Student Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery Research

The Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center and Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University want to stimulate interest, knowledge, and investigative research in students in Cardiothoracic Surgery fields. These named fellowships support students in learning basic science techniques and conducting research projects in a laboratory during the summer. In addition, all students will participate in a weekly Journal Club meeting to read scientific literature, discuss concepts, present ideas, and expand their critical thinking skills.

Eligible applicants include students who have previously attended the Summer Internship Program or Stanford undergraduate students who have previously worked in a Cardiothoracic Surgery laboratory. Individuals who are interested in applying must fill out both he general application and the specific essay questions for each named fellowship. Each student may apply to only one of the following named fellowships. We anticipate a high competition for these fellowships, so award recipients must be able to participate for at least 8 weeks full time.

A stipend will be awarded to fellowship recipients at the end of the 8 weeks. The stipends may be used for student expenses such as housing, transportation, meals, or other costs incurred by the student during the summer.

Limited housing space is available for fellowship students. Housing accommodations will be provided for students depending on availability. The cost for Stanford campus housing is $6,000, which includes room, three meals per day per student in the dining hall, and 24/7 supervision for students under the age of eighteen.

All parts of the application (letters of recommendation, essays, transcripts, etc.) must be complete and submitted by 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time by the application deadline shown to the right under IMPORTANT DATES.

To submit your application, please send all documents to the contact listed below:

Mikaela Louie, Program Coordinator
Stanford University School of Medicine
Falk Cardiovascular Research Bldg.
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
300 Pasteur Drive, CV-015
Stanford CA 94305-5407
Phone: (650) 725-3836
Email: m2louie@stanford.edu
Fax: (650) 498-8614

Important Dates

  • Application deadline: March 24th, 2017

        Online application live

  • Notification of award status: April 28th, 2017

  • Fellowship start date: June 25th, 2017

  • Fellowship end date: August 18th, 2017


Available Fellowships


Dr. Michael P. Fischbein Fellowship
in Cardiothoracic Surgery Research

Michael Fischbein, MD, PhD is a Board Certified Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University. He received his BS in 1990 from the University of California, Los Angeles and his MD in 1995 from Boston University School of Medicine. He received his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001, where he also completed his General Surgery residency training. After completing his residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University in 2006, he joined the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He is currently the Program Director and Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Fischbein’s research interest is in the molecular mechanisms of aneurysm formation in Marfan syndrome. His laboratory has focused on the role microRNAs play during aneurysm development. More specifically, they have reported that miR-29b plays a key role in extracellular matrix remodeling, including elastin breakdown and smooth muscle cell apoptosis, during early aneurysm development. His laboratory uses a variety of experimental approaches, including molecular biology, cell biology, histology, animal models, as well as translational clinical studies.

Description of Fellowship

This fellowship is reserved for students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, volunteer service, and/or outreach experience, and who would like to explore the world of basic science research. Previous research experience is a plus, but is not necessary.

Fellowship Application

Dr. James Fann Fellowship
in Cardiothoracic Surgery Education

James Fann, MD, Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, received his BS in 1983 from Northwestern University and MD in 1985 from Northwestern University Medical School. He then served as intern and resident in general surgery at Stanford University. During his residency, he completed a two-year research fellowship as the McConnell Fellow in Cardiovascular Surgery. After completing general surgery residency at Stanford in 1992, Dr. Fann served for one year as the Stanford vascular surgery fellow. From 1993-1996, he was the resident in cardiothoracic surgery and cardiopulmonary transplantation. In 1996, he joined the faculty in the Stanford Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and is on staff at the VA Palo Alto HCS.   

Dr. Fann is a member of many medical and surgical organizations, including the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Western Thoracic Surgical Association, American College of Surgeons, International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery, American Heart Association, and American Medical Association.  He has served as Chair of the Joint Council on Thoracic Surgery Education Simulation Committee and as member of numerous committees of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Western Thoracic Surgical Association, and Joint Council on Thoracic Surgery Education. He is a council member of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association and council member and secretary of the Bay Area Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He is also co-director of the annual Boot Camp training session for cardiothoracic surgery residents sponsored by the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association.  He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and is a member of the Cardiac Consultant Subcommittee of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Fann’s research interest is in simulation-based learning and education in cardiothoracic surgery. He is also involved in clinical trials evaluating coronary artery disease and valvular heart disease. He has published articles and chapters on coronary artery disease, cardiac valve surgery, thoracic aortic disorders, and surgical education. 

Description of Fellowship

This fellowship is reserved for students who have demonstrated exceptional understanding of surgical skills as a participant in a previous session of the summer internship. This student will be given the opportunity to use the knowledge and skills that they have gained to teach current students in the simulation lab.

Fellowship Application