Why Train at Michigan

Discover the unique strengths of the cardiothoracic training programs at Michigan Medicine.

Dr. Jennifer Romano in the operating room

World-Renowned Faculty

Over the course of your time as a resident, you will be trained by the most skilled physicians. The faculty are experts and mentors committed to teaching and they provide the foundation for an outstanding training program. 

  • Steven F. Bolling, MD is a world leader in mitral valve repair, one of the three busiest mitral valve surgeons in the country.
  • Andrew Chang, MD is a highly respected educator and surgeon scientist in the field of thoracic surgery.
  • G. Michael Deeb, MD is a world leader in aortic valve surgery and led the team that implanted the first total artificial heart.
  • Francis D. Pagani, MD is a world leader in ventricular assist devices.
  • Himanshu J. Patel, MD is known for his pioneering work in treating aortic aneurysms.
  • Richard G. Ohye, MD leads one of the busiest congenital heart programs in the country.
Students and faculty attending a presentation in Danto Auditorium at Michigan Medicine's Frankel Cardiovascular Center

Commitment to an Inclusive Culture

The University of Michigan is committed to supporting an environment in which all individuals are welcomed and can thrive. This commitment is echoed in the culture of the cardiothoracic training programs at Michigan Medicine. Our diverse team of faculty members and learners is the driving force behind the success of our training programs, clinical care, and research. We continually work to improve and expand the initiatives and opportunities we offer to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our programs. 

Our programs also emphasize the importance of trainee wellness and mental health, and we offer numerous resources in this space across the university that trainees can access.

Culture & Work Life Balance

Students passing by the University of Michigan Block M on the diag

Life in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor is a small town with big town amenities. The hospitals are within an easy walking, biking or driving distance of numerous affordable places to live. The city offers everything from sporting events, to art and cultural activities and first-class restaurants. The town once known primarily for its academic prowess has topped many "best" lists, including Best Sports Town, Most Walkable Town, one of the Ten Coolest Cities in the Midwest and Best Town for Young Families. There are over 100 restaurants in the downtown area alone, as well as several venues that host a plethora of artistic events, including stage performances and film festivals. Numerous picturesque city parks, perfect for walking, biking, jogging or picnicking, dot the landscape.

Ann Arbor is only a half hour's drive from Detroit Metropolitan airport, a Delta hub. It’s just under an hour’s drive to Detroit, which has experienced a recent renaissance, and is home to the major sports team as well as eclectic retail and upscale restaurants.

Ann Arbor Life