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Thoracic Surgery Fellowship

Baylor Scott & White Health is pleased to announce that its proposed Thoracic Surgery Fellowship Program has been accredited by the ACGME. The two-year program will provide training at three clinical sites in the Dallas-Forth Metropolitan area: The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, Baylor University Medical Center, and Cook Children’s Hospital.


The Heart Hospital was ranked #18 in the nation for Cardiology & Heart Surgery and rated “High Performing” in five categories (abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, and lung cancer surgery) by the U.S. News & World Report. The Heart Hospital has also maintained a three-star quality rating (the highest possible) from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG), aortic valve replacement (AVR), and AVR+CABG, placing it in the top 1% of cardiac surgery programs in the United States (only 11 facilities out of 1,013 ranked by STS received three-starts in all three categories). The Heart Hospital performs the fifth-most valve procedures in the United States annually and is one of the busiest programs in the nation for both general thoracic and cardiac robotic surgery.


Baylor University Medical Center has been designated the #1 hospital in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and listed as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by the U.S. News & World Report for 23 consecutive years. Baylor University Medical Center maintains the second busiest heart transplant program in the United States, with over 75 transplants performed annually, and established the first ventricular assist device (VAD) program to receive the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission. Baylor University Medical Center has the busiest adult extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) program in North Texas and is home to the region’s only ECMO Deployment Program, with outcomes exceeding the national average for both cardiac and respiratory failure.


Congenital surgeons at Cook Children’s perform over 400 cardiovascular and thoracic surgeries annually, with over 250 of these on cardiopulmonary bypass. Cook Children’s is one of the few pediatric heart programs in the country to treat transposition of the great arteries via the Nikaidoh procedure and repair of tetralogy of Fallot via the unifocalization procedure.


The program faculty includes Michael Mack, MD, past-president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and Bruce Lytle, MD, past-president of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, among many other national and international leaders in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. The program director is Michael DiMaio, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon with over 20 years of experience in cardiothoracic surgical education. Two residents will enter the program each year.

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