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Thoracic surgery encompasses the operative, peri-operative, and critical care of patients with pathologic conditions within the chest. This includes the surgical care of: coronary artery disease; diseases of the trachea, lungs, esophagus, and chest wall; abnormalities of the great vessels and heart valves; congenital anomalies of the chest and heart; tumors of the mediastinum; diseases of the diaphragm; and management of chest injuries.

The educational mission of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program is to provide the residents with broad clinical experience, factual knowledge, technical skills, and clinical judgment.  This is achieved by progressive delegation of increasing responsibility in order to effectively and independently manage a broad spectrum of thoracic surgery and cardiovascular disorders. The program strives to foster the development  of critical and independent thinking and appropriate decision making in the residents.

Our program is an Independent Program (traditional format): Two years of cardio-thoracic surgery education. Our program is eligible to appoint two thoracic surgery residents per year.

ACGME Accredited: Yes
Residents or Fellows per year: Two
Duration: Two years
Postgraduate Training Required: Yes
U.S. Citizenship Required: No

Residents/Fellows who have graduated our program in the last 10 years obtained faculty positions at:

  • Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami
  • Kendall Regional
  • Drexel University Medical Center
  • St. Christopher’s Hospital
  • Memorial Health Care of Hollywood
  • St. Agnes Hospital

Teaching Hospitals

  • Jackson Health System
  • University of Miami Hospital
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center

Completed general surgery or vascular surgery residency accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME); or general surgery, cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, or vascular surgery residency approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Application Deadline
February 15

The cardiothoracic surgery residency encompasses three integrated institutions: Jackson Memorial Hospital/Holtz Children’s Hospital, University of Miami Hospital, and the VA Medical Center. During the two-year residency, thoracic surgery residents have the opportunity to spend time at each of these institutions. They all serve a special need and offer outstanding educational opportunities.

All residents have protected academic time every Thursday from 4 PM – 5 PM
Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Case presentation takes place the 2nd Thursday of every month.  Mock Orals take place on the 4th Thursday of every month.
Residents will be assigned to review chapters of the National TSC on the other Thursdays to cover the entirety of the Thoracic Surgery Curriculum during two years of residency.

Additional academic activities depend on each rotation:

Jackson Memorial Hospital

  1. Congenital heart sign out: Monday at 7:00 AM
  2. Congenital cath conference: Wednesday at 7:00 AM
  3. Transplant Conference: Wednesday at 8:00 AM
  4. General surgery M&M: Thursday at 7:00 AM
  5. General surgery Grand Rounds: Friday at 7:00 AM

University of Miami Hospital (UHealth Tower)

  1. Cath conference: Tuesday at 7:00 AM
  2. Cardiology Grand Rounds: Wednesday at 7:30 AM
  3. Structural Heart conference: Thursday at 7:00 AM
  4. Cardiology Lecture: Friday at 7:00 AM

General Thoracic Surgery

  1. Tumor board: Thursday at 2:30 PM

Veterans Administration Cardiothoracic Surgery

  1. Cath Conference: Tuesday at 8:00 AM
  2. Tumor Board: Wednesday at 2:00 PM

Maria Isabel Otero
Program Coordinator

Nestor Villamizar
Program Director

Prospective Residents

Physicians Services / Housestaff Office
Jackson Memorial Hospital
East Tower Room 1004
1611 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123

Graduate Medical Education Office
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Institute 118B
1611 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136
Phone: 305-585-4310
Fax: 305-585-4309