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Message from the Director

Program Director, George Hicks, MD

Christian G. Peyre, M.D.

Program Director

Welcome to the Integrated Cardiothoracic Training program at the University of Rochester. We have a rich tradition in resident education with a robust training experience in both cardiac and thoracic surgery. The University of Rochester Medical Center is the premiere referral center for Upstate New York which provides high clinical volume and broad-based exposure in Adult Cardiac and Congenital Cardiac and General Thoracic Surgery.

At the University of Rochester Medical Center, we are committed to the six-year Integrated Program in Cardiothoracic Surgery (I6). We are the first program to receive 10 Year ACGME re-accreditation without citation. We have the advantage of maintaining our training program almost entirely 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 to enhance resident academic learning.

The Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery is a very active unit comprised of 4 surgeons who pride themselves on minimally invasive treatments for thoracic disease. We have a robust practice in VATS, laparoscopic and robotic surgical techniques.  In addition to a busy oncologic practice, we are a center of excellence for esophageal disease from diagnostic services to endoscopic and surgical therapies for benign and malignant esophageal disease.

The Division of Cardiac Surgery is comprised of 4 adult and 2 congenital surgeons and boasts a robust experience in heart failure and mechanical support including ventricular assist devices, ECMO and transplantation, a strong adult program in all aspects of valvular, aortic and coronary disease.​ It is also a premiere congenital cardiac surgery program in the state of New York.

We invite you to learn more about our program. 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 future leaders in Cardiothoracic Surgery.

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 Brandice Vivian, our Program Coordinator, or call (585) 275-1510.

Christian G. Peyre, MD, Program Director