The Traditional (Independent) Thoracic Surgery Residency

Residency Program

Mammary TakedownOur 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.

Current Traditional Thoracic Surgery Residents
Clinical Curriculum
The Joint (4-3) Thoracic Surgery Residency Program

VATS Lung ResectionThe 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.

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).