Thoracic Surgery Residency


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


Educational Program

VATS Lung Resection 2The 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 Integrated (I-6) Thoracic Surgery Residency

The Integrated (I-6) 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 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 (Independent) Thoracic Surgery Residency

The Traditional (Independent) Thoracic Surgery 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

Medical Center Main Entrance at NightThere 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 opened in 2020 adds new dedicated cardiac and hybrid operating rooms as well as a new cardiac and vascular ICU.


Thoracic Surgery Graduates 1We 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.

Living In Charlottesville

View of the UVA Medical Center from BelmontCharlottesville, Virginia is a vibrant college town with outstanding cultural and outdoor activities, regional cuisine, and championship-level sporting events. We encourage you to discover what a great place Charlottesville is to live, work, and play. Go Hoos!

University of Virginia Graduate Medical Education Office

The University of Virginia has an outstanding office of Graduate Medical Education with robust resources, programs and initiatives including a leading House Staff Council for Diversity and Inclusion. Learn more here about GME support and advocacy during your training at UVA.

Application Process

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

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Residents, fellows, and faculty participating in our first Cadaveric Surgical Sim lab of the academic year, focused on vascular access! Great environment to reinforce fundamentals key to technical excellence in cardiothoracic surgery.

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