt SK. The Safety of Transesophageal Echocardiography in Patients Undergoing Orthotopic Liver Transplantation. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth 2015 Jun; 29(3):588-93.



Dedicated Research Time: 1 month or equivalent of one month over the course of the year.
Echocardiography Instruction: Extensive transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography instruction.
Critical Care Rotation: Two or three 2-week rotations with dual-boarded staff.
Formal Course Work Available in: Cardiac and thoracic OR.
Maximum Time in Non-OR Activities: Rotations in invasive cardiology, perfusion/extracorporeal, cath, EP labs.


Clinical Program:
Number of Cardiac Procedures with CPB Per Year: ~650
Distribution of cases: 45% CABG, 20% Valves, 35% VADs, Congenital, Thoracic and other.
Average Number of CPB Procedures Per Trainee Per Year: ~200
Number of Cardiac Procedures off-CPB Per Year: ~150
Distribution of case:
Average Number of off-CPB Procedures Per Trainee Per Year: ~50
Number of Non-Cardiac Thoracic Cases Per Year: ~30
Number of Heart, Lung and Heart/Lung Transplants Per Year: ~50

Number of Major Vascular Cases Per Year: 50
Contains 0 items
Subtotal: $0.00