Program Details

Two Year program

Year 1 is Cardiac/Thoracic/Congenital Rotations are at University of Utah Health, IMC, PCMC, VAMC

Year 2 is Cardiac/Thoracic Rotations are at U of U Health, IMC, VAMC

What to Expect

  • Progressive increase in responsibility
  • Progressive increase in operative experience as primary surgeon
  • Opportunities for time in cardiac cath lab
  • All University of Utah thoracic surgery residents who have taken the American Board of Thoracic Surgery certifying examination have been certified. Their performance on this examination has been consistently excellent.

Cardiovascular Surgery

  • Surgery for Connective Tissue Disorders including Marfan syndrome
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
  • TMR
  • Valve repair/replacement
  • Minimally invasive cardiac surgery
  • Surgery for atrial fibrillation (MAZE)
  • Surgery for heart failure
    • Ventricular restoration procedures
    • LVADs for permanent implantation
    • ECMO
    • Heart transplantation
    • Heart & Lung transplantation
  • Adult congenital procedures
  • Valve-sparing aortic root procedures
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Endovascular thoracic aortic repair (TEVAR)
  • Outcomes research

General Thoracic Surgery

  • Medical Knowledge: 
    • Benign and Malignant Disease of the Lungs, Esophagus, Chest Wall, Pleura and Mediastinum; Lung Transplantation
  • Technical Skills:
    • Esophagus: Endoscopy, Open and Minimally Invasive Motility Operations, Esophageal Resections, Stenting and Repair of Esophageal Perforations
    • Lung: Bronchoscopy, Mediastinoscopy, Open and Video-assisted Thoracoscopic Lung Resections
    • Chest Wall/ Pleura/ Mediastinum: Common bedside procedures, Open and VATS procedures for pleural and mediastinal disorders, Chest Wall Resection, Chest Wall Reconstruction
    • Lung Transplantation
  • Basics of Clinical Trial Participation
    • Database
    • NSQIP
    • STS General Thoracic Database

Congenital Surgery

  • ASD/VSD repairs
  • PDA
  • Coarctation of the aorta repair
  • Tetralogy of Fallot repair
  • Transposition of the great vessels
  • Tricuspid atresia
  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Tricuspid atresia
  • Total anomalous pulmonary venous return (TAPVR) correction
  • Hypoplastic left heart repair
  • Heart Transplant
  • LVAD