Cardiothoracic Surgery


Stanford has always been recognized as a program devoted to the education of cardiothoracic surgical residents.

Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgical Program

For medical school graduates, we offer the new and innovative Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgical Program.

Reasons why Stanford's Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgical Program is unique:

Our program meets the needs of tomorrow’s CT surgeon in less time.
This program can be completed in less time than the current training paradigm that requires completion of general surgical training prior to commencing a two- to three-year cardiothoracic surgical residency. Despite the fact that six years of post-graduate residency specialty training still represents a major time investment, having the entire residency dedicated to what the trainees will be doing for the rest of their careers will produce better trained surgeons and be more gratifying for the trainees. 

Our program focuses on the evolution of cardiothoracic surgery.
The field of cardiothoracic surgery has evolved tremendously over the decades, offering patients many more open and non-invasive treatment options for all intra-thoracic diseases. As technology relentlessly evolves, conventional open surgical treatments are giving way to less invasive strategies, more frequently involving percutaneous devices (such as coronary artery stents, peripheral arterial stenting, and endovascular stent-grafts for aneurysmal disease) or robotic or videoscopic/thoracoscopic/endoscopic tools for minimal access approaches.

Our program recognizes the importance of resident work/life balance.
This integrated curriculum will proffer less onerous work weeks and a healthier lifestyle balance for the residents. With the emphasis on multi-disciplinary training, enhanced teamwork, and less burdensome staffing demands, compliance with resident duty hour limitations will be enhanced.

For more information, please visit the Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgical Program website.

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