Thoracic Surgery Residency


Photo: UVA Medical Student in training with DoctorThe Thoracic Surgery Residency Program at the University of Virginia was established in 1955 by Dr. William H. Muller. Our current Thoracic Surgery Residency Program Director is Dr. John Kern, and the Associate Program Directors are Dr. Curt Tribble and Dr. Linda Martin. The Traditional Thoracic Residency and the General Thoracic Track Residency have different NRMP Match numbers.

There are currently four Thoracic Surgery training paradigms at UVA, which include:

  • The Integrated Thoracic Residency Program (I-6): 1 resident per year.
  • The Joint Thoracic Residency Program (4-3): 1 resident per year.
  • The Traditional Thoracic Residency (2 years of CT training): 1 per year.
  • The General Thoracic Track Residency (2 years of CT training): 1 per year.
  • Three residents, in some combination of these training paradigms, finish each year.
Educational Program

The primary goal of the Thoracic Surgery residency at the University of Virginia is to educate and train the next generation of cardiothoracic surgeons. These trainees have consistently been chosen from amongst the most superior applicants and are welcomed into the UVA family of cardiothoracic surgeons. In order to achieve our educational goals, our primary focus is on the operative experience of the residents, with early and increasing autonomy for the residents as they gain experience in the preoperative, perioperative and postoperative management of our cardiothoracic surgical patients. The operative experience is complemented by didactic conferences, simulation, and multidisciplinary team meetings.

The University of Virginia Integrated-6 Thoracic Surgery Residency

The 6 year Integrated Thoracic Surgery Residency program at the University of Virginia, which was approved in 2011, is designed for residents entering directly from medical school for training in cardiothoracic surgery. Upon completion of the six year program, residents will be eligible for certification by The American Board of Thoracic Surgery. There is one (1) position each year designated for the I-6 program.

The Traditional 2 Year Thoracic Residency

Our current thoracic surgery residency program director is Dr. John Kern, and the associate directors are Dr. Curt Tribble and Dr. Linda Martin. The residency program at the University of Virginia consists of two (2) continuous years of clinical training in adult cardiac, general thoracic, and pediatric cardiac surgery. All of the cardiothoracic surgical training is based at the University of Virginia Medical Center. At the completion of this clinical training, residents are eligible for certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. All UVA Thoracic Surgery residents have passed their ABTS examinations and are board-certified.

Clinical Facilities

There are over 35 operating rooms at the University Hospital, all of which have been recently renovated to have state-of-the-art facilities. In recent years, the UVA Medical center added over 100 more beds, 75 of which are private critical care beds. The new hospital tower is scheduled to open in 2020, and this tower will add about one third more space for the operating room and for clinical beds, both regular hospital rooms and ICU space. The new OR’s will include a number of dedicated cardiac rooms as well as additional hybrid operating rooms.


We are very proud of the cardiothoracic surgeons who have received their training at the University of Virginia. We view the education of these men and women as one of the primary goals of our program. The clinical volumes and the educational value of the program have increased over the years which has allowed us to evolve from finishing one resident per year to three residents per year. Approximately 50% of the surgeons we have trained have practices in academic institutions, while the remaining 50% are in private practice, many of whom have academic affiliations.

At the University of Virginia we participate in the Thoracic Surgery match coordinated through the NRMP. Applications to our program should be made through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS AAMC).