Education & Fellowships
The Cardiothoracic Surgery Training Program
School of Medicine Facilities
USC University Hospital (USCUH)
A private teaching hospital, the 275-bed USC University Hospital serves as the primary site for the private practice inpatient activities of the University medical faculty. University Hospital offers patients throughout Southern California and the Western United States a sophisticated level of diagnostic and treatment services that are beyond the scope of care typically found in community settings. At University Hospital, residents in the Cardiothoracic Surgery Training Program rotate through the General Thoracic/Esophageal Service, as well as the Cardiothoracic/Transplant Service.
On the General Thoracic/Esophageal Service, residents will be exposed to benign and malignant problems involving lung, pleural space, mediastinum, and esophagus. Under the direction of Dr. Thomas DeMeester, this service provides a particularly strong overall program for the treatment of esophageal disease including diagnostic testing, as well as surgical treatment. Minimally invasive techniques for the surgical approach to General Thoracic Surgery are emphasized. Several levels of general surgery house officers as well as a dedicated esophageal surgery fellow support the cardiothoracic surgery resident.
The Cardiothoracic and Transplant Service at the University Hospital exposes the resident to adult cardiac and great vessel disease, heart and lung transplant, and heart-assist devices. Patients referred to this service are often at the highest level of acuity and present an exceptional challenge both in the operating room and during the perioperative period. There is general surgery house staff support for the cardiothoracic resident on this service.
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