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Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program Training Track

Track Director: Greg Ribakove M.D., Associate Professor, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Bellevue Hospital Center, Director of Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Units at NYU Medical Center

Residents in the cardiothoracic track develop unique advanced skills in minimally invasive valve surgery, advanced valve repair surgery, catheter-based valve surgery, stent graft therapies for thoracic aneurysms, and advanced surgical therapies for heart failure.

First Year

  1. Adult Cardiac and General Thoracic/Thoracic Oncology Rotation
    (First 6 months)

    location: Veterans Affairs Hospital

    exposure: echocardiography, cardiac catherization, pacemaker/implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), acquired cardiac disease, general thoracic disease

  2. Cardiac Surgery Rotation
    (Second 6 months)

    location: NYU Medical Center (Tisch Hospital)

    exposure: adult-acquired cardiac disease, pacemakers, ICDs, echocardiography, acquired heart diseases

Second Year

  1. General Thoracic Surgery/Thoracic Oncology Rotation
    (First 4 months)

    location: NYU Medical Center (Tisch Hospital)

    exposure: esophageal, pulmonary function, chest wall diseases, thoracic oncology

  2. Interventional Vascular and Cardiac Catheterization Elective Rotation
    (Middle 2 months)

    location: dependent on training option

    exposure: interventional techniques for aneurysms and valves, cardiac catheterization

    During the 2-month elective rotation the resident chooses one of the following training options:

    1. Interventional vascular catheter-based therapy and cardiac catheterization. This new rotation adds formal training in a new skill set and prepares the resident for the new third-year advanced therapies rotation.

    2. Additional thoracic surgery/thoracic oncology training

    3. Another elective rotation

  3. Adult-Acquired and Congenital Cardiac Surgery Rotation
    (Last 6 months)

    location: NYU Medical Center (Tisch Hospital)

    exposure: congenital heart diseases, acquired heart diseases

Third Year

By the start of the third year, the resident will be exceptionally equipped to actively participate in numerous surgical areas:

  • minimally invasive valve surgery

  • advanced valve repair surgery

  • catheter based valve surgery

  • stent graft therapies for thoracic aneurysms

  • advanced surgical therapies for heart failure

  1. Advanced Adult-Acquired Cardiac, General Thoracic/Thoracic Oncology, Thoracic Trauma Rotation
    (First 6 months)

    location: Bellevue Hospital

    exposure: minimally invasive valve surgery, valve repair, catheter-based surgery, thoracic aneurysms, ventricular assist devices, surgery for congestive heart failure

    This rotation emphasizes traditional cardiac and thoracic surgical skills. Residents progress toward performing surgeries independently.

  2. Advanced Adult Cardiac, General Thoracic/ Thoracic Oncology and Trauma Rotation
    (Last 6 months)

    location: NYU Medical Center (Tisch Hospital)

    exposure: acquired cardiac disease, general thoracic, advanced thoracic oncology including operative techniques and clinical trial design, chest trauma, minimally invasive thoracic surgery