Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship

Shari Meyerson, MD, MEd

Dr. Shari Meyerson, Program Director

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship Training Program is a two-year program sponsored jointly by the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center (UKMC) and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). It accepts one applicant each year.

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is actively involved in all areas of academic practice, including clinical care, education, and research. Specific clinical programs have been developed and are ongoing in major aortic surgery, valve repair, and valve replacements, TAVR, mitral valve repair techniques, mitra clips, intraoperative echocardiography, cardiac assist devices, ECMO, and heart and lung transplantation. The Division is also expanding into Foregut surgery program in addition to minimally-invasive surgery for lung and esophageal malignancy, and video-assisted thorascopic surgery (VATS).


Start date:  August 1
End date:  July 31

Each year, thoracic surgery fellows rotate every three months between General Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery Service. The first year is a clinical year providing exposure to general thoracic surgery, congenital cardiac surgery, cardiac and lung transplantation, and adult cardiac surgery. 

In the second year, the Fellow serves as the Chief Resident and junior attending for the division CT Surgery Service. Senior fellows will complete a one month congenital heart rotation at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. 

While assisting in these services, thoracic surgery fellows are involved in all daily clinical and educational routines. The fellow accompanies faculty on patient rounds, assists on and performs operations, participates in pre- and post-operative care of patients, and attends conferences. There is a gradual and graded escalation of clinical responsibility with the expectation that the Senior Fellow will be competent to handle all forms of complex cardiac, lung, esophageal, and vascular surgical problems. Upon completion of the fellowship, graduates are expected to achieve certification from the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. 

Required Weekly Conferences:

  • Morbidity & Mortality (M & M's) Meeting
  • CT Surgery Division Meeting
  • Residents Book Reviews
  • Multi-Disciplinary Thoracic Oncology Conferences

Elective Conferences

  • Heart Transplant/VAD 
  • Adult Cardiac Catheterization
  • Lung Transplant
  • Cardiovascular Grand Rounds

Monthly Conference:

  • Journal Club - 3rd Wednesday, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Application Process

Selection to the fellowship is through the National Resident Matching Program. Interested candidates must submit their curriculum vitae, three (3) letters of recommendation, copies of the ABSITE and board scores, and a completed universal application. Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview.

Applications are reviewed in January and February.

Direct Inquiries to:

Shari Meyerson, MD
Shari Meyerson, MD, M.Ed
Professor of Surgery
Program Director, I-6 & Fellowship Programs


Tori Bloom

Residency/Fellowship Program Coordinator
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery