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Neurocritical Care Fellowship

We offer two multidisciplinary fellowships in neurocritical care, a one-year track or a two-year track, depending on previous experience.

Training overview

Our fellowship's core faculty consists of four full-time neurointensivists certified by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UNCS). In addition, multidisciplinary faculty members from various departments support the fellowship.

Our fellows train at The University of Kansas Health System, a world-class academic medical center with a dedicated 20-bed Neuro ICU that provides care to critically ill neurology; neurosurgery; and ear, nose and throat (ENT) patients. Continuous electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring is available in all rooms. A portable CT scanner is housed in the unit.

The neurocritical care team works very closely with the Neurosurgery and the ENT teams. The Neuro ICU call coverage is provided by three nurse practitioners and residents (neurology, anesthesia and neurosurgery) under supervision of the neurointensivists.


The fellow will rotate through medical/transplant ICU, trauma ICU and cardiothoracic ICU. Opportunities will be available to learn various procedures required in the specialty of critical care.

Fellows will be on in-house one overnight call (12-18 hour shifts) one day per week.

Two-year track

Our more traditional two-year track features:

  • Neuro ICU – 8 months
  • Medical/Transplant ICU (MICU) – 3 months
  • Cardiothoracic ICU (CTICU) – 2 months
  • Trauma ICU – 1 month
  • Medical ICU consult service – 1 month
  • Stroke service – 1 month
  • Neurosurgery – 1 month
  • Anesthesia – 2 months


  • Research – Up to 5 months
  • Palliative care – 2-4 weeks
  • Electroencephalography (EEG) – 2-4 weeks
  • Neuroradiology – 2-4 weeks

One-year track

The one-year track is for fellows who have completed postgraduate fellowship training in one of the following areas:

  • Anesthesia critical care
  • Surgical critical care
  • Internal medicine critical care that requires at least six months of critical care training

Training on the one year-track includes:

  • Neuro ICU – 8-9 months
  • Stroke service – 1 month
  • EEG – 1 month
  • Neuroradiology – 1 month
  • Anesthesia – 1 month (elective)

Neurosurgeons on the one-year track follow a different training regimen.

  • Neuro ICU – 4 months
  • Medical/Transplant ICU (MICU) – 3 months
  • Cardiothoracic ICU (CTICU) – 1 month
  • Medical ICU consult service – 1 month
  • Stroke service – 1 month
  • EEG – 1 month
  • Anesthesia – 1 month

Research opportunities

The neurocritical care team is involved in various retrospective and prospective studies, NeuroNEXT clinical trials, and industry-sponsored trials. Our fellows will be involved in all these studies and will receive mentoring to enhance their research experience.


Fellows will be provided with an office cubicle with a computer and space for books and personal items, with locked storage. All fellows will be given an allowance for books and the purchase of either a smartphone or a netbook computer.

Fellowship leadership

Kathrin Husmann, M.D.
Associate Professor and Fellowship Program Director

Sonya Fabricius
Education Coordinator

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Neurology
Mailstop 2012
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-6970
Fax: 913-588-6965