Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

The mission of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Tennessee is to produce experienced surgeons who will be prepared to succeed in clinical practice as well as academic endeavors. It is also our goal to train surgeons to be compassionate physicians who are dedicated to complete patient care.

Residency Goals and Objectives

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program at the University of Tennessee is a two-year program fully accredited by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Two residents are selected each year from candidates who must be eligible for certification by the American Board of General Surgery. In order to offer clinical experience in all areas of cardiothoracic surgery, our program utilizes several area hospitals.

The Regional Medical Center at Memphis (The MED) provides an extensive experience in thoracic trauma and infectious thoracic disease. The Baptist Memorial, Methodist University, and Veterans Administration Hospitals provide care in all areas of cardiac disease, as well as general thoracic. LeBonheur Children’s Hospital and the Newborn Center at The MED are referral centers for pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. An interest by this section’s adult and pediatric faculty in cardiac and pulmonary transplantation provides exposure to these areas.

Teaching conferences include Surgery Grand Rounds, weekly Thoracic Conference, monthly Thoracic Mortality and Morbidity Conference, weekly Cardiology Conference, weekly Pulmonary Conference and weekly Cardiology Cath Conference.

In order to address the national shortage of well-qualified, non-cardiac Thoracic Surgeons, the Francis Cole Scholarship program was established. This scholarship honors the memory of Dr. Francis Cole, Sr., who was a pioneer in Thoracic Surgery. This one to two year training and research position (classified as “Junior Faculty”) involves an intensive experience in General Thoracic Surgery. Interesting or unusual cases are drawn from all five of our major teaching hospitals. While the work is predominately clinical, some laboratory research is required. The position is designed for the Thoracic Surgeon who has just finished their Thoracic residency. In a very exceptional case, with a commitment to complete training and board certification in Thoracic surgery, completion of a General Surgery residency may be acceptable. Some teaching of General Surgery residents is involved in the position.

For more information on the Francis Cole Scholarship, please contact:

Darryl S. Weiman, MD, JD
Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Department of Surgery
910 Madison Ave., 2nd Floor
Memphis, TN 38163
(901) 448-5912