Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

The Divisions of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania provide opportunities for residency training in Cardiothoracic Surgery including a two-year cardiac tract, two-year thoracic tract, and six- to eight-year integrated cardiothoracic tract.

Cardiovascular Surgery Residency

The Divisions of Cardiovascular Surgery and General Thoracic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania provide opportunities for residency training in Cardiothoracic Surgery including a two–year cardiac tract, two–year thoracic tract, and six– to eight–year integrated cardiothoracic tract.

Residents and fellows who enter the practice of cardiovascular or thoracic surgery at Penn's Division of Cardiovascular Surgery have the opportunity to specialize in all three subspecialty areas of cardiovascular surgery — adult cardiac surgery, general thoracic surgery and congenital heart surgery. The program has also just been approved for the six-year option directly out of medical school leading to certification in cardiothoracic surgery without certification in general surgery.

The foundations of the cardiovascular surgery program include clinical research and the practical application of surgical technique in preparation for an active career in cardiovascular surgery. Residents are trained in every advanced area of surgery, including:

  • Complex aortic surgery
  • Endovascular replacement of the aortic valve
  • Implantation of ventricular assist devices for bridge-to-transplantation and destination therapy, including the total artificial heart
  • Minimally invasive surgery for coronary revascularization and valve replacement and repair
  • Off–pump and on–pump surgical revascularization
  • Robotic cardiac surgery
  • Surgery for atrial fibrillation.

Residents in the core two–year thoracic surgery program qualify for participation in the American Board of Thoracic Surgery examination and certification process. Specialized and more advanced experience in specialty areas such as transplantation surgery, neonatal heart surgery, and thoracic aortic reconstructive surgery are provided in a third-year senior fellowship program.

Learn more about the residency program with the Division of Cardiac Surgery


Michael A. Acker, MD
Program Director
Cardiothoracic Residency Program

Email: michael.acker@uphs.upenn.edu
Phone: 215-662-2022
Fax: 215-349-5798

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