Welcome to SurgicalCriticalCare.net!

Surgicalcriticalcare.net is an online, interactive, educational resource based at the Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship programs at Orlando Regional Medical Center. It is open to any physician, nurse, respiratory therapist, medical student, or other allied healthcare provider interested in the discipline of Surgical Critical Care or Acute Care Surgery. SurgicalCriticalCare.net is designed to provide rapid access to essential information for caring for patients with critical illness.

The American Board of Surgery accredited Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Orlando Regional Medical Center has been internationally recognized since its inception in 1997. Our fellows receive state-of-the- art training in patient resuscitation and management as well as intensive care unit & trauma center administration, research, evidence-based medicine guideline development, statistical analysis, and quality improvement (including Six Sigma and LEAN methodology). Many of our fellows now direct intensive care units and trauma centers around the world.

The Acute Care Surgery Fellowship at Orlando Regional Medical Center is one of only 20 such programs accredited by the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST). The Acute Care Surgery fellowship includes rotations in acute care surgery, trauma, burns, thoracic surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, vascular surgery, orthopedic surgery, and neurological surgery. Acute Care Surgery fellows will complete the American Board of Surgery accredited Surgical Critical Care Fellowship before proceeding to the Acute Care Surgery Fellowship.


Surgicalcriticalcare.net is now on Facebook! Follow us on Facebook and receive updates when new Evidence-Based Medicine Guidelines, lectures, and videos become available.

Dr. Cheatham and his family are currently in Togo, West Africa, volunteering at Hoptial Baptiste Biblique. Click the link above to check out his daily blog to see what life as a surgeon at a mission hospital is all about!.


On Sunday, June 12th, 2016, a gunman with an assault rifle entered a night club just four blocks from Orlando Regional Medical Center, killing 49 people and injuring over 50 others. Forty-four patients were brought to ORMC.

We would like to thank the countless individuals and institutions around the world who have sent us emails and text messages of support and encouragement during this difficult time. We continue to care for the victims of this tragedy and will respond to these messages as we are able. At this time, we are focusing on the patients that remain in the hospital and their families. We are especially proud of the hard work and dedication exhibited by our surgical residents this past week!

For a first-hand description of the disaster response by the ORMC trauma surgeons, please click this link to view Scott Pelley's interview on CBS News.

Surgicalcriticalcare.net has gone mobile! Go to www.surgicalcriticalcare.net/mobile on your smartphone and link web-based applications to your phone's home page including key resuscitation checklists.

Latest EBM Guidelines

Our Evidence Based Medicine guidelines are used in intensive care units and hospitals around the world. New guidelines are written each month and existing guidelines are revised as new evidence becomes available. We encourage you to check back frequently to see the latest additions to our EBM guideline library.

New Instructional Videos

The Surgical Critical Care team at Orlando Regional Medical Center, in conjunction with the Valencia College School of Respiratory Care, has created two online videos illustrating both percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy insertion and central venous catheter insertion. Many thanks to the Valencia Productions staff for their superb work in producing these instructional videos. Watch for additional videos in the coming months.

Percutaneous tracheostomy insertion
Central venous catheter insertion

Recent publications from the department...