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The adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellowship program provides advanced education and clinical experience at the CA-4 level in providing care for patients undergoing invasive and minimally invasive surgical procedures of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. Candidates will have successfully completed anesthesiology training at an ACGME accredited residency program. One of the main goals of the program is for our fellows to successfully complete the requirements for certification in Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE), including passage of the PTEeXAM.

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Educational Program

The basic curriculum centers on adult patients with cardiac, pulmonary, and vascular disease. Fellows will spend 6 months providing anesthesia for cardiac surgery at MCV Hospital, two months in clinical echocardiography, one month in thoracic surgery, one month in critical care, and two months of electives choosing from pediatric cardiothoracic anesthesiology, cardiac catheterization and interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, extracorporeal perfusion, interventional pulmonology, medical or surgical critical care, or research. Didactics include echocardiography conferences, journal clubs, grand rounds, quality improvement conferences, and cardiothoracic case conferences. Research is strongly encouraged. Fellows are provided regular and consistent evaluations by the faculty.

The program supports two fellows per year. The strength of the program is in the large number, diversity, and complexity of surgical procedures. Included in the more than 1000 surgical procedures per year, will be cardiac transplantation, total artificial heart, TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation), major vascular interventional, ventricular assist device placement, thoracoscopic and interventional pulmonary procedures, “off-pump” revascularization, and minimally invasive procedures. To contact us 


The division includes seven full-time faculty with subspecialty experience including fellowship training or its equivalence in cardiothoracic anesthesiology. Five of the faculty are board certified in Perioperative TEE by the National Board of Echocardiography. In addition, or fellows are instructed by faculty in critical care, cardiology, cardiac surgery, and thoracic surgery, and by our perfusionists.



All applications for the cardiothoracic fellowship are taken through the San Francisco Match website

Fellowship Curriculum Information

Salary:  CA-4 level including an educational allowance

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