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Department of Surgery

Thoracic Surgery Residency

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Dr. David J. Sugarbaker

In 2014, Dr. David J. Sugarbaker, a master thoracic surgeon and internationally recognized thought leader, was recruited to join the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine as founding chief of the Division of General Thoracic Surgery and founder director of the Baylor College of Medicine Lung Institute. Dr. Sugarbaker established new surgical approaches for the management of mesothelioma and fostered innovative surgical approaches to benign and malignant thoracic disease, which continues in the Division today.

Thoracic Surgery Traditional Residency Program 

To be eligible to apply, candidates must have successfully completed five years of an ACGME-accredited general surgery residency program and be eligible for examination by the American Board of Surgery. We match three cardiothoracic track residents and one general thoracic track per year for this three-year program. Our cardiothoracic surgery track provides a comprehensive experience in all aspects of cardiothoracic surgery, including complex aortic surgery, robotic cardiac and general thoracic surgery, heart and lung transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, and structural heart/transcatheter interventions. Our thoracic surgery track includes 15 months of focused general thoracic/ thoracic oncology rotations at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and MD Anderson Cancer Center. Additional general thoracic oncology experience is gained during nine months of cardiothoracic rotations at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Ben Taub Hospital. Importantly, due to high case volumes, trainees in either training track can attain ABTS required numbers for both general thoracic surgery or cardiothoracic surgery training. 

Our training program emphasizes the central role of the residents in the management of cardiothoracic surgery patients with hands-on operative experience. It strives to provide training in contemporary, cutting-edge technologies, participation in research, and interaction with thought leaders in cardiothoracic surgery.

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