Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program

The Program

NYU School of Medicine's Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program is a 3-year training program designed to prepare residents to independently perform minimally invasive valve surgery, surgical ventricular restoration, interventional stent graft therapy major complex thoracic surgery, multimodality therapies, minimally invasive techniques for both lung and esophageal surgery, and clinical trials. We strongly believe that cardiothoracic surgery is becoming a highly technical and diverse field and that to be leader within the field requires sub specialization.  We feel the basics of the field can be taught in two years but specialized techniques for mitral valve repair, endovascular aneurysm repair, esophageal surgery and minimally invasive thoracic surgery techniques require an additional, more focused year.

For NYU School of Medicine’s General Surgery Residents who are interested in the field of cardiothoracic surgery, we have designed a 4-3 combined track program. The resident chosen for the joint program will spend 7 months in cardiothoracic surgery and 5 months in general surgery in his/her fourth year of residency. As a chief resident in the 5th year, the resident in the joint program will spend 7 months in general surgery and 5 months in cardiothoracic surgery. The final two years will be in cardiothoracic surgery only. Please note: this program is open to residents in Program only. Residents apply for the program either late in their 2nd year or early in their 3rd year of general surgery residency

Our residents specialize in cardiothoracic (CT) surgery or thoracic surgery. One resident is accepted to each track per year.

Cardiothoracic (CT) Track

Residents develop skills in minimally invasive valve surgery, advanced valve repair surgery, catheter-based valve surgery, stent graft therapies for thoracic aneurysms, and advanced surgical therapies for heart failure.

Thoracic Track

Residents develop skills in general thoracic surgery and thoracic oncology, and acquire comprehensive training in cardiac surgery for acquired heart diseases.