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

Drs. Leah Backhus and Yuanjia Zhu receive TSF funding for cardiothoracic surgery grants

The Thoracic Surgery Foundation (TSF) has announced 24 new grants totaling $916,500 in support of research and education programs in cardiothoracic surgery. These grants will help advance treatment options for patients with heart and lung diseases and offer much-needed assistance to underserved patients in developing countries, including Kenya, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Uganda.  


Dr. Craig Miller recognized at the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, receives AATS Scientific Achievement Award

This award is one of the highest scientific recognition awards given by AATS, and recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary scientific contributions to the field of cardiothoracic surgery.


Drs. Natalie Lui and Jeffrey Yang Receive Awards at the 2019 Western Thoracic Surgical Association Annual Meeting

Dr. Lui received the 2019 Donald B. Doty Educational Award, the purpose of which is to foster innovative educational initiatives in cardiothoracic surgery by WTSA members, and provide an opportunity for the dissemination of this information to other training centers and academic institutions.

Dr. Yang received the Norman E. Shumway Award, which is awarded to the presenting author of the best podium presentation at the annual meeting.