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VCU Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University VCU Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

VCU Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Resident training

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Virginia Commonwealth University is enjoying an exciting period of growth and expansion. The division has a longstanding commitment to surgical education and research with the primary academic goal of creating an outstanding and fertile environment to train future generations of cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons. The seeds for this growth were sewn many years ago by the early pioneers in Cardiac, Thoracic, and Transplantation Surgery at the Medical College of Virginia.

This program has been recognized as the second oldest academic and investigative transplant center in the world. Dr. Richard Lower joined the faculty in 1965 to initiate a cardiac transplant program as one of the key steps to establish the Medical College of Virginia as a leader in the field of cardiothoracic surgery and transplantation. In addition to paving the way in thoracic organ transplantation, the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery has sustained an extraordinary practice in general thoracic surgery and is among the region's leading centers in the development of minimally invasive surgical procedures to diagnose and treat diseases of the chest. The Hunter Holmes McGuire Veteran's Administration Medical Center has a distinguished history as one of the nations busiest and top ranked VA hospitals and provides a key component of the training environment. The Richmond VA now serves as the only in house transplantation and mechanical assist device service in the country and is positioned to be a preeminent cardiovascular, thoracic and transplant center in the future.

With the addition of energetic, and accomplished surgical faculty from renowned institutions across the country, the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery has demonstrated a commitment to patient care, outstanding clinical outcomes, and exceptional patient and referring physician satisfaction, re-establishing this division as a regional and national leader in cardiothoracic surgery. The many exciting clinical programs emphasized in the division include the development of minimally invasive surgical techniques for valvar heart disease, coronary artery bypass surgery, diagnosis, staging and treatment of benign and malignant pulmonary and esophageal diseases, the development of a mechanical circulatory support program including the total artificial heart, continued growth of the heart transplant program, and the development of surgical approaches to treat cardiac arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation.

All of these developments have positioned the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Virginia Commonwealth Univeristy to assume a leadership role in the cardiothoracic surgery community. If you find this program of further interest, please feel free to contact us.