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Cardiothoracic Residency Program

Overview

Tufts Medical Center, the primary teaching hospital of the Tufts University School of Medicine, offers a two-year residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery that is accredited by the ACGME. The program accepts one resident per year. All individuals who have completed the program have successfully passed the examination of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Clinical Opportunities

Operative experience with a robust case mix

Clinical rotations include 12 nonconsecutive months spent at Tufts Medical Center which offers the resident exposure to approximately 600 open heart operations a year as well as 300 thoracic cases. There is one cardiac surgery service that cares for patients undergoing adult and pediatric cardiac procedures and the general thoracic surgery service which is responsible for the care and management of patients with non-cardiac thoracic pathologies.

The clinical experience received is designed to provide a graded responsibility with each resident functioning as Chief of the service, conducting patient rounds with a team of physician assistants, general surgical residents, and medical students from Tufts University School of Medicine. Review of the operative experience of our recent residents has shown that they well exceed all requirements of the ABTS, establishing them as technically proficient surgeons capable of independent operating upon completion of the program.

Cardiac surgery experience

The cardiac surgery service provides exposure to all adult cardiac procedures including complex coronary artery revascularization, valve repair and replacement, arrhythmia surgery, thoracic aortic surgery, advanced heart failure procedures, cardiac transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, and minimally invasive techniques.

Thoracic surgery experience

The general thoracic surgery training is provided through a wide variety of routine and complex pulmonary and esophageal cases for the treatment of both benign and malignant conditions. This experience includes the use of minimally invasive anatomic pulmonary resections and esophagectomies.

Life as a Resident

As a program that accepts only one cardiothoracic resident each year, Tufts Medical Center offers an environment that is intimate and personalized, where residents and fellows are mentored to find and develop their passions in the field of medicine. This setting lets our physicians-in-training collaborate directly with our energetic, experienced and engaged full-time faculty who truly love to teach.

Our faculty and staff welcome each resident and fellow into our Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children family. Our relationships with Tufts University, Tufts University School of Medicine, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, our clinical affiliates and our referring physician network (NEQCA) creates a huge network of faculty, employees and alumni who are eager to help trainees along the way.

Conferences + Lectures

Educational conferences are considered to be an essential component of surgical training. There is a full schedule of weekly didactic teaching conferences that review systematically all aspects of cardiothoracic surgery.

In addition, the thoracic resident is expected to organize a weekly conference including morbidity and mortality, journal club, pulmonary conferences, and other topics of interest. A biweekly pediatric cardiac surgery conference, alternating with a conference reviewing upcoming thoracic cases, rounds out the educational sessions. The resident is expected to attend cardiac and thoracic outpatient clinics as a part of their collective training experience.

Schedule + Benefits

The cardiothoracic resident takes call from home for the designated service and/or institution they are assigned to during the week and every other weekend for all services and/or institutions. Although they are not required to take in-house call, they are responsible for covering emergency surgery and participating in the care of critically ill patients.

Our program is dedicated to upholding the standards set by the Residency Review Committee and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education with regards to resident work hours.

Trainees are permitted three weeks of vacation per year. Each resident will also attend one national meeting per year at the Division's expense. The Division will also support additional meeting attendance for abstract or research presentations. Participation in clinical research projects is highly encouraged, but not mandatory. Remuneration is at the standard level for 6th and 7th post-graduate years in this institution.

Faculty

The faculty consists of cardiac surgeons and general thoracic surgeons at Tufts Medical Center. The faculty is dedicated to the teaching and training of residents in order to graduate outstanding technical surgeons as well as compassionate physicians with excellent skills in patient care. All of the faculty participate in the teaching, evaluation, and professional development of the residents.

Frederick Y. Chen, MD, PhD, Chief, Cardiac Surgery; Visiting Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine, Surgery, CardioVascular Center, Cardiac Surgery

Specialties: Surgical treatment of acquire heart disease, surgical repair of valvular heart disease, minimally invasive surgery, arrhythmia surgery, heart transplantation, circulatory assist devices

Dennis Mello, MD, Director, Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine , Surgery, CardioVascular Center, Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Specialties: Single ventricle surgery, low birth weight neonatal cardiac surgery, transposition surgery

Hassan Rastegar, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine Surgery, CardioVascular Center, Cardiac Surgery

Specialties: Surgical treatment of acquired heart disease, surgical repair of valvular heart disease, surgical repair of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, minimally invasive surgery, arrhythmia surgery, heart transplantation, circulatory assist devices

Kenneth G. Warner, MD, Program Director, Senior Cardiothoracic Surgeon; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine, Surgery, CardioVascular Center, Cardiac Surgery

Specialties: Surgical management of adult and pediatric heart disease, heart transplantation

Yong Zhan, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine

Surgery, CardioVascular Center, Cardiac Surgery

Specialties: Surgical treatment of acquired heart disease, surgical repair of valvular heart disease minimally invasive surgery, arrhythmia surgery, heart transplantation, circulatory assist devices

Laurence Brinckerhoff, MD, Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery 

Specialties: Thoracic surgical oncology, minimally invasive surgery, clinical trials, tumor immunology

How to Apply

If you have general or specific questions about the program, please feel free to e-mail the Program Director, Dr. Kenneth Warner. To apply please access the universal application through ERAS. Contact Annette Cerulli by e-mail or phone, 617-636-5891, for additional pre-application information.

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