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The Cardiac Surgery Residency Program has facilities located across Johns Hopkins Medicine, including:

Training Laboratories

The Cardiac Surgery Research Laboratory is located in the Children's Medical and Surgical Center of The Johns Hopkins University at the East Baltimore Campus in Baltimore, Maryland. The lab consists of two surgical suites, one for sterile, chronic procedures and another for acute studies. The labs are equipped to do cardio-pulmonary bypass procedures with continuous intensive care monitoring and data collection.

The Cardiac Surgery Skills Laboratory (CSSL)

The CSSL training laboratory is a new addition to the Johns Hopkins cardiac surgery training program. The CSSL was established in 2009 under the direction of our former Chief of Cardiac Surgery, Dr. William Baumgartner, for the purpose of skills training for incoming and current cardiothoracic residents. It is adjacent to the Cardiac Surgery Research Laboratory. The CSSL incorporates state of the art surgical models by The Chamberlain Group, Inc., as well as porcine hearts and vein grafts for training on coronary artery anastamoses and aortic and venous cannulation. What is truly unique about the CSSL is the teacher himself, Dr. Baumgartner who generously dedicates time to training residents in the lab; giving trainees access to a master cardiac surgeon for instruction on basic and essential cardiac surgical techniques in a low-stress environment.

Skills taught with the Chamberlain models and porcine hearts include:

  • Cardiac anatomy and anomalies
  • Aortic and venous cannulation
  • Coronary anastomosis
  • Aortic valve replacement
  • Mitral valve repair/replacement

Minimally Invasive Surgical Training Center (MISTC)

Known as the Johns Hopkins/United States Surgical Minimally Invasive Surgical Training Center (MISTC), the facility features two laboratory training areas with a total of nine operating tables, a state-of-the-art conference room with seating for 35, locker rooms and office space. Robotic surgery may be performed in either suite. Faculty and trainers standing at the conference room's podium can view and discuss operations conducted in the next room. Telemedicine capabilities will allow lectures to be broadcast anywhere in the world and permit physicians to direct operations in distant locations.

The center, launched February 6, 2002 with $3.5 million in funding from U.S. Surgical and equipment donations from Stryker Communi-cations and Steris Corp., offers spe-cialists at Hopkins and elsewhere a place to practice minimally invasive surgeries on animate and inanimate models and mannequins. It also provides a venue for surgical and medical device companies to test new instruments.

MISTC serves as a home base for continuing medical education courses for Hopkins residents and faculty.

The center occupies renovated space most famously inhabited in the 1940s by the late Hopkins surgeon in chief, Alfred Blalock. Dr. Blalock spent hundreds of hours there, rehearsing the operation that was the first to successfully repair the hearts of "blue babies," so named because their congenital heart defects left them blue from lack of oxygen.