Comprehensive Training in Cardiothoracic Surgery

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship Program at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center is a two-year fellowship open to all U.S. or Canadian board eligible general or vascular surgeons. One fellow is accepted per year. The program allows for comprehensive training in adult cardiac, adult thoracic and congenital heart surgery at three adjacent facilities. UH Cleveland Medical Center is a 1,000 bed hospital located at University Circle and includes University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center is one half mile away and allows for advanced independent training for a portion of the second year of fellowship.

The program has high volumes in both adult cardiac (including heart failure and transplantation and transcatheter valve replacement) and general thoracic (including a large volume of VATS, robotic, and advanced bronchoscopic procedures), as well as solid training in congenital heart surgery.


The caseload at UH Cleveland Medical Center for the last calendar year was as follows:

Cardiac Surgery
Procedure Cases
Acquired Valvular Cases 371
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) 251
Myocardial Revascularization 262
Aortic Procedures 92
Arrhythmia Procedures 56
Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs) 21
Heart Transplant 13
Total Major Cases, excluding TAVR 815

Thoracic Surgery
Procedure Cases
Anatomic Lung Resections 117
Pleural Procedures 91
Esophagectomy 33
Major Esophagus 57
Lung Transplant 8
Total Thoracic Cases 896

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