Open Thoracic Surgery Residency and Fellowship Positions

2018 Appointment Year

Program/Institution: Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Division/Department: Department of Thoracic Surgery Oncology
City, State: Buffalo, NY
Clinical Specialty: Thoracic Surgical Oncology
Required Documents:
1. CV
Description: Roswell Park Cancer Institute, a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the only upstate New York facility to hold the National Cancer Center designation of “comprehensive cancer center,” is pleased to be accepting applications for its Thoracic Surgery Oncology Fellowship.  This fellowship will provide a concentrated experience to the general thoracic surgeon in the area of advanced thoracoscopic and other minimally invasive techniques as well as immersion in a center devoted entirely to oncology care.  Candidates must have the credentials to attain New York State licensure. Candidates should have either completed a cardiothoracic or general surgery residency and desirous of attaining additional expertise in thoracic oncology to prepare them for a focused practice or a formal cardiothoracic residency respectively.

The thoracic surgery service at Roswell Park Cancer Institute performs a broad spectrum of surgical procedures for both malignant and benign conditions of the lung, esophagus and mediastinum and consists of six full-time surgical faculty.  The thoracic surgical experience will focus on, but not be limited to advanced thoracoscopic (VATS) lung resection techniques, robotic assisted thoracic procedures, complex airway reconstruction, and minimally invasive esophagectomy.  There are opportunities for exposure to interventional pulmonary and pleural procedures as well. Elective rotations tailored to candidates’ interests are available during the one-year fellowship, and include focused clinical experiences in thoracic radiation oncology, imaging, pathology, and/or and interventional bronchoscopy.  Participation in approved personal or ongoing departmental laboratory or clinical research projects is required. A unique aspect of the fellowship is the opportunity for an elective international rotation to obtain experience in surgical management of infectious pulmonary disease.

Those completing this training program will be prepared to assume a prominent role in a center devoted to advanced multidisciplinary thoracic oncologic care including academic health care environments.
Contact: Mark Hennon, MD, FACS or Nancy Sikora
Send applications to:
Mark Hennon, MD, FACS, Director of Education
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Department of Thoracic Surgery Oncology
Elm & Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14263


Nancy Sikora, Education Coordinator
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Department of Thoracic Surgery Oncology
Elm & Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14263

Program/Institution: University of Washington
Division/Department: Division of CT Surgery
Program Director: Jason W. Smith, MD
City, State: Seattle, WA
Position: Acting Instructor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Available Start Date: August 2018, 12-month duration
Requirements: ABTS board eligible or certified at the time of matriculation; U.S Citizen/Greencard holder or H-1B visa holder
Required Documents:
1. Letter of Intent
2. CV
Description: Heart and Lung Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Fellowship

The University of Washington Division of CT surgery is pleased to offer a comprehensive 1 year post graduate fellowship program in Heart and Lung Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support. The goal of the program is to produce a well-balanced, qualified thoracic transplant surgeon prepared for practice in an academic or clinical setting.  The fellow will work side-by-side with experienced transplant surgeons on a daily basis and gain exposure to the full spectrum of perioperative management of both MCS patients as well as heart and lung transplant patients.

The Cardiothoracic Transplant and mechanical circulatory support fellowship will provide experiential training and in-depth exposure to all aspects of:

  • Lung transplantation
    • Including patient selection and perioperative management
  • Heart transplantation
    • Including patient selection and perioperative management
  • Heart-lung transplantation
  • Heart and Lung Donor Procurement
    • Including Ex-Vivo organ preservation
  • Heart and Lung donor evaluation and management
  • Surgical therapies/Device therapy for end-stage heart failure
    • Including Durable LVAD and Total Artificial Heart Implant
    • A variety of temporary mechanical support options
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  • Opportunities to participate in research taking place at the UWMC

Send applications to:
Justin Feezell, Program Administrator
University of Washington

Program/Institution: Montefiore Medical Center
Division/Department: Department of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery
City, State: Bronx, NY
Clinical Specialty: Thoracic Surgery Residency
Available Start Date: October 1, 2018
Requirements: Must have completed a 5 year general surgery training program and be BC/BE. Must be a US Citizen/Greencard holder or H-1B Visa holder.
Required Documents:
1. CV
2. Letter of intent
3. Two letters of recommendation
Description: The Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at Montefiore-Einstein Medical Center has an unexpected opening for its 2 year traditional ACGME thoracic surgery residency to begin Oct 1, 2018. The traditional fellowship provides an intensive experience in all aspects of adult cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery and pediatric cardiac surgery. The program performs over 1000 adult cardiac operations annually and includes training in advanced coronary revascularization, minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery, TAVR, valve repair, aortic surgery, heart transplantation, ECMO and LVAD. The thoracic surgery division is home to one of the busiest lung transplant programs in New York State. The 5 month rotation also provides extensive exposure to minimally invasive techniques, pulmonary resections and benign and malignant esophageal disease.

Applicants must have completed a 5-year general surgery training program by the time they begin the fellowship, and be Board-certified or Board-eligible. In order to be considered for this ACGME accredited position, applicants must be U.S Citizen/Greencard holders or H-1B visa holders.

Foreign medical graduates with equivalent qualifications who have completed the USMLE exams and hold a valid ECFMG certificate are also eligible to apply for consideration in a 2 year non-ACGME accredited role.
Contact: Patrice DeLeo, MBA, Director of Clinical and Business Affairs
Send applications to:
Patrice DeLeo, MBA
Director of Clinical and Business Affairs
Montefiore Medical Center
Department of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery
Fax: 718-231-7113

2019 Appointment Year

Program/Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Division/Department: Surgery
City, State: New York, NY
Clinical Specialty: Advanced Thoracic Surgical Oncology Fellowship
Available Start Date: August 1, 2019
Requirements: Applicants must have completed their training in cardiothoracic surgery by the time they begin the fellowship, and be Board-certified or Board-eligible. Foreign medical graduates with equivalent qualifications who have completed the USMLE exams and hold a valid ECFMG certificate are also eligible to apply.
Required Documents:
1. Graduate Staff Application
2. Current CV
3. Personal Statement (description of the candidate’s personal qualifications and motivation for applying to the program, as well as a detailed professional plan to return to his or her country upon completion of training).
4. Three letters of recommendation addressed to Dr. James Huang, one must be from a department chairman.
5. Clear photograph
Send applications to:
Zachary Almer, MPA
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Department of Surgery
1275 York Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Phone: 212-639-7537
Fax: 212-717-3169

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