Cardiothoracic Residency Program Overview

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Program Overview

The Cardiothoracic Residency Program offers a three-year training program following completion of a surgical residency. The first year as a junior cardiac surgery fellow is divided between adult cardiac, congenital cardiac and thoracic surgery. The second year rotations encompass thoracic and adult cardiac surgery which includes advanced surgical therapies for heart and lung failure including mechanical circulatory support devices, ECMO and transplantation. This is also the year for opportunities for elective rotations based on resident interests. The third year of the residency is spent as a chief resident in adult cardiac surgery. Residents with a strong interest in thoracic surgery will have an opportunity to spend time on the thoracic service in the third year.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has a long history of training academic surgeons, both in general and cardiothoracic surgery. Hopkins cardiac and thoracic surgery have been directed by leaders in the field starting with Dr. Alfred Blalock. The Divisions strive to maintain this heritage by fostering clinical expertise, scientific inquiry, and intellectual development - the essence of an academic surgeon. To accomplish this goal, the training program in cardiothoracic surgery provides a wealth of clinical and operative experience in a collegial atmosphere, a diverse house staff and faculty interested in teaching, and a wide variety of clinical and basic research experiences.

Program Objectives

During the course of the residency, you will be expected to complete these objectives:


Our program provides a multidisciplinary approach to education and research. Learn more about the different educational aspects of the Johns Hopkins Cardiothoracic Residency Program:

Download the Johns Hopkins Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Booklet

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