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. 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 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.