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 primary focus of our program is to produce cardiothoracic surgeons who are competitive for both premier academic and private practice jobs. Our residents are exposed to a high volume of complex cases. 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.


Faculty and residents share their education experiences.

Educational Program

Training overview.

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Integrated (I-6) Residency

Rigorous clinical and research experience.

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Traditional (Independent) Residency

Rigorous clinical experience.

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UVA Thoracic Surgery legacy.

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Clinical Facilities

State of the art training center.

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Living in Charlottesville

Vibrant college town.

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Application Info

Applications to our program are accepted through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS AAMC).

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What strategies can we use to optimize patients w/ hx of serious mental illness (SMI) for cardiac surgery?

Tyerman and authors found that a history of SMI (namely psychosis) is assoc. with poor outcomes.

Psychiatry definitely not a strong suit for me.

CMS was right to improve reimbursement for primary care.

Their solution to funding this however - by decimating reimbursement to cardiothoracic surgery, along with many other surgical specialties - is a nonstarter (1 of 3)

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