Traditional Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship

General Thoracic Surgery Track

The General Thoracic Track Program lasts two years and begins after successful completion of a five-year surgery training program. Application is made during the fall of the fourth clinical year of surgery training. The program is designed to train individuals in all areas of clinical thoracic surgery as well as to involve residents in clinical research in thoracic surgery. It is expected that the trainee will obtain sufficient operative experience in general thoracic surgery to receive the ABTS certification via the "General Thoracic Surgery Pathway."

Thoracic Surgery Faculty

All of our Thoracic Surgery attendings limit their practice to general thoracic surgery. They have all trained at leading thoracic surgery centers (Stanford University, Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Pennsylvania, and Duke University) and have substantial expertise between them covering all of the subspecialties and advanced techniques within the field.

Joseph Shrager, MD

Professor, Division Chief, Co-Director Thoracic Oncology Clinical Care Program, and Founder, General Thoracic Track Program

Natalie Lui, MD

Assistant Professor

Brandon Guenthart, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Mark Berry, MD

Mylavarapu Rogers Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Douglas Liou, MD

Clinical Associate Professor

Leah Backhus, MD, MPH, FACS

Associate Program Director
Director of Thoracic Track

Irmina Elliott, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

General surgery residents apply to the program by January 15th of their fourth year of clinical surgery training. These applications will be via ERAS for positions starting August 1st, one year and five months later, and they will be offered via the NRMP (use program code 1820460F0 when applying).

Please contact Stephanie Harrington for additional information. Your application materials should include:

  •     Curriculum Vitae
  •     Letters of recommendation from two surgeons and your program director
  •     All ABME and surgery in-training exam scores
  •     Medical school transcript and dean’s letter
  •     A brief statement about why you have chosen general thoracic surgery

Mailing address:

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Falk Building
870 Quarry Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Attn: Stephanie Harrington, Residency Coordinator