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Education & Training

The Thoracic Surgery Program is a world leader in clinical outreach. Symposia are hosted annualy via the Thoracic Oncology Program, a multidisciplinary umbrella program.  These programs feature the some of world's leading thoracic surgeons as well as physicians from numerous related disciplines.

The Annual UCSF/UCD Thoracic Oncology Conference, co-chaired by David M. Jablons, M.D. of UCSF and David R. Gandara, M.D. of UC Davis, is held annually in November. Inaugurated in 1999, it is the first and oldest conference of its kind. The Thoracic Oncology Program also co-hosts the annual UCSF Clinical Cancer Update, a conference held each winter at Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe.  

ACGME Advanced Residency

The Thoracic Surgery Residency Program in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of California San Francisco covers a three year clinical training period.

Year 1

SF/VAMC (6 month core rotation):

Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery service

UCSF (6 month core rotation):       

General Thoracic Surgery service

Year 2 *Elective *Elective
Year 3

UCSF (6 month core rotation): Adult/Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery service

UCSF (6 month core rotation):   Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery service

Electives include up to 18 conseuctive months of General Thoracic Surgery,  18 conseuctive months Pediatrics with accelerated sub-specialization, Transplant/Heart Failure with UNOS certification for heart and lungs and services, surgical reconstruction, cell therapy trials, or endovascular.

Covidien Fellowship in General Thoracic Surgery

This is a non-ACGME fellowship in General Thoracic Surgery that supports a new thoracic fellow for training in minimally invasive thoracic surgery affording a tremendous learning opportunity for the aspiring thoracic surgeon. 

The four surgeons at UCSF bring a unique, multi-institutional, perspective to general thoracic surgery, incorporating best practices and state-of-the-art techniques from the Surgery Branch of the NCI/NIH, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center, New York Hospital/Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. This will provide a rich didactic experience for the new General Thoracic Surgery Fellow.

Covidien Thoracic Surgery Fellowship Curriculum