The Traditional (Independent) Thoracic Surgery Residency
Our 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 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.
The residency program spans the continuum of care from pre-operative assessment, planning and executing cardiothoracic surgical operations, providing critical care, supervising post-operative recovery, and participating in post surgical discharge follow up. Residents are exposed to a multitude of new and innovative treatments such as minimally-invasive adult cardiac surgery, off-pump coronary cases, VATS lobectomies and segmentectomies, advanced laparoscopy and thoracoscopy, aortic stent grafts, ventricular assist devices, and percutaneous valve implantations.
The primary goal of our program is to produce cardiothoracic surgeons who are competitive for both premier academic and private practice jobs at the completion of their training. Our residents are exposed to a high volume of complex cases which ensures a stellar operative and clinical experience. Given the high volume of clinical work there is no time for any laboratory research, although clinical projects, papers, and presentations are strongly encouraged and supported.
Current Traditional Thoracic Surgery Residents
J. Hunter Mehaffey – CT-2
General Surgery Residency: University of Virginia
Mickey Ising – CT-1
General Surgery Residency: University of Louisville
Kunal Patel – CT-1
General Surgery Residency: Medical University of South Carolina
The Joint (4-3) Thoracic Surgery Residency Program
The Joint (4-3) 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 after the completion of the University of Virginia General Surgery Residency. Additionally, dedicated time on adult cardiac and general thoracic surgical services is completed in the PGY4 general surgery year. 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.
One (1) categorical resident from the General Surgery program at UVA is selected in the 3rd clinical year, following completion of their 2 dedicated years of research. These residents become board certified in both General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery at the conclusion of their training.
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.