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Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology

Director: Ellen Dailor , M.D. dailor

The University of Rochester fellowship in Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology has been approved by the ACGME. Fellows will follow a program within the guidelines developed by the SCA and approved by the ACGME to establish mastery of the knowledge and skills required to care for today’s increasing complex cardiothoracic surgery patients. Fellows will be expected to progress at their own pace from accomplished resident status to capable and relatively independent clinicians. Trainees always have faculty supervision but are allowed latitude reflecting their capabilities in caring for patients and guiding the residents they work with. The cardiac surgical division performs approximately 1,000 operations per year, including adult and pediatric pump cases, off-pump CABG, and endovascular and open thoracic aortic procedures. Clinical caseload and pathology is consistent with that seen at centers of excellence nationally. A variety of ventricular assist devices are implanted at SMH, including Heartmate II, and the Jarvik 2000. Orthotopic cardiac transplantation is performed regularly and the recent revision of UNOS procedures has improved the accessibility of organs for patients on our transplant list.


Dr. Dailor in at St. Elizabeth’s
Catholic General Hospital
Cardiac Center.

Fellows are expected to become competent in the perioperative use of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) through experience and education both with our extraordinarily skilled cardiology colleagues, and our National Board of Echocardiography Certified Anesthesiologists. A goal of passing the NBE perioperative TEE exam is realistic and supported. Research projects coinciding with expressed interests of the fellow are also supported. Participation in one research project (clinical or bench) is recommended. Teaching opportunities and obligations are as integral to the fellowship as attending regular conferences.

For more information on applying for a Fellowship, please contact Cathy Ercolamento at (585) 275-2143.

Fellowship Brochure