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Thoracic Surgery Residency Program

Dr. David Fullerton

Welcome to the Thoracic Surgery Residency Program at the University of Colorado.  Our program is a three-year residency which was established in 1977. Our mission is to provide a very well-rounded thoracic surgical education in all facets of our specialty.  Our global objective is to prepare the graduates of our program to step into their careers prepared to meet the challenges of the profession, regardless of their ultimate career goals.

During the course of the three-year curriculum, residents rotate through the University of Colorado Hospital, Children's Hospital Colorado, and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Denver. These rotations provide a robust and sophisticated experience in all facets of adult and congenital heart disease and general thoracic surgery. The first two years of the three-year curriculum are designed to provide an in-depth experience in each of these subspecialty areas and prepare the resident for eligibility for the American Board of Thoracic Surgery examination process. The third year of the residency is designed in a manner to permit the resident to focus in an area relevant to their ultimate career goals. For example, some of our residents focus their activities in the arena of general thoracic surgery, and others in the arena of congenital heart surgery. Regardless of a resident's career goal, the faculty is absolutely committed to helping all residents achieve their goals.

The graduates of our program have established very successful careers across the country. Our graduates are established cardiac and thoracic surgeons in both academic medical centers and private practice. Regardless of the particular area of clinical focus, the graduates of our programs have consistently provided feedback that they were more than ready to function independently upon completion of the residency program.

Thank you for your interest in our program.


Signature (David Fullerton, MD)

David A. Fullerton, M.D.

Professor and John T.M. Wright Endowed Chair in Heart Valve Surgery
Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Program Director, Thoracic Surgery Residency
University of Colorado School of Medicine