Vanessa Nomellini, M.D., Ph.D.

Vanessa Nomellini, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Surgery - Burn, Trauma, Acute and Critical Care Surgery
  • Chronic Critical Illness
  • Critical Care Surgery


Vanessa Nomellini, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in trauma and critical care surgery, immune dysfunction after injury and sepsis, and chronic critical illness.

Dr. Nomellini earned her medical degree at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, where she also earned a doctorate in molecular and cellular biochemistry. She completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and received advanced training in surgical critical care through a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care, Dr. Nomellini joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2022. She is the former Medical Director of the Multidisciplinary ICU Recovery Program at the University of Cincinnati. She also previously served as Medical Director of the Trauma Survivor Network in Southern Ohio.

At UT Southwestern, Dr. Nomellini is the Research Director of the Division of Burn, Trauma, Acute, and Critical Care Surgery and the Co-Director of the Center for Organogenesis Research and Trauma.

She is a member of a wide range of professional societies, including the American Burn Association, the Association for Academic Surgery, the Society of University Surgeons, and the Shock Society, for which she co-chairs the Preparedness Committee.

She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Surgical Research and Critical Care Explorations.

Dr. Nomellini has been invited to present lectures throughout the country and has published copious peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and research reports. Her recent publications include a contribution to The Trauma Manual: Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.

Education & Training
  • Medical School - Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (2006-2010)
  • Residency - University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (2010-2015), General Surgery
  • Fellowship - University of Pennsylvania Health System (2015-2016), Surgical Critical Care
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Burn Association
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • Central Surgical Association
  • Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma
  • Shock Society
  • Society of University Surgeons
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Surgical Biology Club
Honors & Awards
  • Inductee 2020, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons 2018
  • Rhoads 5 Fellow of the Year 2016, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Penn Presbyterian Trauma Surgical ICU Fellow of the Year 2016, University of Pennsylvania
  • Emergency Medicine Trauma Award 2014, University of Wisconsin
  • Highest Junior Exam Score, American Board of Surgery In-Service Training Exam 2011, University of Wisconsin
  • Travel Award 2007, Meeting of the Society for Leukocyte Biology
Books & Publications
  • Chronic critical illness
  • Utilizing immune phenotypes to prevent chronic critical illness
  • Immune dysfunction in trauma, burns, and sepsis

Clinical Focus

  • Chronic Critical Illness
  • Critical Care Surgery
  • Immune Dysfunction after Injury and Sepsis
  • Trauma Surgery

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