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.

For 2016-2017, The Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital was ranked 6th 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. 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 well familiar with more advanced procedures like transcatheter aortic valve implantation, complex aortic reconstruction, and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. The heart failure program provides exceptional exposure to heart transplantation and mechanical assist devices. The Department of Anesthesiology's clinical practice also cares for 600 non-cardiac thoracic patients per year through NMH, providing experience with tracheal and esophageal reconstruction, open and thoracoscopic lung resection, mediastinal surgery, and interventional pulmonology procedures.

Even with the abundance of cases, trainee education remains a founding principle of our fellowship. Operating room assignments are based on educational need instead of staffing requirements, so fellows generally participate in the most complex procedures of the day. In order to cultivate the respective nuances of supervision and independent practice, approximately three-quarters of 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 but work closely to foster a supportive educational environment for our fellows. We are confident in the training we provide them and in the caliber of patient care they graduate to provide. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Contact Us

Ryan Hood, MD

Carolyn Betts
Program Coordinator
Phone: 312-695-0122

Housestaff Research Portal

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