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Cardiothoracic Surgery Integrated Residency Program

The Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgical Residency at the University of Rochester has a rich tradition in resident education driven by faculty focused on creating the next generation of cardiothoracic surgeons and leaders.

Program Strengths

  • Robust clinical volumes in all aspects of cardiothoracic surgery
  • Rich clinical programs in valvular heart disease, heart failure and mechanical circulatory support, congenital heart disease, thoracic surgical oncology and benign esophageal disease
  • Faculty focused on cutting edge and minimally invasive approaches to cardiac and thoracic disease
  • Progressive responsibility at all levels, with emphasis placed on academic knowledge and technical advancement for the development of expertise in patient care

Our Residency by the Numbers: Select 2022 Case Volumes


Structural Heart






Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery

What Sets Us Apart?

Flexible Curriculum

Residents gain expertise in adult cardiac, pediatric cardiac and thoracic surgery with the ability to vary the curriculum based and the future career goals of the resident.

Clinical Practice

Training takes place at the premiere quaternary academic medical center for cardiothoracic disease in upstate New York creating a rich and broad exposure for resident learning.

Life of a URMC Resident

Our emphasis on work/life balance is an important reason residents choose URMC. A focus on the trainee’s well-being enables you to learn and thrive in Rochester.

Welcome to Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency


Follow Along with Dr. Clauden Louis on a Resident Tour of the Medical Center

What Our Residents Say...


"For over 50 years, the Cardiothoracic Surgery residency program at the University of Rochester has prepared trainees to become world class Cardiothoracic Surgeons. Under the leadership of Drs. Earl Mahoney, James DeWeese, Seymour Schwartz, George Hicks and Peter Knight the program has graduated over 85 residents who have had illustrious careers in Private Practice and Academic Surgery including 13 Division/ Department Chiefs. Our program offers a diverse and challenging curriculum that encompasses all aspects of cardiothoracic surgery, including aortic surgery, valve repair and replacement, congenital heart surgery, heart transplantation, and minimally invasive procedures. Residents have the opportunity to work alongside world-class faculty who are leaders in their respective specialties, gaining invaluable hands-on experience and mentorship. In addition to the exceptional clinical training, our residency program fosters a vibrant research environment. Residents are actively encouraged to engage in scholarly activities, collaborate with faculty on groundbreaking research projects, and present their work at national conferences. Our commitment to excellence in clinical practice, research, and compassionate patient care makes our program an exceptional choice for those seeking to become leaders in the field of Cardiothoracic Surgery."

Hossein Amirjamshidi, M.D., PGY-5

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