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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

Clinical Care

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

Parenting in the COVID-19 Era: Work-Life Balance Turning into Whack-A-Mole

Ngan Huang discusses generational differences in parenting in the COVID-19 era.

Excerpt: "I definitely get the sense that, compared to the family structure in which I grew up, the structure we have established is more resilient during the COVID-19 crisis because of the blending of parental roles."


Yuanjia Zhu recieves 2020 TSDA Benson R. Wilcox Award

The TSDA Benson R. Wilcox Award was established in 2010 to acknowledge the best scientific abstract submitted by a cardiothoracic surgery resident to The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Annual Meeting. This annual award honors Dr. Wilcox’s many contributions to the TSDA and thoracic surgery education.

Dr. Zhu recieved the award for Bilateral versus Single Internal Mammary Artery Grafts for Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery in the United States – A Study of Over One Million Patients