Thoracic Surgery-Independent Fellowship

About the Program

Thoracic Surgery Fellowship

The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery offers a two-year thoracic surgery fellowship program that is accredited by the ACGME. During the two-year program, fellows will rotate full time at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, and the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital to provide trainees with an in-depth experience of cardiothoracic care.

The objective of our two-year fellowship is to train outstanding clinicians in the field of Cardiothoracic Surgery encompassing the full spectrum of CT surgery. We train our fellows in minimally invasive techniques for CT surgery, heart and lung transplants, and instill interest in scientific investigations. We are passionate about helping trainees achieve their career goals, whether those be private practice or an academic career.

During your time as a fellow at Iowa, you will have flexibility with your rotation experience depending on your individual interest. Fellows will assume administrative responsibilities during their training to provide experience in managing busy clinical services.

Upon graduation, residents are eligible for the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) qualifying and certifying exams setting them up for successful careers in academic or private practice settings.

Conferences

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery Conference Schedule:

Monday
7 AM – Cardiothoracic Resident Conference

Tuesday
7 AM – Thoracic Tumor Board
7:15 AM – Adult Cardiac High-Risk Conference

Wednesday
7AM - Cardiothoracic Grand Rounds(2nd Wednesday of the month)
7AM - Supplemental Education Conference (4th Wednesday of the month)

Thursday
7:15AM - Cardiothoracic/Cardiology Conference

Friday
7 AM – Adult Cardiac Team ICU Rounds
1 PM - Surgical Skills Lab

 

Fellows will have the opportunity to attend annual conferences:

  • TSDA (Thoracic Surgery Directors Association) Boot Camp (for first year fellows)
  • AATS (American Association for Thoracic Surgery)
  • STS (Society of Thoracic Surgeons)

Fellows will also have the opportunity to attend other conferences if they have been accepted to present and have received departmental approval.

Research

Research in the department of cardiothoracic surgery is diverse and robust and an integral part of our mission at Iowa. Research opportunities in adult cardiac, general thoracic, and pediatric cardiac surgery include outcomes research, clinical trials, quality improvement initiatives, education, case reports, and basic science. While not required, we actively support and encourage our fellows to identify projects of interest and work to submit their research to national meetings and for publication.

Typical Schedule

Fellows will spend their training at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital

A sample training program is listed below. Schedules may vary by individuals’ interest in either cardiac or thoracic surgery. This schedule is only an example: there may be variations throughout each year.

Year 1
Block Number of Blocks
Adult Cardiac Surgery 6
General Thoracic Surgery 4
Pediatric Cardiac Surgery                               3

 

Year 2
Block Number of Blocks
Adult Cardiac Surgery 4
General Thoracic Surgery 7
Pediatric Cardiac Surgery                                2

 

How to Apply

Applications for the Thoracic Surgery Fellowship will be accepted through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service).

Eligible candidates must have completed an approved General Surgery residency prior to the initiation of the fellowship and be eligible for certification by the ABTS (American Board of Thoracic Surgery).

Our program selects one candidate into the fellowship program each year or every other year through the NRMP (National Resident Matching Program).

American Board of Thoracic Surgery Certification

In order to be eligible for American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) certification, candidates must fulfill all residency and operative requirements of the ABTS in force at the time their applications are received.

For more information on the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and their certification process, visit the ABTS website

Our People

At Iowa, you will be exposed to some of the best clinicians, researchers, and teachers in our profession. Through formal mentoring programs as well as an open-door philosophy, we provide high-powered opportunities for you to learn career-long lessons from these dedicated professionals.

Current Fellows

Fellow

Katie Davick, MD

University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

 

 

Our Faculty

The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery has faculty whose clinical, teaching, and research expertise spans a comprehensive and immersive experience into the diagnosis, management and treatment of all aspects of cardiovascular and thoracic diseases.

Cardiothoracic Surgery Faculty

Evgeny Arshava

Evgeny Arshava, MD, FACS

Clinical Associate Professor
Thoracic Surgery Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
1-319-356-2032
evgeny-arshava@uiowa.edu

Mohammed Bashir

Mohammad Bashir, MBBS

Clinical Associate Professor, Structural Heart Disease Program Surgical Director
Adult Cardiac Surgery Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
1-319-356-4087
mohammad-bashir@uiowa.edu


Moshem Karimi

Mohsen Karimi, MD, MS, MBA

Clinical Professor, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
1-319-353-6810
mohsen-karimi@uiowa.edu

John Keech

John Keech, MD, FACS

Clinical Associate Professor, Educational Program Director, 
Director of the Center for Procedural Skills and Simulation
Thoracic Surgery Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
1-319-356-4518
john-keech@uiowa.edu

Sharon Beth Larson

Sharon Beth Larson, DO, MS, FACOS

Clinical Assistant Professor, ECMO Surgical Director
Adult Cardiac Surgery Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
1-319-356-1330
sharon-larson@uiowa.edu

Ali Nasr

Ali Nasr, MD, PhD, FETCS, FACS

Clinical Assistant Professor
Adult Cardiac Surgery/Procurement Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
1-319-356-0848
ali-nasr@uiowa.edu

Anthony Panos

Anthony Panos, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS

Adult Cardiac Surgery Professor, Heart Transplant Surgical Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support Surgical Director
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
1-319-356-8868
anthony-panos@uiowa.edu  

Kalpaj Parekh

Kalpaj Parekh, MBBS

Nicholas P. Rossi Professor, Interim Chair and DEO
Professor, Lung Transplant Surgical Director
Thoracic Surgery Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
1-319-353-6758
kalpaj-parekh@uiowa.edu

Marco Ricci

Marco Ricci, MD, MBA

Professor of Surgery, Chief Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
1-319-467-5133
marco-ricci@uiowa.edu

Arun Singhal

Arun Singhal, MD, PhD, FACS

Clinical Associate Professor
Adult Cardiac Surgery Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
1-319-384-8365
arun-singhal@uiowa.edu 

Anthony Swatek, MD

Assistant Professor
Thoracic Surgery Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
319-353-8476
anthony-swatek@uiowa.edu
 


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