Cardiothoracic Surgery Integrated Residency Program

Welcome from Program Director

Program Director, George Hicks, MD

Welcome to the Divisions of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Rochester has a rich tradition regarding resident education and we embrace that atmosphere within the Divisions of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery. The medical center is a large referral center for all of Upstate New York. This large referral area provides high clinical volume and broad-based exposure in both Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery. We pride ourselves in the balanced experience that our residents can achieve and in their future successes, a reflection on the solid and innovative nature of their education.

At the University of Rochester Medical Center, we are committed to the six year Integrated Program in Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery. We are the first program to receive 10 Year ACGME re-accreditation without citation. We have the advantage of maintaining our training program mostly within a single institution. This provides the optimal control over our residents' medical and surgical training experience and allows us to create a family atmosphere with an emphasis on mentoring, coaching, and academic development. Our integrated program is flexible to allow for both Cardiac and Thoracic expertise and has the option of including a year of research at the discretion of each resident.

Our Thoracic Surgery program is very active in both managing both Pulmonary and Foregut disease processes. All of the most innovative and cutting edge techniques are available for our residents to master because of the significant volume on the Thoracic Surgery Service. The Cardiac Surgery service boasts a robust experience in heart failure including ventricular assist devices, transplant and a strong adult program in all aspects of valvular, aortic and coronary disease.​

We invite you to learn more about our program both in terms of clinical strength and research opportunities in the pursuit of academic surgery. I believe that you will find that the University of Rochester Medical Center and the Divisions of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery provide an organized, dedicated, and nurturing environment to ensure that our graduates are mature, capable, and competitive as they enter the work force.

Again thank you for your interest in the University of Rochester Medical Center, Divisions of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery.

For more information feel free to email us at Rachel_Zapata-Bermudez@URMC.Rochester.edu or call (585) 275-1510.

George Hicks, MD, Program Director