The Divisions of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Virginia together sponsor our nationally recognized academic training program for Thoracic Surgery. The thoracic surgery program has been training physicians in Thoracic Surgery since 1955 when William H. Muller Jr. MD established the program. Since that time, faculty members of the Division have continued the commitment to excellence in preparing physicians for careers in Thoracic surgery, teaching, and research.
The Integrated Thoracic Surgery Residency program at the University of Virginia, approved January 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.
Welcome to UVA Thoracic Surgery
Research and Innovation
Many incredible opportunities exist at the University of Virginia to become involved in outcomes, translational, or basic science research. We are currently funded by an NIH T32 training grant that allows our residents to spend dedicated time advancing the field of cardiothoracic surgery through a variety of projects.
At the conclusion of the PGY-2 year, each resident is required to spend 2 years pursuing academic development. This dedicated time is most often spent completing research projects in cardiac and thoracic surgery. Many opportunities exist in translational science such as working with both small and large animal models which also provides trainees the ability to develop their technical skills within cardiothoracic surgery. There is also a research committee led by trainees that completes a multitude of outcomes based projects each year.
During these years, residents have the opportunity to complete Master’s Programs in a variety of disciplines offered through the University of Virginia. Previous residents have earned degrees in Clinical Research, Business Administration, Public Health, and Data Science.
For over two decades, the Kron/Laubach lab has been investigating lung injury as it pertains to ischemia and reperfusion, during lung transplantation, and during cardiopulmonary bypass. Dr. Roeser’s research focuses on innovative technologies to treat ARDS and burn injuries. Dr. Teman’s research interests are in the detection and prevention of organ damage related to cardiopulmonary bypass. Collectively, this lab has had numerous grants from the NIH, DOD, and American Heart Association.
The department of Surgery at UVA developed a Surgical Innovation Center in 2016. Since then, we have developed, disclosed, and patented dozens of medical devices and concepts. The Innovation Center is a partnership between our department and the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Darden School of Business, and UVA’s License and Ventures Group. UVA cardiac surgeons have been leading these efforts with several devices in development.
Current I-6 Residents
Robert Hawkins – PGY-6
Hometown: McLean, VA Undergraduate: Middlebury College Graduate School: University of Virginia Medical School: University of Colorado Hobbies: Running, biking, triathlons, cooking, photography
Sarah Clark – PGY-5
Hometown: Butler, PA Undergraduate: Bucknell University Medical School: Penn State Hobbies: Trail running, ultramarathon running, skiing, horseback riding
Jared Beller – PGY-4
Hometown: Bellmore, NY Undergraduate: Duke University Medical School: New York University Hobbies: Biking, cooking, hiking
Jolian Dahl – PGY-3
Hometown: Atlanta, GA Undergraduate: University of Colorado Boulder Graduate School: University of Virginia Medical School: Emory University Hobbies: Spending time with my wife and son, hiking Shenandoah, gardening, building computers, ultimate frisbee
Erik Scott – Academic Development Year 2
Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL Undergraduate: University of South Florida Graduate School: University of South Florida Medical School: Howard University Hobbies: Tennis, movies, traveling, running, weight training
Evan Rotar – Academic Development Year 1
Hometown: Warwick, NY Undergraduate: University at Buffalo Graduate School: Case Western Reserve University Medical School: University of Toledo Hobbies: Cooking with my wife, weight-lifting, running, backgammon, watching Formula 1 and anything car-related
Raymond Strobel – PGY-2
Hometown: Rumford, Rhode Island
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Graduate School: University of Michigan
Medical School: University of Michigan
Hobbies: Model-making, enjoying nature (walks, runs, you name it)
Alex Wisniewski – PGY-1
Hometown: Toledo, OH Undergraduate: University of Toledo Medical School: University of Toledo Hobbies: Soccer, hiking, running, snowboarding, piano and guitar
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.
Residents within the integrated program rotate through a variety of services geared toward developing autonomous cardiothoracic surgeons. Through a strong relationship with both General Surgery and Vascular Surgery, our residents develop the necessary technical skills and clinical knowledge applicable to managing patients with surgical thoracic and cardiovascular disease.
I-6 Program Graduates
Emily Downs, MD (2020)
Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellow at the University of Colorado (2020-Present)
Cynthia Choate, MD (2019)
Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA (2019-Present)
Kenan W. Yount, MD (2018)
Attending Cardiac Surgeon at the University of Virginia (2019-Present)
Advanced Fellowship in Catheter-Based Structural Heart Disease at the University of Virginia (2018-2019)
John Kern, MD
Program Director, Thoracic Surgery Residency, Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of Virginia Graduate Medical Education Office
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