While residents are invited and encouraged to participate in scholarly activity such as writing manuscripts and books chapters or giving presentations throughout their training, the Thoracic Surgery Fellowship does not require trainees to take formal time out for research. However, there are still numerous opportunities for involvement in all aspects of research including clinical outcomes, quality improvement, and work with local and national clinical databases.

Almost all of our current and graduated trainees have had multiple publications accepted and presented in meetings all over the world including the annual meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, multiple meetings of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the General Thoracic Surgical Club, the Annual Congress and many other local societies.

The department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at UT Southwestern is very active in research and clinical trials and our faculty and fellows routinely collaborative with providers across the university on research and quality improvement projects. For a view of some current research projects we are currently working on, visit the Clinical Research website.