Residency & Fellowship Programs

Our residency and fellowship programs offer access to a high volume of unique clinical cases and expansive research opportunities for the future leaders of cardiothoracic surgery.

Integrated 6-Year Residency Program Interview Dates
Saturday, December 2, 2023 & Saturday, January 13, 2024

Thoracic Surgery (Traditional) Fellowship Program Interview Dates

Michigan Medicine Frankel Cardiovascular Center

Integrated Thoracic Surgery Residency

The integrated program, led by program director Shinichi Fukuhara, MD, along with associate program director Robert Hawkins, MD, MSc, and assistant program directors Andrew Chang, MDG. Michael Deeb, MDKiran Lagisetty, MD, and Vikram Sood, MD, is geared toward medical students who know they wish to become cardiothoracic surgeons. Instead of first completing general surgery training and then beginning a separate residency in cardiothoracic surgery, doctors enter a cardiothoracic residency directly out of medical school.

This six-year program includes a variety of rotations in the early years, including general surgery, critical care, cardiac imaging, and other relevant surgical and non-surgical specialties. It has become the educational standard for thoracic surgical residency training.

Take a moment to experience some of the top-notch facilities and friendly faces of the U-M Frankel Cardiovascular Center through the eyes of Catherine (Katie) Wagner, MD, who is a current resident of the integrated thoracic surgery training program.

Strength of Program: Integrated Thoracic Surgery Residency

Integrated (six-year) Residency and Traditional (two-year) Thoracic Surgery Fellowship programs are participants in the Electronic Residency Application Service [ERAS]. Please refer to the ERAS website to complete your application for our residency program. 

The Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship is a participant in the San Francisco Match [SF Match].  Please refer to the SF Match website to complete your application to our fellowship program.

Contact Us

Please contact GME program administrator Karen Bowring at [email protected] if you have any questions about the application process.

Traditional Thoracic Surgery Fellowship

The traditional two-year thoracic surgery fellowship, led by program director Shinichi Fukuhara, MD, along with associate program director Kiran Lagisetty, MD, and assistant program directors Andrew Chang, MDG. Michael Deeb, MDRobert Hawkins, MD, MSc, and Vikram Sood, MD, is offered for those who have completed either a general or vascular surgery residency. It provides two years of cardiac and thoracic surgery training following general surgery.

Strength of Program: Traditional Thoracic Surgery Fellowship

Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship

The University of Michigan offers an ACGME approved Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship. This fellowship will transition to a 2-year (24 month) program beginning in the Summer of 2023. All rotations are performed at the C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Applications will be accepted every other year for a two-year ODD start date. The graduates are eligible for the American Board of Thoracic Surgery Congenital Cardiac Surgery certification process.

The fellowship is two years in duration and follows completion of either an integrated cardiothoracic surgery residency a 4+3 cardiothoracic program,  or a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship (2 or 3 years). The residency encompasses surgical training for congenital cardiac surgery along with the full spectrum of perioperative care.  The Section of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, has developed a regional, national and international reputation of excellence, as well as wide referral practice in pediatric cardiovascular surgery. A full scope of congenital heart disease care is offered at our center including high risk neonatal surgery, adult congenital heart surgery, hybrid procedures, heart transplantation, and mechanical assist devices.

Our center performs approximately 900-1,000 cardiac cases of which approximately 600 are cardiopulmonary bypass cases. Our surgical program is known for success in dealing with complex conditions such as staged palliation for single ventricle lesions, complex forms of transposition and other STAT 4 and 5 surgical procedures.

Pediatric Cardiology enjoys a very close working relationship with Pediatric Cardiac Surgery through the University of Michigan Congenital Heart Center, where cardiology and surgical faculty and staff together participate in clinical case conferences, quality improvement initiatives, and research endeavors.

Program Director: Vikram Sood, MD ([email protected])

Program Administrator: Karen Bowring ([email protected])

Strength of Program: Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship

Advanced Aortic Fellowship

The University of Michigan offers a one-year Advanced Aortic Fellowship led by Bo Yang, MD, PhD that follows completion of either an integrated thoracic surgery residency or independent cardiothoracic surgery fellowship. Our fellowship delivers specialized training in advanced aortic, aortic valve, TAVR, and endovascular surgery. If you are interested in our Advanced Aortic Fellowship, please feel free to submit an updated CV to our Program Administrator, Karen Bowring at [email protected].

The application deadline for the 2025 fellowship program is September 15, 2024. Please click here for additional information. 

Strength of Program: Advanced Aortic Fellowship

Excellence in Cardiothoracic Training

When you decide to become a resident at the University of Michigan Department of Cardiac Surgery, you join a culture of education. Because of the expertise found in every discipline, Michigan is considered one of the very best places to train.

  • Clinical Care: Trainees are exposed to a wealth of clinical pathology and are able to learn from premiere faculty recruited nationally and internationally who have deep expertise in all branches of cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Residents are active participants in operations and become proficient in every aspect of the surgical process, from diagnosis to techniques required for surgery, as well as follow up clinical care. 
  • Surgical Facilities: Trainees practice at premiere facilities, rotating between the Veterans Hospital, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, the Cardiovascular Center and the University Hospital. The Frankel Cardiovascular Center is a 350,000 square-foot facility that showcases our innovative approach to cardiovascular clinical care and research, including a 1,200-square-foot hybrid operating suite for multidisciplinary procedures and a cardiovascular research center.
  • Research: Residents and fellows experience the full scope of working in an institution that performs cutting edge research in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Trainees are directly involved in key studies, as well as clinical trials. Cardiac surgery residents routinely publish in prestigious academic journals and have presented at national and international meetings.
  • Support: We have a pool of support dedicated to providing residents with the research skills they need to succeed at Michigan and beyond. A full-time biostatician is on staff and residents have access to a rich database. Residents and fellows have the opportunity to practice their presentations to a faculty audience before heading to a national stage. A monthly Research in Progress seminar series allows both residents and faculty to present their ideas to their peers for feedback as well.


Case Mix

Health & Wellness

The health and well-being of our residents and fellows is a top priority. With onsite wellness programs, we provide resources to support you and your family.  

Salary & Benefits

The University of Michigan offers highly competitive salaries and tremendous benefits to our residents and fellows. An overview of salary, benefits and employment eligibility is available on the GME Office website.


Our Alumni

Our residents leave the Department of Cardiac Surgery well prepared to make a difference in the world of cardiac medicine. Michigan Cardiac Surgery alumni form a network of some of the most prestigious, highly regarded cardiac surgeons anywhere, from Michigan Medicine to institutions across the world.

Featured Alumni

Get to know former trainees and their career paths after training at Michigan Medicine:

  • Dr. Steven Bibevski completed the congenital heart residency and joined the faculty at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, FL. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Dr. Bibevski also completed a visiting fellowship at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.
  • Dr. David Tom Cooke is the program director of the Cardiothoracic Residency and a faculty member at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA.
  • Dr. Jennifer Hirsch-Romano completed her residency in 2005 and is now a faculty member in the Department of Cardiac Surgery and the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable DIseases at the University of Michigan.
  • Dr. Jennifer Solms Nelson is a cardiothoracic surgeon in the Department of Cardiovascular Services at Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, FL.
  • Dr. Allan Pickens is a faculty member and program director in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine as well as the director of Thoracic Oncology and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta, GA.
  • Dr. Terry Shih practices General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the PeaceHealth Medical Group in Vancouver, Canada.
  • Dr. I-Wen Wang completed the Cardiothoracic Transplant & Ventricular Assist Device Fellowship in 2006 and is now the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
  • Dr. Thomas Varghese Jr. is the Executive Medical Director and Chief Value Officer at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, as well as the Section Head of General Thoracic Surgery and the Program Director for the Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT.

Vikram Sood, MD and Joe Phillips, MD discuss their experiences as residents and why they decided to train at Michigan Medicine.