Minimally Invasive CT Surgery Fellowship

The Minimally Invasive CT Surgery Fellowship at West Virginia University (WVU) is an innovative educational experience based upon the clinical and academic leadership of the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute in Morgantown, WV. Given the progressively growing volume of minimally invasive cardiothoracic operations, Fellows should expect to develop a full working knowledge of case selection, preparation, intra-operative and post-operative management of minimally invasive cardiac surgery during this unique 2-year Fellowship. Fellows will develop technical proficiency in cannulation, decannulation, exposure, and robotic telemanipulation applied to coronary and valve operations. Fellows will become knowledgeable in the preparation and follow-up of patients for minimally invasive/robotic surgery and develop the leadership skills to develop and run a program.

Fellows are required to have completed an MD or DO from an institution accredited by LCME or certification by ECFMG. Candidates must be board-eligible graduates of a residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery (American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or equivalent).

The WVU Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery is endorsed by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for Thoracic Surgery training. The Department has access to advanced simulation to enhance training. The attending surgeons of The Department are internationally recognized for their expertise in minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery, surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation as well as advanced cardiac operations such as mitral valve repair, aortic valve repair and surgery for congestive heart failure.