Where have all the Cardiothoracic Surgeons gone?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by DZT, May 10, 2002.

  1. DZT

    DZT Senior Member
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    Do thoracic surgeons operate on the heart itself or only on blood vessels and lungs? Why are there so few Cardiothoracic surgeons; I look in the directories as find few cardiothoracic surgons, but instead thoracic surgeons. Is it a subspecialty?
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  2. Winged Scapula

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    I am unaware of there being a current distinct Fellowship in Thoracic Surgery vs Cardiac only. Most programs (despite it being listed in FREIDA as Thoracic Surgery) offer a combined Cardiothoracic Surgery fellowship leading to Board Certification.

    A CT residency would include the following:

    Surgery of the chest wall, lungs and pleura,
    trachea and bronchi,mediastinum, diaphragm, esophagus,congenital heart disease,acquired heart disease,cardiac arrhythmias,valvular heart disease, trauma to all of the preceding, cardiac transplantation,lung transplantation, heart-lung transplantation, ECMO, bronchoscopy, esophogoscopy and pacemakers.

    Hope this helps.

    BTW, moving to The Lounge.

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