Surgical Critical Care
Fellowship Program


to educate, mentor, and develop surgical critical care physicians who deliver outstanding, efficient medical care with compassion, integrity, and respect

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The Lakeland Regional Health Surgical Critical Care fellowship program is a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship. Our goal is to teach critical care skills, and foster intellectually curious, clinically capable and patient-family centered surgical critical care intensivists able to lead the multi-disciplinary approach to the care of the acutely-ill and injured.

Why Train at LRH?

The primary mission of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program is to educate, mentor, and develop surgical critical care physicians who deliver outstanding, efficient medical care with compassion, integrity, and respect. With a community-focused program centered on developing community hospital leaders, fellows will learn the practical aspects of surgical critical care while using the most up-to-date practices and evidence-based medicine. Our graduates will be well-prepared for careers within the community and academic environment. Through a focused and robust clinical and didactic curriculum, mentoring from ABS/AOBS certified faculty members with a variety of backgrounds and expertise and bedside learning, our fellows will be well-prepared for independent practice.

Lakeland Regional Medical Center is the primary clinical site for the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program. As one of Florida’s largest hospitals, with 864 beds, Lakeland Regional Medical Center has ample opportunity for fellows to gain hands-on clinical experience with an array of patients. In an effort to maintain continuity of care, all Surgical Critical Care rotations will occur at the Lakeland Regional Medical Center. The hospital has received numerous from Forbes, Gallup, and Becker’s Hospital Review. The Surgical Critical Care fellows at Lakeland Regional Health will have access to an exceptional assortment of resources that will aid in their training.

Why Choose Us?

  • We are one of the busiest emergency departments in the entire country and with a diverse rural population, the pathology and patient variety is unmatched.
  • We are a state-designated Level II Trauma Center since 1998 and the only designated trauma center for Polk, Highlands, and Hardee counties.
  • The diversity in training and background of the faculty results in mentorship by a varied and highly respected pedigree from some of the premier surgical critical care training institutions from around the country. The faculty are motivated to teach and dedicated to mentorship.
  • Attendings are not dependent on residents or fellows for their daily work. This results in a fellowship in which the fellow is closer to an attending than they are a resident and a training program that is more of an apprenticeship than a residency.
  • You will be an ICU leader. As the point of contact and face of the unit while on service you will meet with the ICU Director and nursing management. You also have the global responsibility for overseeing the care provided by the ICU team.
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Lakeland Regional Health is one of Forbes Best-in-State Employers for 2022. We aim to remain thriving workplace for everyone on our team. We are excited to welcome our residents into our organization and support their personal and professional growth.


Surgical Critical Care fellows will participate in a robust educational program, including surgical critical care journal club. The fellows’ responsibilities also include and teaching residents, staff and students. Fellows also attend the weekly morbidity and mortality conference and actively participate in hospital meetings and research.

  • Trauma Intensive Care Unit (3 – months)
    • The Trauma Intensive Care Unit is an 18-bed unit dedicated primarily to the care of critical trauma and surgical patients.
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit (2 – months)
    • The Medical Intensive Care Unit is a 32-bed unit dedicated to the care of critically ill medical patients.
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit (3 – months)
    • The Surgical Intensive Care Unit is an 18-bed unit dedicated primarily to the care of surgical critical care patients.
  • Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit (3 – months)
    • The Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit is an 18-bed unit dedicated to the care of both critical surgical and medical patients, predominantly with neurologic conditions.
  • Trauma Service (1 month)
    • Mentored experience in operative and nonoperative treatment of the acutely injured patient.


Weekly Didactic Curriculum
  • Based on Critical Care of the Surgical Patient by DeckerX A module based weekly curriculum of scheduled Surgical Critical Care readings and clinical cases and board-style MCQs keyed to essential elements of critical care surgery.


Journal Club
  • Twice a month journal club focused on in-depth learning and discussions with literature selected by fellows and attendings.


Mortality & Morbidity Conference
  • Weekly Morbidity and Mortality cases with untoward outcomes are pulled from all Surgical Critical Care services and reviewed with group discussion of opportunities for improvement.

Program Leadership

donald davis md

Donald Davis, MD

Program Director, Surgical Critical Care

debra seoane

Debra Seoane, MD

Associate Program Director, Surgical Critical Care

Core Faculty

matthew forestiere

Matthew Forestiere, MD

Sanjiv Gray

Sanjiv F.
Gray, MD


Olumide Sobowale, MD

Richard Sontchi, MD

Richard Sontchi, MD

Ward Wall Jr., MD

Ward Wall
Jr., MD


Lakeland Regional Health offers a competitive benefits package. Click below to view the benefits package provided to LRH team members.

Beyond our standard tuition reimbursement program, retirement plans, paid time off and a comprehensive health and benefit plan, we also offer the following extended benefits for residents of our Graduate Medical Education Program:

How to Apply

Applicants to the Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery Fellowships must submit a complete application via Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Fellowship Application Service (SAFAS).

Fellows will participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Interview dates will begin in May and run through July.

NRMP Number: 2323442F0

Required Supporting Documents

    • Curriculum vitae
    • Medical School Transcript
    • Personal Statement
    • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • USMLE Scores


We are excited to welcome all candidates to apply for our Graduate Medical Education programs. However, please note that applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of employment Visas at this time. Thank you for understanding.

Contact Us

Call our program administrator at 863.687.1100 Ext. 2771