An advanced program is presented in the principles and practices of general thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital. This includes all pulmonary, esophageal, mediastinal and cardiovascular surgery.  The program is a 24-month residency in Thoracic, and Adult Cardiac/Congenital Surgery.

In addition to Jackson Health System/Jackson Memorial Hospital, the thoracic surgery fellows rotate through the Section of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Miami Hospital and at the Veterans Administration Medical Center.

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

Five years General Surgery in an accredited ACGME program. Be American Board of Surgery Certified or Eligible.  International medical graduates must hold a valid ECFMG Certificate.

Application Deadline
February 15

The fellowship is a two-year program.  Each year, the rotating schedule is divided as follows: 
the Thoracic Surgery fellow will spend three month in each rotating institution and six months at the parent institution to cover the Thoracic and Cardiac services. In each position the Thoracic Surgery fellow is a senior house officer on the service and is therefore responsible for the preoperative surgical care, operating experience commensurate with his/her abilities and stage of development, and the administrative direction of the service.

The thoracic surgery fellow will spend three months in the thoracic service at Jackson Memorial Hospital. His/her responsibilities will be the care of the thoracic surgical patients and endoscopic procedures. Additional house officers on the service include a second-year general surgical resident and a surgical physician’s assistant. The caseload includes a large volume of thoracic trauma since Jackson Memorial Hospital serves as a Level 1 trauma center and has an active emergency room. In addition to weekly conferences, there is a monthly Divisional Grand Rounds and Morbidity, Mortality Conferences and journal club.

During the second three-month rotation at Jackson Memorial Hospital, the thoracic surgery fellow is on the cardiac service, which includes extensive exposure to surgery for acquired heart disease.  At Jackson Health System, this service is primarily comprised of adult open-heart procedures as well as an additional number of cardiac procedures performed for congenital heart disease. The service also has an active thoracic transplant program. The thoracic surgery fellow will, in addition to his/her operative and administrative responsibilities, supervise the two residents assigned to the thoracic surgical service from general surgery and the participation of medical students who have elected the cardiothoracic surgical elective during their third year.

At the University of Miami Hospital, the thoracic surgery fellow will participate in cardiac surgery, but also unique opportunities within TAVR and surgical electrophysiology.  The thoracic surgery fellow will round on patients within the cardiac intensive care unit (ICU) and on the floor.  The thoracic surgery fellow will be assisted by nurse practitioners in these duties.  The thoracic surgery fellow will discuss cases with the Attending, prior to the procedure.

At the Veterans Administration Medical Center, the resident supervises a service responsible for both thoracic and cardiac surgery.

The volume and variety of case material will provide training in both elective and emergency cardiac procedures, pulmonary and some esophageal surgery as well as training in endoscopy and pacemaker procedures. The program will provide a large experience in surgery for acquired valvular and coronary heart disease as well as procedures for congenital cardiac lesions. This broad experience should present the resident with a well-rounded and varied caseload, which should provide excellent preparation for the board examinations in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery and future clinical practice.

Board Exam Requirements
Successfully completed the two-year program and having met the required amount of cases.

Work on projects with faculty members with potential for presentation at regional and national meetings.

Call is taken from home.

Joseph Lamelas, MD
Chief and Program Director

Nestor Villamizar, MD
Associate Program Director
Phone: 305-689-3366

Maria Isabel Otero
Program Coordinator

Office: 305-355-4933
Fellowship Office: 305-585-1293