Thoracic Surgery Fellowship

Our training facility performs the fifth-most valve procedures in the United States annually and is the fourth busiest programs in the nation for both general thoracic and cardiac robotic surgery.

The Thoracic Surgery Fellowship at Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano, is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Our two-year program's faculty includes Michael Mack, MD, past-president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and Bruce Lytle, MD, past-president of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, among many other national and international leaders in the field of cardiothoracic surgery.

The program will provide training at three clinical sites in the Dallas-Fort Worth area:Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano, Baylor University Medical Center and Cook Children’s.

We accept two fellows each year.


Year One

  • Pump/Echo – 1 block
  • Cath/TAVR – 1 block
  • Heart Failure (BUMC) – 1 block
  • Thoracic – 2 blocks
  • Congenital (Cooks Children) – 2 blocks
  • Adult Cardiac – 6 blocks

Year Two

  • Heart Failure (BUMC) – 1 block
  • Cath/TAVR – 2 blocks
  • Thoracic – 4 blocks
  • Adult Cardiac – 6 blocks

Name of Conference Frequency Mandatory or Elective Organizers
High-Risk Case Conference Two weekly M CT Surgery BUMC/THH
Research Meeting Weekly E Cardiovascular Research
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Service Line Meeting Weekly M TAVR Service line
Trauma Critical Care Conference Weekly E Surgical Critical Care
Chest Tumor Conference Bi-weekly E Thoracic Tumor Board
Lung Selection Committee Weekly E Transplant
Heart Selection Committee Weekly E Cardiovascular Imaging
ECHO Conference Weekly M Transplant
Cath Conference Two weekly M Cardiology BUMC/THH
Congenital Cath Conference Weekly M CT Surgery Cook Children's
THH Phase of Care Mortality Analysis (POCMA) Monthly M CT Surgery
Surgery Section Monthly M CT Surgery
Cardiology Grand Rounds Weekly E Cardiology
General Surgery Grand Rounds Weekly E Surgery Department
Journal Club Quarterly M CT Residency Program Director
Didactic Teaching Rounds Weekly M CT Residency Program Director
CT Surgery Grand Rounds Quarterly M CT Surgery
CV Best Care Bi-annually M Cardiovascular Service Line
  • Train at one of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals for Cardiology & Heart Surgery"

    Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano has earned a distinguished three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in isolated aortic valve replacement surgery (AVR), isolated coronary bypass surgery (CABG), AVR plus CABG surgery.

How to Apply

We use the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to electronically accept residency applications, letters of recommendations, dean’s letters, transcripts and other credentials directly from your medical school.

Deadline for applications is February 28.

Application Requirements

Eligible candidates must also provide:

  • ERAS application
  • ABSITE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation

Learn more about Baylor Scott & White's housestaff appointment eligibility, including guidelines for international medical graduates.


Our faculty members are active in scholarly activities, and several have extensive research endeavors.

There is a weekly research conference and a monthly conference where investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored trials are discussed. This conference includes discussion on how research is explained to patients and applied to patient care.

Fellows are expected to author one research project. In addition to one-on-one coaching from faculty, fellows learn the basics of research through a dedicated monthly research lecture with topics that include:

  • Research planning and design
  • Biostatistics and data analysis
  • Clinical trials research
  • Outcomes data research
  • Ethical decision making in research and ramifications
  • Applying research to patient care
  • Appraising the literature when reading cohort, case-controlled, randomized-controlled or cross-over trials
  • Manuscript preparation
  • Abstract preparation and presentation
  • Explaining research to patients

Research Impact

Journal vs # of publications plotted, numbers in parenthesis is the Impact factor of the journal

Contact Us

Nikie Sewell
Phone: 469.814.4716

Thoracic Surgery Fellowship
Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano
1100 Allied Dr,
Plano, TX 75093

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Compensation and Benefits

n addition to competitive stipends, we offer our fellows a full menu of employee benefits. We help offset the cost of many of these benefits; others are options you can choose to pay for yourself.

Life in Plano, TX

With excellent public and private schools, low crime and affordable homes, Plano

Why Baylor Scott & White

As the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States, Baylor Scott & White Health includes 48 hospitals, more than 900 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians and more than 40,000 employees.

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