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)

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Dr. Elan Burton selected by the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity to receive funds to attend the AAMC Junior Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar

This seminar for early career racial and ethnic minority faculty who aspire to leadership positions in academic medicine promotes real-world guidance and tools for pursuing career advancement and helps develop key competencies that build skills in grant writing and communications, while expanding their network of colleagues and role models.