Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship Programs

The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine maintains one of the most active and multifaceted fellowship programs in the United States.

Educational programs we offer include:

  • Thoracic Surgery Fellowship — Provides experiential instruction in minimally invasive surgical techniques of the esophagus, lung, and mediastinum. Four fellows per year can participate in the program.
  • Cardiac Surgery Fellowship — Instructs and trains fellows in the necessary specialized surgical skills required for treating patients with cardiovascular system diseases. The program accepts one to three fellows each year.
  • Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship — Offers an investigational year in ventricular mechanical support and a clinical year with extensive exposure in managing congenital heart lesions, cardiopulmonary transplantation, and assist devices. In addition, fellows receive instruction in the pre- and postoperative care of children with acquired diseases of the heart and major thoracic vessels.
  • Cardiothoracic Transplant Fellowship — Includes extensive, hands-on exposure in the disciplines of lung transplantation, heart transplantation, and mechanical cardiac assist devices. Fellows also receive instruction and training in surgical therapy of end-stage heart failure. The program accepts four to five fellows per year.

Premier Training for Future Cardiothoracic Surgeons

Our Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship Programs focus on:

  • Providing professional education and state-of-the-art care for a broad spectrum of cardiothoracic and foregut diseases.
  • Producing fully trained, competent, innovative, and compassionate CT surgeons in their chosen subspecialties. Physicians from around the globe come to receive hands-on instruction at UPMC — one of the premier health care institutions in the United States.
  • Offering hands-on training, as well as research opportunities. Research represents an important component of our fellowship programs. Cardiothoracic fellows at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have published numerous papers based on the scientific research conducted at our institution in top academic journals such as the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation.

How to Apply to the Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowships

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.

Contact Us

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


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

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