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Cardiothoracic Transplant Fellowship

The cardiothoracic transplant fellows participate in and support UPMC's transplant and assist-device programs.

Successful candidates will have satisfactorily completed cardiothoracic training, or — at the least — completed an accredited general surgery training program. However, we occasionally make exceptions for the right candidate.

The fellowship typically lasts one year (July through June), but the stated one-year duration is flexible. Instructors may adjust the timing and scope as necessary to provide trainees with the best and most thorough training possible.

Hands-on Cardiothoracic Transplant Training

The CT transplant fellowship provides in-depth exposure and experiential training on all aspects of:

  • Lung transplantation
  • Heart transplantation
  • Heart and lung transplantation
  • Cardiac-assist device implantation
  • Surgical therapies for end-stage heart failure
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation

The program also provides exposure and training in the following related areas:

  • Pre-transplant patient selection
  • Intra-operative patient management and techniques
  • Post transplant patient management
  • Multi-organ donor procurement
  • Outcomes research related to organ failure and transplantation

Requirements of the Cardiothoracic Transplant Fellowship

Fellows in the CT transplant program:

  • Must actively participate in all areas of the program and receive supervised graded responsibility as their knowledge and experience grows.
  • Must meet all UNOS requirements for heart transplantation and lung certification.
  • Should participate in related clinical and research efforts.
  • Can participate in standard adult cardiac surgery cases, in addition to cases involving surgical treatment of heart failure.

About UPMC's Cardiothoracic Transplant Program

The Cardiothoracic Transplant Program at UPMC is one of the largest and most experienced in the world.

  • The Lung Transplant Program's surgeons in 2012 performed 100 or more lung and combined heart-lung transplants, making our program stand out as one of the most active programs around the globe.
  • The Heart Transplant Program also ranks among the most active in the nation with over 1,300 heart transplants and more than 700 ventricular-assist device implantation procedures performed to date.

These programs enjoy international recognition and include extensive clinical and research efforts.

How to Apply to the Cardiothoracic Transplant Fellowship

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine accepts applications through the ERAS® (Electronic Residency Application Service) Fellowships website.

Please visit the ERAS site to learn more about application requirements, fees, and other details.

Or contact:

Christine Regan Carey
Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency and Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: 412-648-6359
Fax: 412-647-0754


UPMC Presbyterian
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Suite C800
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


To Apply:
Visit the ERAS® (Electronic Residency Application Service) Fellowships website for application requirements, contact information, and other details.

Or contact Christine Regan Carey, Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency and Fellowship Coordinator:

Current CT Transplant Fellows:

  • Takashi Harano, MD
  • Sebastian Iturra, MD
  • Samuel Jacob, MD
  • Haroshi Kagawa, MD

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