To be eligible to apply, candidates must have successfully completed five years of an ACGME-accredited general surgery residency program and be eligible for examination by the American Board of Surgery. We match three cardiothoracic track fellows and one general thoracic track per year for our three-year program. Our cardiothoracic surgery track provides a comprehensive experience in all aspects of cardiothoracic surgery, including complex aortic surgery, robotic cardiac and general thoracic surgery, heart and lung transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, and structural heart/transcatheter interventions. Our thoracic surgery track includes fifteen months of focused general thoracic/ thoracic oncology rotations at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and MD Anderson Cancer Center. Additional general thoracic oncology experience is gained during nine months of cardiothoracic rotations at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Ben Taub Hospital. Importantly, due to high case volumes, trainees in either training track can attain ABTS required numbers for both general thoracic surgery or cardiothoracic surgery training.
Our training program emphasizes the central role of the fellows in the management of cardiothoracic surgery patients with hands-on operative experience. It strives to provide training in contemporary, cutting-edge technologies, participation in research, and interaction with thought leaders in cardiothoracic surgery.