Resident Education Program in Thoracic Surgery


Welcome to the home page The Vanderbilt University residency education program in Thoracic Surgery.

The Vanderbilt University residency education program in Thoracic Surgery was established in 1957 by Rollin A. Daniel, Jr., M.D., and the program was accredited by the ACGME in 1972 under the leadership of Harvey Bender, M.D. Both the Departments of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery maintain a focused dedication to teaching, scholarship and discovery, as well as service to patients and the community.

Our philosophy is to:

  • Provide a robust, appropriately supervised setting in which advanced, highly skilled education in adult and pediatric cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery can occur.
  • Seek opportunities for the resident to rapidly acquire an in-depth knowledge and advanced skill in cardiac and thoracic surgical techniques and to refine both surgical judgment and technical expertise.
  • Develop the resident academically and professionally. Competencies to be acquired include those of medical knowledge, patient care, practice-based learning and improvement, communication and interpersonal skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice.
  • Provide a robust clinical environment which allows graduated clinical and professional advancement accomplished by direct expert clinical, academic and professional instruction promoting self-directed education, and fostering the enhancement of the individual resident's clinical professional, social and academic pursuits.

Our program is 3 years in length, which includes training in thoracic, cardiac and congenital cardiac surgery. Two new residents are appointed each year. This provides a balanced training curriculum with the full spectrum of cardiac and thoracic surgical problems seen during the three-year program of study.

We invite you to explore these pages and hope you find them as helpful resources for those interested in Thoracic Surgery at Vanderbilt.


Jonathan Nesbitt, M.D.
Program Director, Resident Education in Thoracic Surgery
Associate Professor and Chairman, Department of Thoracic Surgery

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