Selection of Fellows

Fellows will be recruited on a yearly basis. Once the applications are received by the November first deadline, a fellowship committee chaired by Dr. Joseph Coselli, will review the applications for potential candidates who meet the requirement for appointment to the Aortic Surgery Fellowship (AKA Adult Cardiac Surgery) program.

These candidates' credentials will be verified, recommendations will be obtained, and appropriate applicants may be invited to interview for the training program. Notifications of acceptance to the program are made in January of each year following the application deadline.

Required Prior Residency Training in a Related Specialty

Residents and practicing surgeons who have completed their cardiothoracic surgery training (or equivalent) and desire further training in aortic surgery will be eligible to apply to our program.

These applicants must have either completed the required training or be in their final year of training in their home country when they apply to our program. English fluency (both written and spoken) is required.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Fellows

Our program provides experience in the private practice sector primarily at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and the Texas Heart Institute. Experience may also be gained at a Level I trauma center (Ben Taub Hospital) and in a Veterans Affairs Hospital environment (Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center).

There is extensive hands-on experience in all aspects of the management of aortic and other cardiothoracic surgical patients. Operative experience will be gained in the repair of aneurysms and dissection of the ascending aorta, arch, descending aorta and thoracoabdominal aorta as well as aortic root and aortic valve repair and replacement. These experiences will encompass both open and endovascular repairs.

Additional experience in cardiac valve procedures, coronary artery bypass, pulmonary resections, chest wall resections, thoracic vascular repairs, esophageal procedures, and other thoracic surgical operations will also be part of this experience which may also include cardiac transplantation and lung transplantation.

Fellows attend and participate in several multidisciplinary conferences including a weekly cardiothoracic surgery educational conference, a weekly morbidity and mortality conference, Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, and a cardiothoracic surgery journal club.

Many of our faculty have on-going research programs in which the fellows are welcome to participate. Opportunities are available during this fellowship in clinical, translational and basic science research in the cardiothoracic research laboratories with the individual faculty in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Several outstanding papers and presentations have been prepared by the fellows in this training program and this activity is encouraged.

Application Requirements

Please submit the following:

  • Completed Baylor College of Medicine House Staff Application
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three passport-sized photographs (optional)
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members
  • USMLE 1, 2 and 3 Board Scores (Note: These are required without exception for foreign applicants)
  • American Board of Surgery In-Training (ABSITE) exams (required of US applicants)
  • Medical school diploma in its original language, as well as in English (copied and notarized, stating that is a true copy of the original)
  • Medical school transcript in its original language, as well as in English (copied and notarized, stating that is a true copy of the original)
  • Dean's verification of pending or past graduation
  • ECFMG certificate if a foreign medical graduate (copied and notarized). Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing.

Foreign medical graduates should also submit a ECFMG certificate (copied and notarized). Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing.

Completed applications must be submitted by Nov. 1 of each year for the following July 1 program start date.

Note: Letters should be addressed to:

Joseph S. Coselli, M.D.
Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Cardiothoracic Fellowship Program
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza, BCM 390
Houston, TX 77030

Please submit application material to our program coordinator:

Jaye Chambers
Program Coordinator, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza, BCM 390
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 798-6078
Fax: (832) 355-9948
Email: Jaye.Chambers@bcm.edu