About Us

CVICU Fellow picThe Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Fellowship program is dedicated to educating future cardiac intensivists in the independent management and care of pediatric patients with congenital and acquired heart disease. We accept one fellows per year, who have completed a fellowship in pediatric critical care, pediatric cardiology, or neonatology.

Our Cardiovascular Intensive Care unit is a twenty bed unit with ~ 400 medical and surgical admissions per year. As the only Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Center in the State of Alabama, the fellow is exposed to a wide-breath of both acute and chronic congenital and acquired heart disease in children and young adults. This exposure includes pre- and postoperative care of neonates and children with congenital heart disease, medical management of patients with heart failure and arrhythmias, ventricular assist devices, ECMO, and heart transplantation.

Our Cardiac Critical Care program is a collaborative effort between the Divisions of Pediatric Critical Care, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, and Pediatric Neonatology. This one year Fellowship is uniquely designed to provide training based on the candidate’s previous clinical experience and would focus on developing clinical skills and knowledge specifically in Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care. The candidate would also participate in research with opportunities available in both clinical and basic science research.

Please feel free to call us with any additional questions.

Division Research:
Our research is multidisciplinary and an integral part of our division. All faculty are involved in clinical and translational research at some level with fellow participation. It is our goal for each fellow to complete one research project and participate in at least one conference during fellowship. 

Our Team

Santiago Borasino, M.D.
Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Director 

Leslie Rhodes, M.D.
Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Fellowship Director

LaTanya Brown
Fellowship Coordinator
labrown@peds.uab.edu
205-975-3123

Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Fellows

Cara Lasley, D.O.
First Year
Residency: University of Mississippi Medical Center