Cardiothoracic Surgery-Traditional

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About the Program 

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Traditional Fellowship program is dedicated to producing balanced, well-qualified cardiothoracic surgeons prepared to serve the community through careers in either private practice or academia. With dedicated faculty based at Seattle’s premier medical facilities, the program has been carefully designed to balance training in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery.

This two-year fellowship is designed to provide trainees with focused, hands on experience divided equally between cardiac and thoracic surgery. While fellows are welcome to choose an area of specialty, there are no pre-designated cardiac or thoracic tracks.

Fellows rotate on cardiothoracic surgery clinical services at two main sites of practice with senior residents in the Cardiothoracic Surgery Integrated Residency program. Throughout these two years of training, fellows will gain requisite experience in general thoracic, cardiac, congenital cardiac, and foregut surgery as well as end-stage heart and lung disease, including mechanical circulatory support and heart and lung transplantation.


Quick Facts

  • Faculty have served as leaders of STS, ABS, ABTS, WTSA, TSDA, ACS, JCTSE, ISHLT, ELSO, and the ACGME Thoracic Surgery Residency Review Committee
  • Division has completed 1000+ lung transplants and 900+ heart transplants
  • Average case numbers at graduation: 811 total cases


Program Leadership

Dr. Kathleen Berfield

Kathleen S. Berfield, MD
Program Director
Associate Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Chief of Thoracic Surgery VA Puget Sound Health Care System

Dr. Christopher Burke

Christopher Burke, MD
Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery