UPMC Two-Year Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship Program

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UPMC's two-year cardiothoracic surgery fellowship program is for those who have successfully completed an accredited general surgery residency.

We also offer a six-year cardiothoracic surgery residency for candidates directly out of medical school.


This program includes on fellow per year in the cardiac track and one per year in the thoracic track, for a total of four residents.

Cardiac Track

Cardiac track residents complete the following during their two-year training stream:
  • 16 adult cardiac rotations
  • 2 pediatric cardiac rotations
  • 8 general thoracic rotations

Thoracic Track

Thoracic track residents complete the following during their two-year training stream:

  • 18 general thoracic rotations
  • 7 adult cardiac rotations
  • 1 pediatric cardiac rotation

Cardiothoracic Surgery Training

During training, fellows receive exposure to:

  • Index operations
  • Aortic surgery
  • Aortic valve surgery
  • Congenital heart disease procedures
  • Acquired pediatric heart disease procedure
  • Mitral valve surgery
  • Coronary artery bypass graft surgery
  • Ventricular assist device implantation
  • Heart and lung transplant
  • Extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation and cardiopulmonary bypass
  • Nissen fundoplication
  • Esophagectomy
  • Lobectomy
  • Endoscopic interventions
  • Robotic-assisted thoracic surgery
  • Complex re-do surgery

How to Apply to the Two-Year CT Surgery Fellowship Program

Applications are accepted 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 Two Year Residents:

  • James Ackerman, MD
  • Kojo Agyabend-Dadzie, MD
  • Navid Ajabshir, MD
  • Evan Alicuben, MD
  • Allison Davila, MD
  • Irsa Hasan, MD
  • Renee Levesque, MD
  • Takuya Ogami, MD