Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency

Welcome from the Program Director

Dr. AruAt the University of Mississippi Medical Center, faculty members in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery are specialized in the surgical treatment of advanced heart and lung disease. Each faculty has been trained in very prestigious centers in both the United States and abroad.

In order to advance our level of patient care and resident teaching, the division is organized into three sections: 1) Adult Cardiac Surgery; 2) General Thoracic Surgery; and 3) Pediatric Congenital Heart Surgery. The faculty members in each of these three subdivisions are experts in their field and their primary focus is on patients with diseases in their subspecialty.

Our adult cardiac surgeons are focused in the surgical treatment of adult patients with cardiovascular disease. They have expertise in heart valve surgery, coronary artery bypass surgeries, heart transplantation, ventricular assist devices and aortic surgery.

The general thoracic surgeons specialize exclusively in general thoracic surgery with areas of expertise in lung cancer, esophageal cancer, mediastinal tumors, chest wall tumors, pleural disease, including mesothelioma, surgery for COPD, primary hyperhidrosis, pectus excavatum, airway and esophageal stenting and esophageal perforation.

Our pediatric congenital heart surgeons specialize exclusively in the surgical treatment of children and adults who have congenital heart disease. The pediatric cardiac surgeons collaborate closely with our team of pediatric cardiologists, intensivists and anesthesiologists to carefully discuss the best course of treatment for each patient's heart. Our pediatric heart surgeons also collaborate with the interventional pediatric cardiologists in advanced hybrid procedures. We have the privilege of taking care of the most complex congenital heart malformations in Mississippi and from surrounding areas outside the state.

These three teams are well known throughout the region and act as a regional center for the care of complex patients with advanced stages of disease. We are the only healthcare center in Mississippi for the treatment of pediatric heart and transplant patients.

Our CT Surgery Residency Program prepares residents for a well-rounded surgical career. Many of our previous graduates have gone on to make substantial contributions to their medical communities and in the field of cardiothoracic surgery.

Giorgio M. Aru, MD
Program Director, CT Surgery Residency Program