Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship

Program Overview

Epidural - Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship

The Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship at UCLA is a one-year program that is offered to interested graduating anesthesia residents, board-eligible anesthesiologists, and board-certified anesthesiologists.

As integral members of the obstetric anesthesia team, fellows train in several different hospital settings and see a variety of maternal and fetal high-risk deliveries. One of the main objectives of the obstetric anesthesia fellowship is to provide a foundation for effective collaboration in a multidisciplinary obstetric setting. Fellows are active participants in evaluating high-risk obstetric patients and implementing an appropriate anesthetic plan. Two-week clinical fellowship rotations in maternal-fetal medicine and the neonatal intensive care unit allow fellows to acquire the clinical expertise that is essential for management of complex obstetric patients in a multidisciplinary environment.

Education for clinical fellows includes formal didactics, journal club, and simulation courses. Clinical teaching takes place at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, one of our affiliated teaching hospitals. It is strongly encouraged that fellows become involved in clinical or basic science research that is facilitated through teaching faculty, and non-clinical time will be included to allow for such endeavors.

Applicants must be able to obtain a California medical license prior to starting. The fellowship is structured to match the format and requirements for an ACGME-accredited obstetric fellowship program.

For additional information, please contact the Fellowship Coordinator, Lucine Torosian, either by phone at (310) 267-8653 or via email at [email protected].

See also: Application Process


2020 - 2021 Fellow Profile

Krista Cascia and family in Zion UT

Krista Cascia, MD

Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA
Undergraduate: Georgetown University, BS Foreign Service, International Economics with Concentration in International Finance and Commerce; University of Southern California, Premedical Post-Baccalaureate Program
Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Residency: Anesthesiology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Why I chose UCLA: Over 4 years of residency, UCLA really became my second family. There is wonderful comradery amongst the residents/fellows and the attending faculty are amazing teachers and mentors. UCLA gave me the opportunity to subspecialize in what Ilove AND support me as I transition to attending in the main OR. Why wouldn't I stay? 

Dr. Krista Cascia’s lifetime goal is to visit all the US National Parks, as she finds great joy in camping and hiking. A notable accomplishment is her successful completion of the challenging hike to Half Dome at Yosemite! Dr. Cascia is married to Andrew Hardison and has a daughter, Johanna. She loves coffee and fancy cocktails, enjoys hiking, camping, and relaxing at the beach, is working at developing a garden, and is interested in health and fitness.

Photo: Dr. Cascia and her family in Zion, UT