Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency

Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency

This two-year training program in cardiothoracic surgery is fully approved for one resident per year. The faculty currently includes three full-time adult cardiothoracic surgeons, one thoracic intensivist, and three pediatric cardiac surgeons based at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. We are currently recruiting three additional faculty members. The residency is based at UMMC (including Batson Children's Hospital) and G.V. "Sonny" VA Hospital (located adjacent to the Medical Center campus).

Residents 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 residency 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 residents. We participate in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) national database for both quality improvement activities and for clinical research.

Conferences include:

  • TSDA clinical conferences (Tuesdays and Fridays)
  • Citywide cardiology conference (monthly)
  • Morbidity and mortality conference (weekly)
  • Pediatric cath conference (Fridays)
  • General surgery grand rounds (weekly)
  • Cardiology Case Conferences (Wednesdays and Fridays)

Residents take the American Board of Thoracic Surgery In-Service examination each spring.

Entering residents are sent to the Utah Cardiothoracic Review course in September of their first year. When space allows, the entering resident is sent to the TSDA Boot Camp in July of their first year.

Residency leadership

  • Giorgio Aru, MD - Program Director, Residency Program in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the Jackson VA Medical Center
  • Lawrence Creswell, MD - Associate Professor, Director of Surgical Services
  • Pierre de Delva, MD - Chief, Section of General Thoracic Surgery, Associate Program Director in Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Ali Dodge-Khatami, MD - Professor, Chief of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, & Chairman, Children's Heart Research Board
  • Jacob Moremen, MD - Assistant Professor, Surgery and Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Anthony Panos, MD MSc - Professor & Chief, Section Cardiac Surgery
  • Jay Shake, MD - Associate Professor, Director of Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Director of ECMO, and Director of Quality and Outcomes for Cardiothoracic Surgery