Our programs focus on the evolution of cardiothoracic surgery, and we are recognized leaders in the education of cardiothoracic surgical residents and fellows


We are dedicated to the principles of vision, perseverance, and rigorous scientific investigation and a commitment to conduct well-conceived, cutting-edge research


Patients and referring physicians have access to the broadest range of treatments, allowing the best choice based on the most current therapies available

The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center takes pride in the rich tradition of excellence and pioneering firsts that have made it one of the top cardiac and thoracic programs in the nation. Our long and distinguished legacy of research dates back to the late 1950s — our most notable triumphs being the first adult human heart transplant in the United States, the world's first successful adult human combined heart-lung transplant, the first successful use of a ventricular device as a bridge to transplantation, the first thoracic aortic stent graft, and the development of the first integrated platform for minimally invasive heart surgery.

Our Department is comprised of three divisions:

internationally renowned for surgical leadership and expertise and a record of more than 30,000 cardiac procedures

highly reputed for the management of patients with lung cancer, emphysema, esophageal cancer, and mediastinal diseases

one of the largest specialized pediatric cardiovascular surgery programs in the US, acclaimed for its contributions to improving survival from lethal cardiac malformations

Together, the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery continues to improve patient health
through continual scientific innovation, revolutionary operative care, and exemplary surgical education.

Resident Applicants

Integrated CT Surgical Program
(for Medical Students)

General Thoracic Track
(for Surgery Residents)

Featured News

50th Anniversary Celebration of Dr. Norman E. Shumway's First Heart Transplant
Photos & Presentation Videos

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the first adult heart transplant operation in the United States, performed here at Stanford on January 6, 1968 by Dr. Norman E. Shumway. On January 22, 2018, the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery held a celebration of this landmark event in medical history. To commemorate vast pioneering achievements and decades of contributions, the Department gathered a host of expertise speakers from around the country.

Dr. Arnar Ingason recieves Dr. Magnusson award for best oral presentation by a medical student or resident for his apical resection project at the National Surgery and Anesthesiology Conference of Iceland

The conference is an annual national conference for surgeons, anethesiologists, and obs & gynecologists in Iceland. Each year an award is presented to the best oral presentation by a medical student or resident. The award is dedicated to Dr. Jonas Magnusson, former Professor of Surgery at the University of Iceland.