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The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program

Welcome to the Thoracic Surgical Residency Program at the University of Colorado. Our program is a three-year residency, which has been in continuous operation for the past thirty years. 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, The Children’s Hospital of Denver, and the Denver VA Medical Center. 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 focused 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 to achieve these 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.