Education & Training

group of Fellows with program director and department chair in Thoracic Surgery department
Thoracic Surgery Fellows, Program Director and Department Chairman

Fellowship Program

The UT Southwestern Thoracic Surgery Fellowship program is a three-year program that provides trainees with a well rounded and balanced structure of clinical training, education and research opportunities. Our program accepts two fellows per year for a total of 6 approved positions.

Rotations during the three years of training include echo/perfusion, heart and lung transplantation, and surgical services at Parkland Health & Hospital SystemVA North Texas Health Care SystemChildren's Health, and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

aortic root lab
Aortic root lab
Dr. vanWagenberg in an aortic root lab

Research/Special Education Opportunities

Our department is fully committed to the academic development of our fellows, and strongly encourages involvement in research during clinical training. Current fellows collaborate among themselves and with faculty and staff in a wide array of research areas spanning the entire spectrum of cardiothoracic surgery. All thoracic surgery fellows are required to complete scholarly activity on a project of their choosing during their training. Additionally, all fellows are strongly encouraged to participate in ongoing faculty research, independent or collaborative research and clinical trials involvement. Fellows are encouraged to present and attend national and international meetings.


There are numerous scheduled conferences during the course of your training, including rounds on the surgical services, weekly m&m conference, simulation labs, mock oral boards and didactic conferences. Our curriculum is based on the ACGME milestones and additional goals identified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.