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:
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.
Joe B. Putnam, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.
Program Director, Resident Education in Thoracic Surgery
Chairman, Department of Thoracic Surgery
Ingram Professor of Surgery
Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics