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Traditional Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship

Program Overview & Mission

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery offers a two-year training program following the successful completion of a general surgery residency program accredited by either the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. There are two resident positions for each year.

Since its inception, the University of Utah Thoracic Surgery Residency program has emphasized balance in exposure to all aspects of the specialty – adult and pediatric cardiac surgery, and general thoracic surgery. During the two-year time period, trainees receive an intensive exposure to all aspects of cardiothoracic surgery among the four cooperating hospitals of the University of Utah Training program. The four hospitals participating in the training program include the University of Utah Health, Salt Lake VA Health Care System (VAMC), the Intermountain Medical Center (IMC), and Primary Children’s Hospital (PCH). The Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program has been approved by the ACGME Thoracic Residency Review Committee since April 1971.

Our Vision

The future of Cardiothoracic surgical education, delivered today.

Our Mission

We provide comprehensive education to every Cardiothoracic trainee and shape the future of cardiothoracic surgical education through innovation and discovery.

Our Methods to Deliver These Are

  • A structured approach to evaluating the competency of all residents and fellows
  • Providing clinical learning environments characterized by excellence in clinical care, safety and professionalism
  • Faculty who are motivated to perform at the highest level of competency and professionalism to deliver the best in patient care and the best in cardiothoracic surgical education
  • Teaching of the fundamentals in Cardiothoracic Surgery through intentional, individualized professional development of residents and fellows to help them achieve specialty specific proficiency prior to graduation
  • Preparing Residents and Fellows to become Attendings who place the needs and well-being of patients first.


Program Director

Craig Selzman, MD, FACS

Surgical Director, Cardiac Mechanical Support and Heart Transplant

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Program Coordinator

Shawnda Gillespie

Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of Utah 30 North 1900 East, SOM 3C-127
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Phone: 801-581-4222
Fax: 801-585-3936