Our goal is to provide residents with broad-based and balanced training in cardiothoracic surgery.  We are committed to our residents' whole-person development as respected professionals with good judgment and sound surgical skills.  Our program provides robust experience in cardiac surgery. Graduating residents are confident going directly into private or academic practice. 

Program Highlights

  • Traditional three-year program on the cardiac track

  • One resident at each level of training

  • High cardiac case volume

  • No advance fellows to compete with thoracic surgery residents for clinical educational encounters

  • One national conference and one training course per resident per year

  • Annual $1,000 educational stipend

Program Components


Rotations are based at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, and the Loma Linda VAMC.

Operative Experience

Residents in our program are afforded a rich, hands-on operative experience, enabling them to easily meet and typically exceed minimum case log requirements.  Our trainees perform a wide range of cardiac surgical procedures, including coronary artery bypass, valve repair, VAD placement, heart transplantation, and other complex procedures for adult and pediatric heart conditions.  Trainees also acquire ample and well-rounded operative experience in thoracic surgery.


PGY July-September October-December January-March April-June
6 General Thoracic General Thoracic Adult Cardiac Adult Cardiac
7 Adult Cardiac TAVR  Adult Cardiac General Thoracic
8 Adult Cardiac Adult Cardiac General Thoracic Adult Cardiac


From Our Chief Fellow

Abhishek Kashyap, MD

As I approach the end of my training, I feel immense gratitude for having the privilege of training at Loma Linda University. The levels of autonomy in the operating room and in the ICU are unparalleled and have provided me with all the tools necessary to succeed as a cardiothoracic surgeon. I was fortunate to learn from world-class surgeons who utilize all the latest surgical techniques. If I had to choose fellowship programs again, I wouldn't have a second thought about coming back to Loma Linda.