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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

Cardiac surgery case volume


Procedure Cases
Heart Transplantations 13
Lung Transplantations 16

Thoracic Surgery

Procedure Cases

Lung Resections
- Lobectomy
- Segment

162 (152 VATS/RATS)

Esophagectomy 48 (40 MIE)
Major Esophagus 101 (in addition to esophagectomy)
Chest Wall 59
Pleural Procedures 120
Total Thoracic Cases 1290

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