Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency / Fellowships

Indiana University School of Medicine

The Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Indiana University now offers an integrated six-year residency program.  In August 2012, approval for accreditation of the six-year integrated program was obtained.  This program is designed for residents entering directly from medical school for training in cardiothoracic surgery.  Upon completion of the six-year program, residents will be eligible for certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.  There is one (1) position each year designated for the integrated six-year program.   The integrated curriculum includes rotations in general surgery, trauma, transplant, adult and pediatric cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery, endoscopy, cardiac catheterization and echocardiography, and surgical ICU.  The residency program will run concurrently with the nationally recognized and established thoracic surgery fellowship program.

The Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery has a 40-year history of educating adult and pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons.  Throughout the first two decades, the program consisted of a 2-year residency.  As the third decade emerged, the beginning of specialization training developed within the educational program and congenital heart surgery fellowships were added to the menu of educational offerings as was an adult cardiac and transplantation fellowship.  Early in the fourth decade of the program’s existence, we felt the expansion of clinical specialization and complexity of procedures within the spectrum of thoracic surgery mandated 36 months in training for residents to be adequately and competently prepared in the new millennium.  The standard residency-training program was therefore expanded to three years (36 months) of dedicated thoracic surgery education.

The primary goals and objectives of the residency are to educate well-trained and qualified surgeons who possess both the technical and personal attributes to become skillful surgeons in the operating room and at the bedside.  It is our mandate as educators to do what we can to ensure all finishing residents have received the necessary training to become ABTS certified and provide competent surgical care to the community as a whole.

The overall goal and objective of the Indiana University Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Residency Program is the development of the complete clinical and academic surgeon.  At the completion of the program, residents will demonstrate proficiency in all aspects of clinical cardiothoracic surgery, possess a knowledge base and adeptness in clinical research as well as be competitive for all professional opportunities.

Residency applicants will be considered based on their academic credentials, communication skills, and their motivation and preparedness for education in cardiothoracic surgery.

  • USMLE step 1 and step 2 exams must be completed.

Graduates of a US or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee of Medical Education (LCME) or otherwise should be qualified as specified below:

  • A graduate of a US college of osteopathic medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • A graduate of a medical school outside the US and Canada who has received a
    current valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) prior to appointment.

Eligible applicants will participate through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) process and only accepts applications via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Integrated Thoracic Surgery (I-6) Application Process and Schedule:

Applicants will be required to provide a completed application, two letters of recommendation, medical school transcript and Dean’s letter, a personal statement, and USMLE transcript.

ERAS schedule - September 15 -  Applicants may begin applying to ACGME accredited programs.

Interview Dates – November through January

Interview day will include a presentation of the integrated program, interviews with the faculty, and a tour of the hospitals.  The current residents will take the invited interview candidates to dinner the evening before.

For additional information or questions, please contact the Residency Coordinator:


Cherron Jones
Phone: (317) 274-7105
E-mail:  jones562(at)


A one-year program is available for individuals seeking additional training in Thoracic Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support. Eligible candidates must have completed a United States, board-approved training program in cardiothoracic surgery and are eligible for medical licensure in the State of Indiana.

Cardiac training will emphasize surgery for congestive heart failure, while pulmonary training will emphasize surgical management of end-stage lung disease. This includes ventricular assist devices, total artificial heart devices, heart transplantation, complex cardiac surgery on low EF patients, lung transplantation and ECMO. In addition, the program is participating in several trials with innovative therapies and devices for patients with end-stage heart and lung disease, including being an approved site for Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion, as well as Transmedics Organ Care System for both Heart & Lungs. The program performs a significant number of heart transplants, ECMO support, ventricular assist devices, and lung transplants each year. At the end of the year, the fellow will be competent in heart and lung procurement and implantations of hearts, lungs, and ventricular assist devices, as well as the initiation and care of ECMO. The fellow will also rotate on the cardiology heart failure service and the pulmonary transplant service.

Indiana University Health, Indiana University School of Medicine transplant program comprises heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas, intestine, bone marrow and stem cell transplant, and is the most comprehensive program in the State of Indiana, and one of the top ten transplant centers by volume in the United States.

Clinical research opportunities are also available and strongly encouraged. Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and 3 references.

Z. Hashmi, MD
Director of Fellowship Program
Thoracic Transplantation & MCS

Send to:
Brianne L. Nickel
545 Barnhill Drive, Emerson Hall 125
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
Ph: 317.274.4966
Fx: 317.274.8769

Department of Surgery | 545 Barnhill Drive, Emerson Hall 203, Indianapolis, In 46202 | Phone: (317) 274-5771