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

Hearts from unusual donors could help meet growing transplant demand

Impact of Donor Obesity on Outcomes After Orthotopic Heart Transplantation.

Shudo Y, Cohen JE, Lingala B, He H, Woo YJ.

J Am Heart Assoc. 2018 Dec 4;7(23):e010253. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.118.010253.
PMID: 30511896

The impact of donor obesity on the outcome of orthotopic heart transplantation has not been studied. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of donor obesity on the outcomes of adult orthotopic heart transplantation recipients.


Department research, faculty prominently featured at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2018

The American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions brings together nearly 13,000 physicians, surgeons, researchers, and healthcare professionals each year, serving as one of the world’s largest forums for the presentation and discussion of clinical innovations and research breakthroughs in cardiovascular medicine. At this year’s conference held in Chicago, IL, the Stanford Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery was prominently featured in 19 talks and poster presentations, showcasing a diverse spectrum of the department’s clinical expertise and research accomplishments.


Dr. Leah Backhus chosen for Thoracic Surgery Residents' Association's 2019 McGoon Teaching Award

The Dr. Dwight C. McGoon Award is an award given annually by the TSRA to an outstanding young faculty member in cardiothoracic surgery in recognition of his or her commitment to resident education and mentorship. Each year, cardiothoracic surgery residents in North America are eligible to nominate a faculty member within the first ten years of their attendingship who has demonstrated a remarkable interest in resident training -- inside or outside of the operating room.