Clinical Fellowships

The Yale Department of Anesthesia provides a variety of clinical fellowships. We offer a wide range of supervised opportunities for fellowship trainees. 

Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship

The pediatric anesthesia subspecialty training program is a 12-month program designed to prepare physicians for the clinical practice of pediatric anesthesiology. Research opportunities are available and encouraged to assist those interested in a career in academic medicine. 

The Children's Hospital Operating Rooms (CHOR) consists of a six-operating room suite with a separate PACU and admission area for children. We provide a diverse mix of clinical experiences, which includes care of the medically complex, critically-ill child and high-volume routine pediatric surgery cases. A variety of surgical, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are performed on neonates, infants, children and adolescents. Fellows develop expertise as a perioperative physician through involvement in our Pediatric Preadmission Visit Program and the Pediatric Pain Service. 

This fellowship program will allow individuals to develop clinical, teaching, administrative and research skills. 

More Information

If you are interested in learning more about the Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship, please contact the Program Director: 

J. Lance Lichtor, MD 

Email: lance.lichtor@yale.edu

Regional Anesthesia Fellowship

The Yale Regional Anesthesia Fellowship is a one-year program designed to train the candidate in ultrasound, nerve stimulation and landmark guided peripheral nerve blocks using both single injection and continuous catheter technique. The peripheral nerve blocks that we perform most commonly include:

  • Upper limb: interscalene, supraclavicular, infraclavicular, axillary brachial plexus
  • Lower limb: lumbar plexus, femoral, gluteal sciatic, popliteal sciatic, saphenous
  • Truncal: paravertebral, transversus abdominis plane

Almost all the operative blocks are performed immediately outside the OR in a designated treatment area. We are also involved with the pain management of trauma patients in the surgical ICU's. Fellows are expected to attend weekly formal lectures and fresh cadaver dissection workshops and to mentor residents on the clinical service. US Anesthesiology residency training is required for the fellowship.

Fellowship Specifics

  • Duration of Fellowship: 1 year;
  • Number of Fellows: 1

More Information

If you are interested in learning more about the Regional Anesthesia Fellowship, please contact the Fellowship Coordinator or Fellowship Director: 

Marie Aritta, Fellowship Coordinator
Email: marie.aritta@yale.edu

Richa Wardhan, MBBS, MD, Fellowship Director 
Email: richa.wardhan@yale.edu

Anesthesiology Quality and Safety Fellowship

Significant changes in delivery and financing of health care present both a challenge and an opportunity to improve patient care. The Yale Department of Anesthesiology Quality and Safety Fellowship provides opportunities for the fellow to rapidly acquire a comprehensive understanding of quality and safety and to apply this knowledge by creating practical solutions to real-world problems. Because teams of providers must work within a health care system, the core curriculum includes a systems-based approach to healthcare delivery and patient safety. 

The fellow will be integrated into ongoing safety programs and will simultaneously be encouraged to acquire theoretical understanding through independent study and reading and by auditing relevant courses within the university. It is anticipated that after completing the fellowship, the individual will assume a leadership role as a patient safety officer and make continuing intellectual contributions to the field. 

Although a safety fellowship is not yet recognized by the ACGME, the curriculum is structured to meet ACGME core competencies. The fellow will be expected to work clinically in the operating room one day per week, and will be permitted to take a limited number of “incentive” shifts to supplement his or her income. The curriculum will be tailored to the individual needs and interests of the fellow, but can be divided into four major themes: Judgment, decision-making, and human error; technology and informatics; distributed cognition, high performance teams, and simulation; and quality and safety management. 

One third to one half of the fellow’s time will be focused on learning and teaching safety concepts during scheduled meetings, seminars, and workgroups. It is expected that the fellow will complete Lean Six Sigma Healthcare training over the course of the year. The Department will cover the cost of this course. The fellow will also pursue self-directed learning to gain a deep understanding of patient safety topics; a suggested reading list will be provided. The fellow will be given the option of taking two years to complete the program, in which case he or she will be expected to complete the coursework and other requirements necessary for a Masters in Health Science degree.

Fellowship Specifics

  • Duration of Fellowship: 1 or 2 years
  • Number of Fellows: 1

More Infomation

If you are interested in learning more about the Anesthesiology Quality and Safety Fellowship, please contact the Program Director:

Keith Ruskin, MD
Email: keith.ruskin@yale.edu

NeuroAnesthesiology Fellowship

The Neuroanesthesia service offers advanced subspecialty clinical training while establishing a foundation for research and academic excellence. A neuroanesthesia team is responsible for the anesthetic care of patients undergoing neurosurgical procedures, including craniotomies for brain tumors, aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations, carotid endarterectomies, posterior fossa surgeries, epilepsy surgeries, complex spinal surgery, and stereotactic and interventional neurovascular techniques. Neuroanesthesia locations include multiple MRI-equipped operating rooms plus advanced neurovascular interventional suites. 

Training in neuroanesthesia includes an introduction to neurosurgical intensive care issues. Along with common critical-care management situations, such as cardiorespiratory support, there are opportunities to consider the management of serious perioperative problems (e.g., those associated with spinal and cerebral head trauma, raised intracranial pressure, acute stroke or cerebral hemorrhage/cerebral vasospasmand neurologically-associated endocrinopathies). 

Research Areas: 

  • Epilepsy 
  • Cerebral Vascular Disease 
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging 
  • Intraoperative Monitoring 
  • The effects of anesthetics on cerebral vasculature and brain receptors 

We offer training opportunities for young researchers, and provide mentoring to design experimental protocols, analyze data and prepare publishable reports.

Fellowship Specifics

  • Duration of Fellowship: 1 or 2 years
  • Number of Fellows: 1

More Information

If you are interested in learning more about the NeuroAnesthesiology Fellowship, please contact the Program Director:

Keith Ruskin, MD
Email: keith.ruskin@yale.edu

Cardiac Anesthesiology Fellowship

Education on the Cardiac Anesthesia Service is designed to produce clinicians capable of providing state-of-the-art anesthesia for patients with cardiac, thoracic and vascular diseases. We stress the pathophysiology and perioperative implications of these diseases along with the principles of cardiopulmonary bypass, myocardial preservation, intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation along with transesophageal echocardiography, implantable/assist devices and implantations. Our active TEE program encompasses 15 ECHO-certified faculty members plus consulting cardiologists and radiologists.

In addition to the development of advanced intra-operative anesthesia skills, fellows are expected to achieve certification in echocardiography and become adept in the perioperative management of cardiac support devices.


Fellows in Cardiac Anesthesia will also have the opportunity to participate in research projects with Anesthesiology faculty as well as with Cardiothoracic Surgical and Cardiology staff.

Fellowship Specifics

  • Duration of Fellowship: 1 year
  • Number of Fellows: 2

More Information

If you are interested in learning more about the Cardiac Anesthesiology Fellowship, please contact the Fellowship Coordinator of Fellowship Director. We are part of the national match system, and formal applications need to be submitted via that website.

Marie Aritta, Fellowship Coordinator
Email: marie.aritta@yale.edu

Raj Modak, MD, Fellowship Director
Email: raj.modak@yale.edu

Pain Medicine Fellowship

One of the highest priorities in the Pain Medicine Division is the re-establishment of an ACGME accredited pain medicine fellowship starting 2016. Our goal is for this fellowship to provide a truly comprehensive training program that will provide extensive exposure to the assessment and treatment of a wide variety of adult and pediatric patients with acute, chronic, and cancer pain. We will strive to provide the educational and clinical experience to best prepare trainees to become the future leaders in the field of Pain Medicine.

Fellowship Specifics (starting 2016)

  • Duration of Fellowship: 1 or 2 years
  • Number of Fellows: 1

More Information

If you are interested in learning more about the Anesthesiology Quality and Safety Fellowship, please contact the Program Director:

Donna-Ann Thomas, MD
Email: donna-ann.thomas@yale.edu