About Our Fellowship

The one-year Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship at Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, and Texas Heart Institute is one of only 11 ACGME-approved congenital heart surgery fellowships in the United States. The program is designed and organized to educate the fellow in the basic anatomy and physiology of the majority of congenital cardiac lesions, and to provide the fellow with a basis of surgical technical proficiency for common, uncomplicated congenital heart defects. Operative skill is essential, and can be acquired only through education and hands-on experience.

The high patient volumes in congenital heart surgery at Texas Children’s ensure that the congenital heart surgery fellow gains experience in a variety of congenital heart surgery procedures, including corrections in neonates, mechanical assist devices, adult congenital heart patients, and transplantation. Fellows will participate in all aspects of the assessment, management plan formulation, surgery and perioperative care of children and adults with complex congenital heart disease. Responsibility will be progressive based on experience and capability of the individual.

All rotations will be at Texas Children's under the direction and supervision of the program director, Dr. Charles D. Fraser, Jr. and associate program director, Dr. Carlos M. Mery.

The surgical faculty and staff in Congenital Heart Surgery at Texas Children's are dedicated to ensuring the fellow has a quality educational experience to prepare him/her for a successful career in this difficult and highly specialized field. Optimal results are only obtained in centers dedicated to the ideal that the treatment of children with complex heart defects requires consistency, accuracy and diligence.

This 12-month educational program is devoted exclusively to congenital cardiac surgery and will play a significant role in preparing the fellow for the America Board of Thoracic Surgery Congenital Heart Surgery Subspecialty Certification.

Congenital Heart Surgery is part of Texas Children’s Heart Center, which is one of the largest pediatric heart centers in the world.