Open Thoracic Surgery Residency and Fellowship Positions

2017 Appointment Year

Program/Institution: Cardiothoracic Fellowship: Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners
City, State: Grand Rapids, MI
Clinical Specialty: Cardiothoracic
Available Start Date: July 1, 2017
Requirements: You must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency program, or an RCPSC-accredited or CFPC-accredited residency program located in Canada.
Required Documents:
1. CV
2. Passing Step 1, Step 2 (CK and CS) and Step 3 scores/ or equivalent Comlex scores
3. ABSITE Scores
4. 3 letters of recommendation: 1 from your Program Director, 2 from Faculty
We are a newly ACGME-accredited Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship program, looking to have our first fellow start July 1, 2017.
Angela Schuett, Program Coordinator
Send applications to:
Angela Schuett
945 Ottawa Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Program/Institution: General Thoracic Surgery Fellowship, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Division/Department: Thoracic Surgery
City/State: Boston, MA
Clinical Specialty: Thoracic Surgery
Available Start Date: 7/1/2017 or 8/1/2017
Requirements: The program requires a medical degree and completion of a training program in General Surgery or Cardiothoracic Surgery. At least a limited Massachusetts medical license must be obtained. Fellows must be able to demonstrate skills in Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery in our simulation lab.
Required Documents:
1. Current CV
2. Three letters of recommendation
3. USMLE/COMLEX Step 1, 2 and 3 scores as applicable
4. Copy of current Visa/Passport/Green Card as applicable
The General Thoracic Surgery Fellowship program is a one to two year non-ACGME approved General Thoracic Surgery position focusing on general thoracic surgery procedures and patient care. It is designed to provide General Thoracic Surgery training to physicians who are trained in Cardiothoracic Surgery and seek specialized additional training in General Thoracic Surgery, to those who are applying to attend an accredited residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery and want additional experience in General Thoracic Surgery, and to international fellows who are seeking training in General Thoracic Surgery.

There are eighteen general thoracic surgeons staffing the Division of Thoracic Surgery at BWH who perform over 3,000 procedures each academic year. Fellows work alongside residents enrolled in the accredited Thoracic Surgery program at the BWH and actively participate in all educational conferences and activities. There is also an opportunity for clinical research.  We use an apprenticeship model whereby each fellow is assigned to a surgeon and spends one to two months working with each of them primarily. The fellow is the primary resident with the assigned surgeon so that there is no competition with the accredited residents.  As this is one of the busiest Thoracic Surgery programs in the country, the case volume is more than sufficient to accommodate all residents and fellows. In addition, fellows also have the opportunity to rotate at the VA Medical Center in West Roxbury, MA where the fellow is able to complete cases more independently.

We have one of the largest practices of esophageal cases with nearly 200 laparoscopic fundoplication per year (including lap nissens, redo nissens, Collis gastroplasty, heller myotomy, giant paraesophageal hernias, diverticular diseases, etc.).   We also perform over 100 esophagectomy cases a year (mostly minimally invasive and robotic Ivor Lewis and modified McKweon in addition to various open cases).

We perform over 150 lobectomies and segmentectomies per year, many using complete minimally invasive techniques, in addition to the over 250 video thoracoscopic lung resections and other miscellaneous video thoracoscopic cases such as sympatectomies, thymectomies, resection of all types of mediastinal and pleural masses etc.

We perform robotic surgery for lung and esophagus, and endoscopic therapies like POEM.  We also perform hundreds of therapeutic and diagnostic endoscopies and bronchoscopies using EUS, EBUS, laser, PDT and stents.

Surgeons on our staff have trained in many institutions and bring multiple techniques to their students so that fellows are exposed to a variety of approaches and techniques. The staff is committed to developing the most proficient academic and clinical Thoracic Surgeons and leaders in the field.

Sasha Smith, Program Coordinator
Phone: 617-525-9385
Fax: 617-730-2898
Send applications to:
Sasha Smith
General Thoracic Surgery Fellowship, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Division of Thoracic Surgery
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Program/Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Division/Department: Anesthesiology and Critical Care
City, State: Philadelphia, PA
Clinical Specialty: Critical Care Medicine – Cardiovascular Path (12 months)
Available Start Date: July 1, 2017
Requirements: Eligibility for fellowship training in the primary specialties of Anesthesia, General Surgery, and Cardiothoracic Surgery
Required Documents:
1. Personal Statement
2. Three (3) letters of recommendation
3. Updated CV
4. Passport sized photo
5. USMLE Scores (copy)/Dean’s letter and medial school transcript (copy)
The Anesthesia Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania has designed a track dedicated to prepare clinicians for a career in Cardiac and Vascular Critical Care Medicine.  With the ever increasing number, acuity, and comorbidities of patients undergoing high-risk cardiovascular surgery, there is a need to accommodate the demand for highly trained clinicians and for experts in this particular field of Critical Care. For these reasons, we now offer an additional fellowship track with a special focus on Cardiothoracic Critical Care Medicine. The track will be accessible to diverse physicians who are based in the primary specialties of Anesthesia or Surgery and are eligible for fellowship training.

This track is designed to maximally expose fellows to the field of cardiothoracic critical care, as well as the perioperative cardiothoracic arena. The critical care service operates the Heart and Vascular ICU under a semiclosed-unit model and manages critically ill cardiovascular surgery patients. Here, the fellows will spend a minimum of 8 months and learn to manage a wide variety of cases, with an emphasis on high risk procedures, cardiac assist devices, extracorporeal assist, and up to the artificial heart. The fellows will also learn to manage a large volume of heart and lung transplant patients. In addition to the core rotations in the Cardiac ICU, the fellows will rotate through the Trauma and General Surgery units. Electives in the neuro-critical care, cardiology, and heart failure services are available. All fellows will rotate with the echocardiography service and , throughout the year, they will become proficient in cardiac, lung, and vascular ultrasound. Opportunities for clinical research in both the critically ill and adult cardiothoracic perioperative practice will be available.

Maurizio Cereda, MD
Fellowship Program Director

Send applications to:
Jemilla Slaffey, Fellowship Program Coordinator
Anesthesiology and Critical Care/University of Pennsylvania
Critical Care Medicine
3400 Spruce Street, 6th Floor Dulles
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215-662-7832

Program/Institution: University of Rochester
Division/Department: Cardiac Surgery
City, State: Rochester, NY

The University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, Cardiac Surgery Research Fellowship Program provides a one or two year funded opportunity for research in a highly innovative academic setting in collaboration with industry partnership.  Candidates have the opportunity to participate in the development and evaluation of novel minimally invasive cardiac devices, procedures and teaching models, currently focusing on aortic and mitral valve repair and replacement. Research fellows are mentored by an expert minimally invasive cardiac surgeon in a dynamic, growing university-based cardiac surgery training program. Researchers also interact with, support and provide a surgical perspective to medical device designers and engineers in a range of research settings including in-vivo animal and cadaver surgical models. Furthermore, there are opportunities to support clinical trials involving new surgical technology (e.g., automated mitral valve repair.)

In addition, research fellows can develop clinical projects at this quaternary referral center covering diverse contemporary topics including general adult cardiac surgery, mechanical circulatory support and arrhythmia surgery, as well as topics potentially tailored to the individual fellow’s academic interest. Researchers have access to medical students and administrative information managers to help with acquisition and analysis of data.  Fellows gain experience and skill in the design, execution and sharing of meaningful non-clinical and clinical projects.

This research fellowship affords the individual the opportunity to submit abstracts for peer-review poster and/or oral presentations at national and international cardiac conferences. Manuscript publication in highly respected journals is strongly encouraged. Over the past five years, a succession of six research fellows have been authors on over 30 posters, oral presentations, and publications (including: ANNALS, INNOVATIONS, CVRI, EACTS, ISMICS, STS) and have traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe as part of their research and professional development.

Eligibility Requirements
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, their CV, and 2 letters of recommendation to Peter Knight, MD ( before March 15, 2017.

If the applicant is currently enrolled in a surgical training program, a letter from the applicant’s program director should be provided. Basic surgical skills are also required.

All other inquiries regarding this research position can be directed by email to Rachel Zapata-Bermudez (

Program/Institution: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Division/Dept.: Division of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery
City/State: Baltimore, MD

The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Division of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery have an opening in their CT surgery residency program for a second year resident in good standing starting July/August 2017.  The Johns Hopkins Hospital has a long standing history of training academic surgeons in adult cardiac and congenital surgery, complex aortic and valvular procedures, TAVR, mechanical circulatory support, heart and lung transplantation, and general thoracic surgery.  Under the direction of established educational leaders Drs. Jennifer Lawton (Cardiac Division chief), Richard Battafarano (Thoracic Division chief) and Robert S.D. Higgins (Director of Surgery and Program director) in concert with the faculty and staff of the cardiothoracic surgery training program, our mission is to provide the best patient care by fostering innovation, encouraging scientific inquiry, and promoting an outstanding educational environment.  The program has received continued accreditation from the Residency Review Committee of the ACGME in its most recent review 2017.

Qualified applicants should forward a curriculum vitae to the attention of the program leadership through:

Donna Riley, Residency Program Coordinator
Phone: (410) 955-2979, ext. 3

Please contact programs directly to determine if any open positions are available.

A complete list of accredited U.S. thoracic surgery residency programs can be found on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education website. Follow the steps below to link to current information.

1. Visit ACGME’s public website at

2. Select List of Programs by Specialty.

3. Select Run Report.

4. Click view programs.