Cardiothoracic Surgery


Reasons to choose Stanford's Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery:

Streamlined, Integrated Resident Curriculum

Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgical Program
Designed for medical school graduates, what makes our integrated curriculum unique is its streamlined three-part, six-year track, designed to reduce the years of training required to become a cardiovascular specialist while focusing training to the most crucial areas of the field.

Our residency program limits work hours to 80 per week and emphasizes work-life balance moreso than many competing programs.

Falk Cardiovascular Research Building
Falk Cardiovascular Research Building

Beautiful, State-of-the-Art Facilities

The activities of the Department are centered in the Falk Cardiovascular Research Building at Stanford, a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility for the academic offices and research laboratories of the Department. The clinical activities are centered at the Stanford University Hospital, the Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital, and the nearby Palo Alto Veterans Administration Medical Center, with certain rotations at affiliated hospitals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Monterey County. Many rotations emphasize cutting edge technology, such as minimally invasive techniques, simulator practice, and robotic surgery.

Dedicated and Accomplished Faculty

Adult Cardiac Surgery
General Thoracic Surgery
Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

First heart transplant, 1968
Dr. Norman Shumway (center) performs the first heart transplant in January, 1968.

A History of Excellence and Pioneering Firsts

Stanford has a history of excellence in all aspects of cardiothoracic surgery, including a series of pioneering “firsts,” such as the first heart transplant in the US, the first heart/lung transplant in the world, and one of the first left ventricular assist device (LVAD) procedures in the world. Its programs are particularly noted for work in thoracic organ transplantation and treatment of valvular, aneurysm, congenital, and ischemic heart disease, and pulmonary and mediastinal tumors.

A Legacy of Leadership

Previous Stanford trainees occupy a number of leadership positions throughout academic cardiothoracic surgery in the United States and abroad.

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Scenic, On-campus Accommodations

Stanford West Apartments
Street view of Stanford West apartments

Stanford West is a 628-unit residential community of apartments and townhomes that opened in 2001. It is University-owned and is located on the northwest side of the Stanford campus, adjacent to the San Francisquito Creek and trail. Virtually everything you need for daily living is easily accessible by bike, on foot, or on the Stanford Marguerite Shuttle. Each apartment has a one-car garage, washer-dryer, and (for a fee) direct connection to SUNet, Stanford's computer network. A beautiful community center includes a lounge, pool, fitness center, and business center. Our campus is also home to the Stanford University Golf Course, which is consistently rated one of the finest courses in the world.

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Location, Location, Location

No description of our program would be complete without emphasizing Stanford University’s prime location within the San Francisco Bay Area, an area rich in natural beauty, culture, and entertainment. Stanford’s agreeable climate makes for pleasant seasons year-round, and various nearby microclimates mean you’re never far from just about any recreational activity imaginable. From sunbathing to skiing, the Bay Area can accommodate.

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