Neuro-Critical Care Fellowship

Program Director: Mohammed Rehman, M.D.
Director NeuroCritical Care Service: Panayiotis Varelas, M.D., Ph.D.
Neurosurgery Nurse Practitioner: Jody Wellwood, MSN, ACNP, CNRN
Program Coordinator: Lauren DeCesare


About the program

The NeuroCritical Care fellowship is a two-year training program that fulfills the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) NeuroCritical Care training criteria. The curriculum is equally balanced between neurological and medical aspects of critical care. Training is based in the 16-bed Neuro-ICU at Henry Ford Hospital downtown campus.

We have a team of four fellowship-trained Neurointensivists, with NeuroCritical care nurse practitioners and residents that staff the unit 24 hours a day. Fellows will gain proficiency in the medical management of the critically-ill patient. Procedural skills include: traditional and ultrasound-guided central venous line placement, arterial line placement, pulmonary artery catheterization, lumbar puncture/drains, continuous EEG monitoring, brain oxygen monitoring, ventriculostomy management, endotracheal intubation, ventilator management, fiberoptic bronchoscopy. In addition to time spent in the Neuro-ICU, fellows will complete required rotations in the medical intensive care unit (MICU), surgical intensive care unit (SICU), cardiac intensive care unit (CICU) and Neuroanesthesia (OR).

For additional information regarding NeuroCritical Care eligibility, application, benefits, curriculum or research please see the tabs on the upper-right side of the page.

Quick facts

  • 2 year UCNS (United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties) accredited fellowship program
  • 16 bed Neuro ICU
  • 8 bed step-down unit
  • 900-1000 admissions per year
  • Team consists of an attending, a fellow, a nurse practitioner, residents from Neurology, Neurosurgery or Anesthesia and a pharmacist.

Diverse pathology

  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Intracerebral hemorrhage
  • Patients with various Neurosurgical disorders
  • Cerebral edema
  • Status epilepticus
  • Ischemic stroke
  • Neurotrauma

Intense critical care training on management of individual and multi-organ failure, sepsis and general management of critically ill patients.


Extensive use of:

  • ICP monitors
  • EVDs
  • Continuous EEG monitoring TCDs
  • Hemodynamic monitoring (both invasive and non-invasive)
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Diagnostic Bronchoscopy
  • Central lines
  • Arterial lines
  • Pulmonary artery catheter
  • Licox
  • CBF catheters


  • Extracurricular rotations mandatory in:
  • Anesthesia
  • EEG
  • Stroke
  • Trauma
  • MICU
  • SICU
  • Research

Upon completion, fellows should have the knowledge base and clinical skills to care independently for a broad range of critically ill patients, both in the Neuro ICU and beyond.

For more information contact Tamer Abdelhak, M.D. Fellowship Program Director.

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