Fellows

Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship

de Delva

de Delva

Welcome to the UMMC cardiothoracic surgery fellowship program at UMMC and thank you for your interest. Our two-year training program is fully ACGME-accredited and approved for one fellow per year. Click here for specific information about the application process.

The faculty currently includes three full-time adult cardiac surgeons, two general thoracic surgeons, two congenital heart surgeons and one cardiothoracic intensivist based at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The fellowship program is based at UMMC (including Batson Children's Hospital) and G.V. "Sonny" VA Hospital (located adjacent to the Medical Center campus).

Our current fellows and recent graduates gain experience in myocardial revascularization (both on- and off-pump), heart valve surgery (including mitral valve repair), thoracic aortic surgery, arrhythmia surgery, surgery for heart failure, cardiac transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, and congenital cardiac surgery. The general thoracic surgery experience includes all aspects of pulmonary, mediastinal, and esophageal surgery, including the use of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), robotic thoracic surgery, and endoscopy, including a wide array of stenting procedures. There is also ample opportunity to be involved in the outpatient care of the patients before and after operation. There is a monthly cardiothoracic team meeting for discussion of all aspects of patient care on the cardiothoracic service.

The program is organized into rotations in general thoracic surgery (at UMMC and the VA Medical Center) and cardiovascular surgery (UMMC). Clinical research opportunities are available to interested participants. We participate in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons national database for both quality improvement activities and for clinical research.

Our didactic conference schedule includes:

  • Joint Council on Thoracic Surgical Education clinical conferences (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
  • Citywide cardiology conference (monthly)
  • Morbidity and mortality conference (monthly)
  • Pediatric cath conference (Fridays)
  • General surgery grand rounds (weekly)
  • Cardiology conferences (Wednesdays and Fridays)

Fellows take the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association in-service examination each spring.

When space allows, entering fellows are sent to the TSDA Boot Camp in July.

Pierre de Delva, MD
Program Director
Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship

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Fellowship leadership

  • Giorgio Aru, MD - Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Jackson VA Medical Center
  • Richard P. Cochran, MD - Professor, Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Lawrence Creswell, MD - Associate Professor; Associate Program Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Pierre de Delva, MD - Chief, Section of General Thoracic Surgery; Program Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Ali Dodge-Khatami, MD - Professor; Director, Congenital Rotation for Cardiothoracic Surgery and Medical Student Clerkship for Congenital Cardiac Surgery
  • Brian Kogon, MD - Chief, Pediatric and Adult Congenital Heart Surgery
  • Jacob Moremen, MD - Assistant Professor, Surgery and Division of Thoracic Surgery
  • Anthony Panos, MD MSc - Professor; Chief, Division of Cardiac Surgery
  • Jay Shake, MD -Associate Professor; Director of Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit; Director of ECMO; Director of Quality and Outcomes for Cardiothoracic Surgery