Adult Cardiothoracic Fellowship

Our Division, along with the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, offers an excellent training program for all incoming fellows.

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The program includes perioperative management of complex and diverse cardiac as well as thoracic cases such as:

  • Ascending and descending aortic aneurysms repair
  • Endoluminal stent AAA and DTAA repair
  • Aortic dissection repair
  • Heart and lung transplantation
  • Ventricular assist device placement
  • Complex pediatric cardiac surgery
  • Valve repair and replacement
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery

What to Expect

Our program and the Cardiology Division have set up a strong curriculum to meet the fellow’s perioperative TEE training requirements (average 10-12 weeks designated echocardiography training time).

All fellows (including some of our residents) who have graduated from our program have passed the National Board of Echocardiography Perioperative TEE Exam.

There are also some basic and clinical research opportunities for the fellows who are interested in developing an academic career in the future.

Our CT anesthesia fellowship is an ACGME-accredited program, which includes rotations in CT Anesthesia, TEE, the CICU as well as elective rotations to fulfill the overall fellowship training requirement.


Our program’s mission is to expose fellows to a variety of adult cardiothoracic anesthesia cases through multiple, highly specialized rotations, thereby providing the impetus for basic science and research along with experiential learning that leads to the growth and development of fellows who become certified in transesophageal echocardiogram procedures and leaders of adult cardiothoracic anesthesia throughout the world.

The program leverages its strengths by capturing opportunities for research and basic science within the department and by leveraging a high clinical volume that permits opportunities for expanding a fellow’s knowledge and skills.  The aims of the program include:

  1. Expanding and applying medical knowledge through scholarly activity, as shown through the number of publications, conference presentations, and the amount of participation in other forms of knowledge sharing.
  2. Training the next generation of fellows to treat the population as it ages and seeks cardiac anesthesia care. For the adult cardiothoracic anesthesia fellows, one associated and measurable goal is to maintain the 100% first-time pass rate for the TEE exam.

To Apply

Our current caseload and concomitant parallel commitment toward resident education allows for us to accept 3 fellows per year.

I strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible. All applications must be received by April 1st, the interview process will be completed by May 30th and a decision will be published through San Francisco Match.

Applicants should upload their application packages onto the SF Match Website.

These packages should include:

  • An application (which is on the SF Match website)
  • Personal statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation

You can contact me, Yong G. Peng, MD, PhD., if you have additional questions.

All positions for the 2019/2020 academic year have been filled.

Yong G. Peng, MD, PhD
Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia
Director of CT Anesthesia Fellowship Program
Professor of Anesthesiology
University of Florida
Tel: 352.265-0077
Fax: 352.265-6922