Cardiothoracic Surgery

The Section of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery provides comprehensive, personalized training in cardiothoracic surgery through an ACGME-accredited residency. We are an active program offering candidates experience in the full spectrum of cardiothoracic surgery services, including coronary artery and valve surgery, treatment of heart and lung failure, thoracic oncology, aortic surgery and benign thoracic diseases. Our program places a strong emphasis on minimally invasive approaches including VATS and robotics. Candidates will have exposure to both community hospital and academic medical center settings. There is a strong academic/scholarship component to the training.

We have designed a unique approach to learning that focuses on development of technical and knowledge-based competencies in addition to providing access to outstanding simulation facilities that will enhance the training experience without detracting from the clinical opportunities.

We have a three-year program that includes rotations on adult cardiac surgery and general thoracic surgery. Rotations are three months long and take place at The University of Chicago Medicine in Hyde Park, just south of downtown Chicago, and at NorthShore University Health System, Evanston Hospital Campus, located just north of downtown Chicago. The cardiac and thoracic services are separate experiences at the University of Chicago Medicine, whereas the service at Evanston Hospital provides a combined thoracic and cardiac surgery experience.

The distribution of rotations is adjusted to meet individual trainees' goals. We offer a traditional track and a thoracic track and also can focus clinical training on treatment of organ failure for trainees who desire such a career. A sample of how rotations are organized illustrates that only one fellow is on a service at a time.


Trainees have ample opportunity to attend national meetings, to participate in scholarship, to obtain off-site training, and to become involved in clinical research. Our trainees graduate with at least three to five publications authored during their training.

The University of Chicago and its medical center are affirmative action/equal opportunity employers.