The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine ranks among the top medical schools in the United States. The school's innovative curriculum features intensive hands-on training through a partnership with UPMC. This, combined with the disciplined focus of the University, represents one characteristic that sets our cardiothoracic surgery residency and fellowship programs apart from others.
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Department of Cardiothoracic surgery maintains some of the most active and multifaceted residency and fellowship programs in the country.
Top-Notch Training for Future Cardiothoracic Surgeons
For those interested in pursuing cardiothoracic surgery, we offer two different residency tracks, as well as a variety of advanced fellowship programs.
- Two-Year Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program — for candidates who have successfully completed an ACGME accredited five-year general surgery residency. The program includes two cardiac track positions and two thoracic track positions each year for a total of eight residents. Application deadline: January 31.
- Six-Year Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program — for candidates directly out of medical school. This program includes one cardiac track and one thoracic track position each year for a total complement of 12 residents. Application deadline: December 30.
Advanced Fellowship Programs
- 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.
- Advanced Adult 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.
- Minimally Invasive 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.
How to Apply to the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency and Fellowship Programs
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine accepts applications through the ERAS® (Electronic Residency Application Service) website.
Please note that applicants must apply by:
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.
Christine Regan Carey
Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency and Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Suite C800
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213