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Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery Education Cardiothoracic Surgery Medical Student Training

Cardiothoracic Surgery Medical Student Training

The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery offers medical students at NYU Grossman School of Medicine several educational opportunities and a club for those interested in cardiothoracic surgery and general thoracic surgery. Our hope is to provide the highest quality introductory training to these surgical specialties and to create a community that supports tomorrow’s cardiothoracic and thoracic surgeons.

Cardiothoracic Elective Rotations

We offer third-year medical students elective rotations in cardiothoracic surgery and general thoracic surgery. Students spend time on the cardiothoracic surgery service or the thoracic surgery service in two distinct settings—Kimmel Pavilion and NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue.

For the cardiothoracic surgery elective, you explore a range of adult cardiac surgery under the guidance of elective rotation preceptors Deane E. Smith, MD, at Kimmel Pavilion, and Jorge M. Balaguer, MD, at Bellevue.

The general thoracic surgery elective covers the full spectrum of surgical procedures to treat benign and malignant diseases of the lungs, esophagus, mediastinum, trachea and airway, pleura, diaphragm, and chest wall. The elective rotation preceptors are Michael D. Zervos, MD, at Kimmel Pavilion and Amie J. Kent, MD, at Bellevue.

For more information, please view the descriptions of the cardiothoracic surgery elective and general thoracic surgery elective in the NYU Grossman School of Medicine course catalog. For questions about either elective, please contact Doris Y. Revilla, the elective coordinator for both courses, at or 212-263-7427.

Cardiothoracic Surgery Club

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Club at NYU Grossman School of Medicine organizes lectures and interactive meetings for medical students on the latest clinical and research topics in the field of cardiothoracic surgery.

Our meetings offer opportunities for you to participate in these disciplines early in your medical school career and network with faculty, attending physicians, and residents who work in NYU Langone’s Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. As a club member, you may attend grand rounds and establish mentoring relationships with practicing cardiothoracic surgeons.

To learn more, including how to request an opportunity to observe or assist in clinical cardiothoracic surgery cases, access the Cardiothoracic Surgery Club page on NYU Engage (a Kerberos ID and password are required).