Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship

Program Overview

Mike Spaeder, MD, Pediatric Critical Care, Fellowship Director

The University of Virginia Children’s Hospital’s three-year fellowship provides trainees with the clinical, educational, research, and quality improvement foundation they need to thrive in pediatric critical care. UVA Children’s is the quaternary-care pediatric referral center for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Highlights of our program include the following:

  • USNWR Top 50 ranking for Cardiology & Heart Surgery – 2016-2020
  • 1,000 admissions per year
  • 300 cardiac surgical cases per year (~10 heart transplants per year)
  • 17-bed mixed Medical/Surgical/Cardiac ICU
  • Level 1 Trauma Center
  • Liver transplant program with Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital
  • Active CAR T-cell protocol
  • Renal transplant program
  • Busy ECMO and mechanical support (e.g., VAD) program
  • Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Platinum Level Center of Excellence
  • Busy surgical programs in pediatric neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, and plastic surgery
  • Opportunities for research within the School of Medicine, School of Engineering & Applied Science and Children’s Health Research Center


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Fellowship Directors

Mike Spaeder, MD, MS
Program Director
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Critical Care

Jimmy Smith, MD
Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Critical Care

Program Coordinator

Kathryn Collier
Phone: 434-982-1707
Fax: 434-982-3843