Thoracic Surgery Residency Program

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Welcome. The University of Utah’s Thoracic Surgery Residency Program is collegial, flexible, and dedicated to producing well-trained, clinically adept cardiothoracic surgeons. We appreciate your interest and look forward to sharing information about our program with you.

The University of Utah Thoracic Surgery Residency program involves a two year clinical experience, the successful completion of which leads to eligibility to sit for the American Board of Thoracic Surgery examination.

About Our Program

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. The last site visit was in January 2010 and at that time the program was given the maximum five year accreditation. This accreditation process has changed to meet an annual review by individual programs under which we have maintained accreditation.

Thomas Varghese Jr, MD, MS, is the director of the thoracic residency training program; Eric Griffiths, MD, is the assistant director. Dr. Varghese is responsible for the direction and content of the residency training program as mandated by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. He is also responsible for the overall direction and supervision of the residents’ clinical, academic, and research activities.

Our Mission

The educational mission of this Thoracic Surgery Residency Program is to train surgeons to function as independent, competent, ethical practitioners of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the highest level of performance expected of a certified specialist. To meet this goal the program provides a large number of diverse adult cardiac, congenital cardiac and general thoracic operative experiences under the supervision of board certified cardiothoracic surgeons. Residents participate in the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care of patients. This supports the residents in gaining the surgical and patient care management skills leading to eligibility for American Board of Thoracic Surgery certification.