Department of Surgery

Admissions and Benefits

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Selection of Fellows


Fellows will be recruited on a yearly basis. Once the applications are received, a fellowship committee chaired by Dr. Kenneth Liao will review the applications for potential candidates who meet the requirement for appointment to the Cardiac Transplant Surgery Fellowship program.

These candidates' credentials will be verified, recommendations will be obtained, and appropriate applicants may be invited to interview for the training program. Fellows will be selected in early spring. 

The following items are required for the application to the Cardiac Transplant Surgery Fellowship:

  • A completed Baylor College of Medicine House Staff Application
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • Three passport sized photographs 
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members

Letters should be addressed to:

Kenneth K. Liao, MD
Professor and Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Transplantation and Circulatory Support
Program Director, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery Fellowship
Baylor College of Medicine 
One Baylor Plaza, BCM 390
Houston, TX 77030

  • USMLE 1, 2, and 3 board scores
  • American Board of Surgery In-Training (ABSITE) exams
  • Medical school diploma in its original language, as well as in English, copied and notarized stating that it is a true copy of the original 
  • Medical school transcript in its original language, as well as in English, copied ant notarized, stating that it 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)

International Graduates


International graduates will need to contact the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates for information regarding the process of paperwork for students and graduates of foreign medical schools. Baylor College of Medicine requires international medical graduates to meet the requirements for an Institutional Permit, as outlined by the Texas Medical Board, and the documents necessary for a J-1 Visa.

Please submit application material to our program coordinator:
Amy Silva
Program Coordinator, Cardiac Transplant Surgery Fellowship Program 
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza, BCM 390
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 798-6078
Fax: (713) 798-8941




See stipends and benefit information on the Baylor College of Medicine’s graduate medical education website. Stipend levels are at the national average, but Houston's cost of living ranks among the lowest of metropolitan areas in the United States.

Maintaining your physical and emotional wellness is a prerequisite to professional success. Our residents have access to a number of programs to support their well-being. View wellness resources.

Information about vacation and leave of absences is available on the graduate medical education website.

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