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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 2021 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...

Daniel Ziazadeh, M.D., PGY-6

"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, and George Hicks the program has graduated over 85 residents who have had illustrious careers in Private Practice and Academic Surgery including 13 Division / Department Chiefs. Over the last 10 years, our Adult Cardiac Surgery division has seen explosive growth in minimally invasive cardiac surgery, heart failure, mechanical circulatory support, and heart transplantation. We are fortunate enough to train in a mentorship model by experts in their respective fields, including pioneers in sternal sparing HM3 LVAD implantation. We have tremendous balance in training with an outstanding Thoracic and Foregut Surgery division who encompass the entirety of benign and malignant esophageal, pleural, and lung based disease. Lastly, we are extremely fortunate to have an outstanding Congenital Cardiac Surgery division that has consistently delivered the best national outcomes in congenital heart disease. Our early surgical experience, operative autonomy, tradition of mentorship, research, and academic leadership prepare us to not only be outstanding technical surgeons, but leaders in our community and abroad."

Daniel Ziazadeh, M.D., PGY-6

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