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Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship

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Welcome from our Program Director

Thank you for your interest in the Brigham and Women's Adult Cardiothoracic Fellowship program. We are truly proud of the fellowship experience we offer at our institution the Brigham. At the core, our program is committed to the highest quality medical care in an intellectually stimulating environment. The Brigham's Cardiothoracic division has renowned faculty who are dedicated to teaching, who seek to nurture the talents of our fellows so that they will achieve competency in all areas and will go on to become leaders in the field of cardiothoracic anesthesiology. We are fortunate to have an unmatched diversity in cardiothoracic surgical cases, and advanced structural heart program, and comprehensive echocardiography and research curricula, enabling our fellows to achieve their potential as physicians and researchers.

Please find more information about our curriculum and facilities on this website. We look forward to hearing from you.

Lauren Cornella, MD

Lauren Cornella, MD

Lauren Cornella, MD

Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship Program Director

Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Contact Us

If you are interested in our Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship, please contact:

Lauren Cornella, MD
Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship Program Director

Charles B. Nyman, MD, MBBCh
Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship Associate Program Director

Aymee Beaudoin
Fellowship Program Manager


Our fellowship program has been in existence since 1992 and is currently ACGME accredited for six fellows. The fellowship is either 12 months or 18 months depending on the educational and academic goals of the fellow. In addition to the combined ACGME Adult Cardiothoracic/Critical Care Medicine two-year fellowship, we also have fellowships that combine basic science and/or clinical research in an 18- to 24-month program.

The Adult Cardiothoracic fellowship is structured to provide fellows with a comprehensive perioperative clinical experience balanced with formal didactics, conferences and research. Fellows should develop sufficient depth of understanding and proficiency in the perioperative evaluation, management and follow-up of complex cardiothoracic and structural heart patients so they can serve as expert consultants to our surgical, medical and anesthesiology colleagues.


The Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital offers education to the fellows both in the operating room and lecture room setting.

The didactic curriculum includes:

  • Cardiac Anesthesia lecture series
  • Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) lectures and Case Review
  • Clinician Research Scientist Curriculum
  • Quarterly Boston Area Combined Echo Conference
  • Multidisciplinary (CT Surgeons, Cardiologists, Intensivists, CT Anesthesiologists) Cardiac Complex Conferences
  • Advanced structural heart team meetings
  • Anesthesia Grand Rounds
  • Journal Club
  • Advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography Certification preparation

Clinical Experience

The cardiac and thoracic anesthesia services of Brigham and Women’s Hospital provide perioperative care to approximately 4,000 surgical patients each year.  This provides our fellows with a comprehensive patient care experience in the full spectrum of health conditions related to cardiovascular and thoracic disorders.

Clinical fellowship rotations:

  • 6 months on Cardiac Anesthesia
  • 8 weeks on Thoracic Anesthesia
  • 2 two-week rotations on an Intensive Perioperative Echocardiography rotation
  • 2 two-week rotations in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit

2 two-week elective rotations include but are not included to:

  • Transthoracic Echocardiography
  • Inpatient/Outpatient cardiology or pulmonary medicine
  • Invasive cardiology
  • Adult congenital cardiology service
  • Medical or surgical ICU
  • Extracorporeal perfusion technology
  • Pediatric CT anesthesia
  • Focused academic project
  • Private practice cardiac anesthesia


Q. What are the annual salary and benefits like?
A. The starting salary for a PGY-5 in 2022 is $86,500. Employment benefits include health, dental, disability and other insurance. For more information please refer to FREIDA and the Mass General Brigham Office of Resources for Trainees.

Q. Can you give me some information about trainee contracts?
A. Please refer to the Trainee Contract section of our website.

Q: Do you offer an education allowance?
A. Yes, we do offer an education allowance of $2,000.

Q: Do you sponsor Visas? 
A. At this time, our institution sponsors both H1b and J1 Visas.

Q. Is moonlighting available?
A. Moonlighting is available within the Mass General Brigham System to residents at the CA-2 level of training or higher. Fellows need permission from the Program Director and must have obtained a full medical license, Massachusetts Controlled Substances Registration (MCSR) and Federal DEA numbers.  Moonlighting Fellows cannot be on a J1 Visa.

How to Apply

Selection to the fellowship is highly competitive. Only completed applications are reviewed.

SF Match

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship participates in the SF Match. The applicant registration opening date for the 2023-2024 academic year is November 7th, 2022. Letters of recommendation should be submitted to the SF Match.

Application Documents

Complete these items in the San Francisco Match Application database:

  1. Complete the SF Match Application
  2. Upload three letters of recommendation, one from Program Director or Chief of Service
  3. Enter all test score results into the SF Match Application

Application Deadline

The deadline for completed applications is Wednesday, March 1st, 2023. Applications are reviewed and interviews are conducted 12 to 14 months prior to the start date of the fellowship.

The Match results will be announced June 15th, 2023.


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