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Introduction and Application Process

Program Description:
Accreditation: ACGME approved
Number of positions: 3 (three)
Stipend: PGY V level


University of Colorado Hospital, Denver, Colorado
Adult Cardiac
Adult Thoracic
Cardiopulmonary Bypass/Perfusion
Cardiology/Surface Echocardiography
Cardiothoracic ICU
Research (optional)
Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver, Colorado
Adult Cardiac
Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver, Colorado
Pediatric Congenital Cardiac


Intensive didactic and procedural introduction to intra-operative TEE during first month of Adult Cardiac rotation
Supported attendance to ASE/SCA Annual Review of Perioperative Echocardiography
Operating rooms networked, connected to Xcelera Echocardiography System
3-Dimensional TEE capability on all TEE probes
HeartWorks TEE simulator
Intensive faculty guided mini-review TEE course prior to graduation and sitting for Advanced PTEexam
All Cardiothoracic faculty hold advanced perioperative TEE certification

Case Variety:

University of Colorado Denver

Valve Replacement, Repair
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
Aortic Surgery(Dissection, Aneurysm)
Adult Repair of Congenital Heart Disease
Heart Transplantation
Lung Transplantation
Ventricular Assist Devices

Wide variety of video assisted as well as open procedures including: Wedge Resections, Lobe Resections, and Pneumonectomies
Flexible/Ridged Bronchoscopy
Tracheal Resection

Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital
Valve Replacement, Repair, including minimally invasive approaches
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

Children’s Hospital Colorado
Wide variety, full scope congenital pediatric cardiac caseload including open and catheter based procedures

Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Faculty:
Tamas Seres, MD, PhD
Director of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Ferenc Puskas, MD, PhD
Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship Director
Bryan Ahlgren, DO
Assistant Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship Director
Fadi V. Nasrallah, MD, MBA
Operating Room Medical Director
Nathaen Weitzel, MD
Perioperative TEE Director
Breandan Sullivan, MD
Director of Cardiothoracic ICU
Peter Hession, MD
Cardiac Anesthesiologist Saint Joseph’s Hospital
Quinn Stevens, MD
Cardiac Anesthesiologist Saint Joseph's Hospital
Mark Twite, MA, MB, BChir, MRCPCH
Director of Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Children Hospital Colorado

Application dates for the July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 Fellowship Positions (3):

  1. Start accepting applications: January 1, 2018
  2. Must receive completed application package by: April 30, 2018
  3. Interviews: March to June, 2018
  4. Decision: The program participates in the CT Fellowship SF Match

Call schedule: 2 calls/week and 1 weekened/month, only during University OR rotations.
Academic Experience:
One academic day/week
At least 1 month for research (this can be negotiable depending on the project)
Time and support/stipend for one National Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology meeting
Expected attendance and presentation of academic project at annual Society of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia meeting (supported).

Dedicated office with computer and internet access
Reimbursement of successful TEE exam
Possibility of moonlighting opportunities at outside institution (general anesthesia)

Why Colorado? – Nationally recognized academic program with a full spectrum caseload in an unbeatable location.

Enjoy 300 days of annual sunshine
Incredible skiing and snowboarding
Road and mountain biking
World-famous Rocky Mountains
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