Current Residents

Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgical Program

PGY1

Terrance Pong

Undergraduate: UC, San Diego
Medical School: UC, San Francisco

What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?
"The field of Cardiothoracic surgery has a remarkable history of surgical innovation and technological ingenuity. It is a privilege to be able to work with an organ as dynamic as the heart."

What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?
"Stanford has fostered a unique ecosystem that supports research, innovation and resident training. The residency program provides an extraordinary opportunity to train under world class surgeons committed to academic excellence."

Patrick Loftus

Undergraduate: University of Utah
Medical School: University of Utah

What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?
"Cardiothoracic surgery is exciting! It is the perfect mix of technical perfection, elevated clinical knowledge, and critical care. Each patient has a unique and humbling perspective on life that’s hard to find elsewhere – a constant reminder to not forget what matters most."

What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?
"Aside from being world-renowned and true powerhouses of the field, Stanford’s cardiothoracic surgery faculty are kind good-hearted people. Their dedication to education is refreshing and the opportunities for medical innovation and research are limitless."

Albert "AJ" Pedroza

PGY2

Hanjay Wang

Undergraduate: Harvard University
Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career? 
"Cardiothoracic surgery is elegant, effective, and unceasingly demands my best every day. Also, the patients, both children and adults, come from all walks of life and altogether reveal the immense breadth of the human condition."

What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?
"The legacy of Dr. Shumway, the close mentorship by the current faculty, the innovative spirit of the Bay Area, and the genuine sense of family within our residency program make the training environment at Stanford truly extraordinary."

Michael Paulsen

(Currently doing research)

Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: University of Michigan

What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career? 
"Cardiothoracic surgery allows you to utilize both your mind and hands in order to provide tangible and enduring improvements in patients' quality and quantity of life."

What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?
"Stanford has a longstanding tradition and commitment to educating leaders in academic cardiothoracic surgery, transforming residents into outstanding clinical surgeons, astute researchers, and dedicated teachers."

Patpilai Kasinpila

Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: University of Florida

What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career? 
"The field is a fascinating combination of engineering, physiology, and medicine. Most of all,  the physical finesse and the mental prowess that I've seen in the operating room are absolutely captivating."

What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?
"The passion for teaching and the legacy are what first drew me to the program. Now, what I enjoy most about my training here is the atmosphere of being in a large family, where everyone looks out for one another."


 

PGY3

Peter Chiu

(Currently doing research)

Undergraduate: Yale University
Medical School: Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons

What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career? 
"Cardiothoracic surgery is both technically demanding and elegant. Further, the patient narratives are the most compelling."

What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?
"The opportunity to train under giants in cardiothoracic surgery and join a line of distinguished graduates makes the clinical and research experience at Stanford unparalleled."


 

Sumanth Kidambi

Undergraduate: University of Illinois
Medical School: University of Illinois

What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career? 
"For me, it was the ideal combination of medicine and surgery. There's a lot of complex pathophysiology involved and the procedures require a great deal of technical skill. In addition, you have the opportunity and privilege of taking care of some really sick patients."

What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?
"There's a great tradition for cardiothoracic surgery at Stanford and it's humbling to be a part of that. The emphasis on education is tremendous here and you really get the sense that they are training you not just to be good clinicians but good leaders. I also like the overall culture of Stanford and the Bay Area in terms of their enthusiasm for new ideas."

PGY4

Christina Greene

Undergraduate: Massachusetts’s Institute of Technology
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career? 
"I enjoy the technical challenge of cardiothoracic operations and the dynamic physiology of the heart. Cardiothoracic surgery and especially congenital cardiothoracic surgery are the epitome of 'Mens et Manus.'"

What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?
"Stanford is a heritage cardiothoracic program and has long produced leaders in cardiothoracic surgery. The opportunity to be trained by so many master surgeons and world class surgeon scientists who are simultaneously committed to your education and career development is unparalleled."

Elizabeth "Betsy" Colwell

PGY5

David Scoville

Undergraduate: Brigham Young University
Medical School: University of Kansas

What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career? 
"I enjoy the mental and technical demands of cardiothoracic operations and the intellectual challenge of pre-operative decision making and postoperative critical care management. It is truly an invigorating field."

What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?
"Stanford’s track record is unmatched and stems from the unique training environment established by Dr. Shumway and perpetuated by current faculty where residents are guided and mentored by leaders in cardiothoracic surgery."

PGY6

Zach Brewer

Undergraduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career? 
"Cardiothoracic surgeons are the engineers of the surgical community: they carefully plan, design, build, and troubleshoot. CT surgery is where the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and complex co-morbidities of patients intertwines with dexterity, stamina, and empathy to produce a result that no medicine can."

What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?
"Stanford offers an unparalleled training environment and is committed to training the next generation of cardiothoracic surgeons. No other place has such a marked place in the history of the field and yet has such a firm grasp of the future."

Sanford Zeigler

Undergraduate: University of the South
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina

What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career? 
"Cardiothoracic Surgery is a complex, dynamic field that requires a high level of functioning both with the hands and in the mind. CT Surgery is often transformative for the patients that need it, and can drastically improve their quality of life."

What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?
"Stanford has a long history of training leaders in CT Surgery, and its Integrated Program is the natural progression of this tradition. The accelerated pace of the program in conjunction with a culture of meritocracy within the University allows residents to assume leadership roles in the OR and hospital far more quickly than would be expected in a traditional training pathway."