Interdisciplinary Training in Injury and Critical Illness

NIH/NIGMS T32 Two-Year Post-doctoral Research Fellowship

The CIBS Center Overview

Application Deadline: Rolling

The program conducts a rolling national search for high-performing candidates.

Over 25 million people per year are treated emergently for injuries and more than 5 million people are admitted annually for critical illness. This Interdisciplinary Training in Injury and Critical Illness helps build the next generation of acute care surgeon-scientists who can tackle the basic, translational, and clinical aspects of research spanning the bench to bedside.

Program Overview

This research centers on the broad-expertise of our 16 Scientific Mentors covering the domains 1) Injury and 2) Critical Illness. Interdisciplinary participating faculty have extensive collaborations with each other and hail from the 6 Departments (Surgery, Orthopedics, Plastics, Medicine, Anesthesiology, and Engineering).

Vanderbilt is at the nexus of 70,000 miles of injured and critically ill patients with annual trauma admissions exceeding 6,000/year, offering robust opportunities for primary and secondary analysis of prospective clinical cohort and multicenter clinical trial data, as well as translational approaches to important aspects of injury and critical illness (e.g., lung injury, peripheral nerve injury, orthopedic trauma, sepsis, burns, cognitive impairment).

Dr. Mayur B. Patel, an established academic trauma surgeon-scientist, founded this T32 program as Program Director to develop the next generation of future surgeon-scientists. Trainees will receive instruction in research-related processes such as grant writing, publications, ethics, and responsible conduct of research. To maximize scientific career development potential, our training program offers the rigorous opportunity to earn additional graduate training (e.g., Master of Public Health, Master of Clinical Investigation).


  • MD and/or PhD degree
  • Two or more years of recent surgical training (or equivalent clinical or post-doctoral experience)
  • Able to dedicate up to two (2) years for dedicated research experience

Scientific Mentors

Injury Pathway

Critical Care Pathway

How to Apply

Email Dr. Patel ( and CIBS Program Manager Heather White ( with Subject Line: T32 Application (Your Name), and attach a single .pdf file, organized in the following order:

  1. One-page cover letter of your research interests (half-page) and a statement of your career goals (half-page)
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Three letters of recommendation (one-page maximum each)
  4. Up to 3 of your past publications
  5. Up to 1 of your past grants as Principal Investigator (submitted, scored, and/or awarded)

NIH/NIGMS funded (T32GM135094). Vanderbilt University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We especially invite candidates from diverse and/or disadvantaged backgrounds, and individuals with disabilities.

More Information

For more information and/or questions, please email Dr. Patel (