Education & Training

Medical Student Training

The Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery offers clerkships and clinical electives to UT Southwestern Medical Center medical students interested in the field. Electives are available to medical students from other institutions as well.

A summer research program is available for medical students between the first and second year of medical school. This program is integrated with our clinical research office for a seamless transition from ideas, to institutional review and manuscript preparation. This program also allows close shadowing with members of the faculty in the clinics, hospitals, and operating room. We have had numerous presentations at regional and national meetings as well as first authorship in peer-reviewed journals.  

In addition to the internally funded program, we also have had students supported by national organizations, such as the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the American Heart Association. Visit UT Southwestern Medical School for additional information.

Residency Program

The Residency Program in Thoracic Surgery at UT Southwestern provides clinical training in adult and pediatric cardiac surgery and general thoracic surgery in a three-year tenure. Residents rotate through:

Residents participate in more than 1,700 major thoracic and cardiovascular procedures during their training. Our program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for Thoracic Surgery.

Residency History

The Thoracic Surgery Residency Training Program began at Baylor University Medical Center in the 1960s under the direction of several private thoracic surgeons. It was relocated in the early 1970s to UT Southwestern and was based at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Children’s Medical Center, and the VA Medical Center. In 1998, the Training Program expanded from a two-year to a three-year program and included both UT Southwestern University Hospitals.

Today, two cardiothoracic surgeons complete the Residency Program each academic year, and all have gone on to practice in communities throughout Texas and beyond. The Residency Training Program has consistently received full accreditation from the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee for Thoracic Surgery.

Fellowship Program

We offer a one-year Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship. Fellows participate in the pre-operative assessment, intra-operative management, and post-operative care of infants and children with a wide variety of complex congenital cardiac surgical conditions.

Other Opportunities

Participation in surgical research is available to surgical residents through investigators in the Department. This training is outside of the standard residency program.