The residency program in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the
University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston utilizes the
University Hospitals of the Medical Branch, with all patients cared for
by a single cardiothoracic surgical service which delivers the
preoperative, operative and all postoperative care for adult cardiac and
general thoracic patients. The two-year Cardiovascular and Thoracic
Surgery Program meets the requirements of accreditation by the American
Board of Thoracic Surgery.
During the first year of training the resident learns the principles
of managing patients with thoracic and cardiac disease through active
participation in their care, both in and out of the operating room. A
broad exposure and excellent operative experience is provided in
acquired heart disease and pulmonary and esophageal surgery. The
residents will be exposed to VATS lobectomy, minimally invasive
esophagectomy, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), transplant
and other facets of cardiothoracic surgery.
Residents will spend 2 months during their second year at Driscoll
Children’s Hospital, an extremely busy children’s hospital led by Dr.
Ross Ungerleider. Dr. Ungerleider is one of the national leaders in
congenital cardiothoracic surgery and has focused much of his career on
During the second year of training, the resident will refine
operative techniques, especially in cardiac surgery and assume more
independent responsibility for general thoracic procedures and
perioperative care. Graduating residents have established successful
careers in private practice and academic settings.
Postgraduate Year Six of Surgery
Applicants should apply through the ERAS system at: http://www.aamc.org/
For more information about our program, direct inquiries to:
Ikenna Okereke, MD (email@example.com)
Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship Program
The University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-0528