Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (ACTA) Fellowship

Important Dates


The Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Division at Stanford University School of Medicine offers 8 ACGME positions each year to qualified applicants interested in an Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (ACTA) fellowship.  This fellowship program provides an intensive one-year clinical training program designed to prepare graduates for clinical and academic leadership positions in the practice of cardiothoracic anesthesiology and cardiovascular critical care.  We are dedicated to providing state-of-the-art training and experience in a multidisciplinary academic environment that advances fellows knowledge, skills and attitudes in the preparation to become an independent ACTA practitioner. 

Completion of the ACTA fellowship program fulfills the ACGME program requirements for Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology as well as the National Board of Echocardiography (NBE) requirements for certification in Advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography.

Many of the fellows in the program elect to complete a combined 2-year fellowship in both Anesthesia Critical Care Medicine and Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, with an emphasis in Cardiovascular Surgical Critical Care.


Rotations include thirteen 4-week blocks during the academic year for a total of 52 weeks of fellowship instruction.
The rotation schedule consists of:


28 Weeks


6 Weeks


12 Weeks

Dedicated TEE Education

4 Weeks

Academic Time

2 Weeks

Clinical Sites

SHC is a state-of-the-art hospital that opened in November 2019 and features 10 fully modernized cardiothoracic and vascular operating rooms, including 3 hybrid operating rooms.  Each operating room is equipped with the latest echocardiography technology, including 3D-transesohpageal and transesophageal echocardiography capabilities. 

Cardiac surgical case volume is over 1400 cases annually, and includes a wide variety of complex procedures in a high acuity patient population.

Clinical Experience

Education & Scholarship

Diversity and Well-Being

Additional Information

How to Apply

All applicants must apply through the SF Match Central Application Service (CAS).
Please do not email supplemental materials unless asked to do so.

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must be:

  • A graduate of an ACGME-accredited Anesthesiology Residency Program
  • Eligible for a Medical Board of California License

International Medical Graduates can contact the program directly regarding eligibility requirements.

Important Dates

  • Applications Accepted
    Applications are accepted November 6, 2023 – March 6, 2024
  • Application File Review
    Starting December 2023
  • Application Deadline
    March 6, 2024
  • Interviews
    March 2024
  • Rank Lists Due
    June 5, 2024
  • Match Results
    June 19, 2024

Combined ACCM-ACTA Fellowship


Dual 2-year combined Fellowships:  This fellowship track involves the trainee complete both an ACCM and ACTA fellowship over a two-year consecutive period after completing an approved ACGME anesthesia residency program.  The 2-year dual ACCM and ACTA fellowship at SHC is considered two separate ACGME programs. 

It is important to note for the combined fellowship:

  • Interested applicants are required to apply through the ACCM program ONLY.
  • Review the ACCM website to review the timeline and instructions.
  • Applicants should NOT apply to both ACTA and ACCM due to SF Match application costs associated with applying to multiple programs.  
  • Within the SF Match system, submitting 1 application it is NOT currently an option.
  • EMAIL letting us know you have submitted your application through the ACCM SF Match program and wish to be considered for both fellowships.
If you are applying to the combined ACCM-ACTA Fellowship Program this application cycle, SOCCA encourages you to review the information and recommended supplemental questionnaire for dual applicants that can be found here

Current and Past Members

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Program Director

Albert Tsai, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor
C: 650-723-6412
F: 650-725-8544 

Associate Program Director

Natalie Bodmer, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor
C: 650-723-6412
F: 650-735-8544

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Fellowship Programs Manager

C: 650-723-6415

Fellowship Training Verification Requests

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