University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Thoracic Surgery Residency Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and is Iowa’s only cardiothoracic training program. Our traditional fellowship has been in existence since 1949, the first year the American Board of Thoracic Surgery recognized training programs and is one of the three oldest programs in the country. Our integrated residency program received accreditation in 2014 and accepted its first resident starting July of 2015.

The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery has continually been on the forefront of innovation and technological advancements in cardiac, thoracic, and pediatric cardiac surgery. Our faculty and trainees continue with this spirit of hard work and diligence in the fight against chest disease.