UC San Diego's Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Residency program is designed to train leaders in CT surgery. Our program is directed by Dr. Patricia Thistlethwaite under the leadership of our Chief, Dr. Michael Madani who is an internationally recognized leader in cardiothoracic surgery. The faculty has extensive experience in all aspects of the specialty, including valvular repair, cardiothoracic transplantation, pulmonary thromboendarterectomy and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. The cardiothoracic transplantation program, established in 1989, includes heart, combined heart-lung, single lung and double lung transplantation. We have the busiest lung transplantation program west of the Mississippi, and the most successful in the world.
Equal periods of time are spent at the UC San Diego Medical Center, and at the La Jolla VA Medical Center. At each hospital, the cardiothoracic resident assumes chief resident responsibility, supervising general surgery residents in pre-operative and post-operative care. Over the two years of training, the cardiothoracic surgery residents achieve increasing levels of surgical experience and independence. In addition to carefully structured clinical time, weekly conferences are held in adult and pediatric cardiac surgery, pulmonary surgery, and transplantation. There is a weekly session specifically devoted to resident education and review of the thoracic surgery curriculum. The members of our faculty have a strong commitment to teaching and are dedicated to maintaining an excellent training program.
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