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
If I had to pick one thing that would make me rank this program again, stay in it, and be proud to be part of its legacy, it would be the operative experience! It is really unmatched from all aspects, whether case number, case diversity, or case complexity. It is the kind of experience that makes me sure, as it did many fellows before me, that I can be a competent cardiothoracic surgeon ready to operate and hit the ground running from day one of my career!