For Cardiac Surgery Medical Professionals

Cardiac Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) works closely with referring physicians to help them access diagnostic and treatment services for their cardiac patients. Click the link below to learn how to refer a patient to BWH’s Heart & Vascular Center. In addition to helping our physician colleagues access services, we also provide opportunities for surgeons to gain advanced surgical skills.

To Refer a Patient

Learn more about referring a patient to a cardiac surgeon at BWH.

Surgical Residency

Our internationally renowned residency programs provide intensive surgical training. The two-year ACGME-accredited Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency program prepares physicians for certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. In addition to the accredited program, we also have a number of positions for clinical and research fellows.

Non-AGME Clinical Fellowships

Senior Fellowships

The participation of non-ACGME clinical fellows helps the division manage the high volume of surgery and maintain the allowable maximum of every-third-night call for the cardiothoracic residents. The clinical fellows serve at the discretion of the cardiothoracic chief resident to provide enhanced coverage of surgical cases. Highly skilled cardiac surgeons from all over the world spend one to two years in the clinical fellowship program gaining additional skill in cardiac surgery before returning to their countries of origin. For more information contact:

Junior Fellowships

The PGY-2 critical care fellowship program provides a one year experience in cardiac surgical perioperative care. The responsibilities are in most respects identical to those of second year general surgery residents who rotate through the cardiac surgery service for two months periods. This is an intensive exposure to all aspects of care of the cardiac surgical patients with a particular focus on postoperative care in the intensive care unit. In addition, fellows will participate in preoperative evaluation and decision making. Time in the operating room is also provided to gain an appreciation of cardiac pathology, surgical techniques and intraoperative physiology.

Patients are managed by the PGY-2 fellow in conjunction with attending staff, senior fellows and residents, fellow PGY-2 residents, physician assistants and consultants. Skills in commonly performed postoperative procedures (e.g. central venous and arterial line placement, bronchoscopy, and chest tube placement) are performed under supervision. Educational content includes daily didactic teaching sessions with attending staff, as well as weekly morbidity and mortality and teaching conferences sponsored by the Department of Surgery and the Division of Cardiac Surgery. For more information please contact:

Research Fellowship

To inquire about a research fellowship, please send a letter of inquiry and a copy of your curriculum vitae to Kaitlin Mooney, Academic Affairs Coordinator, Division of Cardiac Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115. Your letter of inquiry should summarize your previous clinical and research training and indicate your specific areas of interest within the fields of cardiothoracic surgery. Please specify in your letter that you are applying for a non-ACGME position.

At this time, the Division is accepting applications for Research Fellowships in the Clinical Outcomes pathway only. This involves researching the extensive cardiac surgery databases and writing publications outlining BWH experiences in the various aspects of Cardiac Surgery. It also involves participation in various intra-institutional inter-departmental and inter-institutional projects as well.

View more information on surgical education and training opportunities.

Cardiac Surgery Videos

Visit Brigham and Women’s Hospital YouTube channel to view cardiac surgery videos.


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