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Thoracic Surgery Residency Program Training Track

Track Director: Harvey Pass, M.D., Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery and Director of Thoracic Oncology in the NYU Cancer Center

Residents in the thoracic track develop unique advanced skills in general thoracic surgery and thoracic oncology, and acquire comprehensive training in cardiac surgery for acquired heart diseases. Training takes place at NYU’s Tisch Hospital, Veterans Administration Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, and the NYU Cancer Center.

Half of the 3-year period will be spent on thoracic surgery and thoracic oncology rotations at NYU Hospital. Residents progress to performing increasingly advanced surgery and making independent decisions.

First Year

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

    location: NYU Medical Center (Tisch Hospital)

    exposure: esophageal and pulmonary surgery including endoscopy, chest wall disease, thoracic oncology

  2. Acquired Cardiac and General Thoracic/Thoracic Oncology Rotation
    (Second 6 months)

    location: Veterans Administration Hospital

    exposure: echocardiography, cardiac catheterization, interventions, pacemakers/implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), acquired cardiac disease, general thoracic disease

    This rotation on the Thoracic Track has significant general thoracic/thoracic oncology components, and comprehensive training in cardiac surgery for acquired heart diseases.

Second Year

  1. Acquired Cardiac Surgery Rotation
    (First 6 months)

    location: NYU Medical Center (Tisch Hospital)

    exposure: pacemakers/ICDs, echocardiography, cardiac catheterization, acquired heart disease

  2. General Thoracic/Thoracic Oncology Rotation
    (Second 6 months)

    location: NYU Medical Center (Tisch Hospital)

    exposure: esophageal and pulmonary surgery including endoscopy, chest wall disease, thoracic oncology

Third Year

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

    location: Bellevue Hospital

    exposure: acquired cardiac disease, pacemakers/ICDs, general thoracic, thoracic oncology, chest trauma

    This rotation on the Thoracic Track has significant general thoracic/thoracic oncology components, as well as thoracic trauma experience, and comprehensive training in cardiac surgery for acquired heart diseases. 

  2. Advanced Thoracic Oncology Rotation
    (Second 6 months)

    location: NYU Medical Center (Tisch Hospital)

    exposure: advanced operative techniques, minimally invasive thoracic surgery, multimodality therapy, clinical trial design