Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Anesthesiology

Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in the Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Our ACGME-accredited fellowship program is a diversely balanced year of clinical, educational, and academic experience.

In 2017, The Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital was ranked 7th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for Cardiology and Heart Surgery. For the seventh consecutive year, the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute ranked first on the list of cardiology and heart programs in Chicago and Illinois. The Institute is among the top 10 cardiology and heart surgery programs in the nation, and is the No. 1 hospital in the nation for heart failure survival by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

With over 1200 cardiac operations performed annually, the breadth and depth of clinical experience is unmatched in the region. In addition to “routine” coronary revascularization, fellows can expect to become very familiar with more advanced procedures like complex mitral valve repair, transcatheter aortic and mitral valve implantation, complex aortic reconstruction, and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. The heart failure program provides exceptional exposure to heart transplantation, mechanical assist devices, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. The Department of Anesthesiology's clinical practice also cares for 600 non-cardiac thoracic patients per year, providing experience with lung transplantation, tracheal and esophageal reconstruction, open and thoracoscopic lung resection, mediastinal surgery, and interventional pulmonology procedures.

Despite the high clinical volume, fellows' education remains a founding principle of our fellowship. Operating room assignments are based on educational need instead of staffing requirements, and fellows generally participate in the most complex procedures of the day. In order to cultivate the nuances of supervision and independent practice, approximately three-quarters of fellows' experience involves resident supervision; the fellow serves as primary housestaff in the balance.

Faculty within the Section of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology come from diverse clinical backgrounds and work closely with the fellows to foster a supportive learning environment. We are confident in the training we provide to the fellows, and consequently the caliber of patient care our graduates provide to their own patients. Please contact me with any questions.

Contact Us

Ryan Hood, MD

Deanna Olsen
Program Coordinator
Phone: 312-926-2280

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