Thoracic Surgery Fellowship

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

The Thoracic Surgery Fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, 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: The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, Baylor University Medical Center and Cook Children’s.

We accept two fellows each year.


Year One

  • One month of ICU
  • Six months of adult cardio
  • Two months of thoracic
  • One month of pump/ECHO
  • Two months of congenital

Year Two

  • Four months of elective (combination of congenital, cardiothoracic transplant & mechanical circulatory support, thoracic surgery, structural heart, robotic)
  • Six months of adult cardio
  • Two months of thoracic

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

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
  • Train at one of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals"

    Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, is a 115-acre campus with 915 beds, a Level I trauma center and nationally ranked specialty services.

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.

Contact Us

Nikie Sewell
Phone: 214.820.6179 (Dallas)
Phone: 469.814.4716 (Plano)
Fax: 214.820.7272 (Dallas)

Thoracic Surgery Fellowship
Baylor University Medical Center
Roberts Hospital, Suite 1013
3500 Gaston Ave.
Dallas, TX 75246

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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 Dallas

Dallas provides access to metropolitan entertainment and culture while maintaining the lowest cost of living among the top 10 largest U.S. cities.

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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