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Thoracic Surgery Residency Training Program

Former Residents


From 1977 through 2013, 36 residents completed the three-year training program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. 19 of these residents initially took academic positions. The remaining fifteen are practicing from Idaho to Florida.  All of our residents who have taken both parts of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery exam have become board certified. 

With the teaching system instituted by Dr. Fullerton, residents are able to spend more of their residency in the area they intend to practice while still obtaining the required index case required by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. All areas of cardiothoracic surgery are experienced in our residency program. Adult cardiac, pediatric cardiac, general thoracic and transplant are well covered in the three-year program.

Our well rounded program has enabled residents to be independent operators either in private practice or academia once the residency has been completed.

Stan Carson, MD - 1977
Private Practice, Denver, CO

David Campbell, MD - 1979
Professor, Children’s Hospital of Colorado, Aurora, CO

Richard Phillips, MD - 1980
Volunteer, Washington State University

Frank Manart, MD - 1981
Private Practice, Vail, CO

Lawrence Patzelt, MD - 1982
Private Practice, Grand Rapids, MI

John C. Heiser, MD - 1983
Private Practice, Grand Rapids, MI

Thomas Cain, MD - 1984
Private Practice, Green Bay, WI

Douglas Cowgill, MD - 1985
Dean Clinic/St. Mary’s Hospital, Madison, WI

Fred Woelfel, MD - 1986
Private Practice, Pittsburgh, PA

Mark Ammons, MD - 1987
Private Practice, Denver, CO

Glenn Whitman, MD - 1988
Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Mike See, MD - 1989
Private Practice, Columbia, MO

David Fullerton, MD - 1990
Professor, University of Colorado

John C. St. Cyr, MD - 1991
Medical Consultant, Minnesota

James Albert, MD - 1992
Private Practice, Colorado Springs, CO

Michael Grosso, MD - 1993
Research, Philadelphia, PA

James Brown, MD - 1994
Associate Professor, University of Maryland

Steve Jones, MD - 1995
Private Practice, Boise, ID

James Jaggers, MD - 1996
Professor, The Children's Hospital of Colorado, Aurora, CO

Mary Wollerming, MD - 1997
Skaggs Medical Center, Branson, MO

Max Mitchell, MD - 1998
Professor, Children's Hospital of Colorado, Aurora CO

Irving Shen, MD - 1999
Private Practice, Falls Church, VA

Peter Seirafi, MD - 2000
Private Practice, Sebastian, FL

Joseph Cleveland, Jr, MD - 2001
Associate Professor, University of Colorado

Brett Sheridan, MD - 2002
Associate Professor, University of North Carolina

Craig Selzman, MD - 2003
Associate Professor, University of Utah

Larry Brinckerhoff, MD - 2004
Assistant Professor, Tufts University

Tim Sherwood, MD - 2005
Private Practice, Frederick, MD

Aditya Kaza, MD - 2006
Assistant Professor, Primary Children’s Medical Center, University of Utah

Sunil Malhotra, MD - 2007
Assistant Professor, New York University

Gonzalo Carrizo, MD - 2008
Instructor, University of Florida

T. Brett Reece, MD - 2009
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado

John Charles Dugal, Jr, MD - 2010
Assistant Professor, Tulane Medical Center, New Orleans  

Ramesh Singh, MD - 2011                                                                                                                     Assistant Professor, University of Louisville

Ashok Babu, MD - 2012                                                                                                                        Assistant Professor, University of Colorado

Sagar Damle, MD - 2013
Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Nebraska Heart Institute