UPMC Six-Year Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program

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For those just out of medical school interested in training with one of the nation’s premier cardiothoracic surgery residency programs, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine offers a six-year integrated program. The school also has a two-year cardiothoracic surgery residency for those who have completed an accredited general surgery residency.

The six-year CT residency program includes:

  • Two years of prerequisite cardiothoracic surgery clinical training
  • Four years requisite cardiothoracic surgery clinical training
  • Optional two years academic enrichment through laboratory or clinical research opportunities (great for those wishing to pursue a graduate degree in a related or ancillary field)

This curriculum provides residents with a focused background and hands-on experience in cardiothoracic surgery, including:

  • 26 months core surgical education for cardiac track
  • 25 months core surgical education in thoracic track

It allows for one resident per post-graduate year in each of the cardiac and thoracic tracks for a total complement of 12 residents.

Requisite Education and Rotations

Rotations and the associated educational requisites provide intense, in-depth exposure to those disciplines most closely related to cardiothoracic surgery.

Requisite education in:

  • Oncology
  • Transplantation
  • Basic and advanced laparoscopic surgery
  • Surgical critical care
  • Trauma management
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Adult and congenital cardiac surgery
  • Pediatric cardiology
  • Pediatric cardiac surgery
  • Adult cardiac surgery
  • General thoracic surgery

Rotations in:

  • General surgery
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Interventional radiology
  • Vascular surgery
  • Pediatric cardiology
  • Pediatric cardiac surgery
  • Adult cardiac surgery
  • General thoracic surgery

Rotations in related specialties:

  • Cardiology
  • Heart failure
  • Imaging
  • Echocardiography
  • Cath lab
  • Anesthesia
  • Radiology
  • Surgical oncology
  • And more

How to Apply to the Six-Year CT Surgery Residency Program

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

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

Or contact:

Bridget Purcell
Thoracic 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

Current Integrated Residents:

  • Syed "Faaz" Ashraf, MD
  • James Brown, MD
  • Ernest G. Chan, MD, MPH
  • Garret N. Coyan, MD, MS
  • Rachel Deitz, MD, MPH
  • Keith A. Dufendach, MD
  • Chigozirim Ekeke, MD
  • Leonid V. Emerel, MD
  • Bryant Fisher, MD
  • Nicholas R. Hess, MD
  • Mahnoor Imran, MBBS
  • Kyla D. Joubert, MD, MPH
  • Laura M. Seese, MD
  • Megan Turner, MD
  • Sarah Yousef, MD
  • Dongning Zhang, MD, MPH