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About the Program

The Thoracic Surgery Residency Program here at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School was established in 1988. The program consists of three residents, one per year, thus permitting the highest level of individualized attention and training. We offer a full range of cardiothoracic surgical services, provided by highly qualified, board certified surgeons. The surgeons in the division are not only experts in their surgical specialty, they are researchers exploring new and better ways to provide care.

During the first two years, the residents are able to meet the minimum requirement for board certification. The last year affords residents the opportunity to get advanced training in adult cardiac surgery and to specialize in one field of thoracic surgery, such as pediatric cardiac surgery, adult cardiac surgery or general thoracic surgery during a three month elective.

The members of our teaching staff bring to the program a wealth of practical and scholarly credentials. The presence of ongoing laboratory research activity provides an invigorating academic milieu.

Each resident is sponsored by the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery to attend one national conference a year, such as meetings conducted by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, The American Association of Thoracic Surgery or the American College of Surgeons.

In short, we feel that our Thoracic Surgery Residency Program here at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School provides among the best clinical experiences in the country. Our objective is to exceed the minimum requirements by offering our residents a demanding but rewarding clinical and didactic experience. After completion of this three-year residency, the candidates are truly able to perform as independent practitioners of our specialty.