About the Residency

The Texas Heart Institute/Baylor College of Medicine Thoracic Surgery Residency Program is a three-year program that accepts four residents annually. The Program Director is Joseph S. Coselli, MD, Professor and Executive Vice-Chair, Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine and Professional Staff, Texas Heart Institute.

The program’s core values are integrity, respect for the individual, continuous commitment to excellence, dedication to discovery/innovation, and fostering leadership through education and teaching. These values are expressed through a program providing comprehensive training in adult and pediatric thoracic and cardiac surgery in an environment that stresses clinical excellence, clinical and basic research, and teaching as long-term goals for graduates.

Rotation Overview

The Thoracic Surgery Residency Program provides thorough training in all aspects of pre-operative and post-operative care to patients with pathological conditions within the chest. These include coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, diseases of the aorta and great vessels, heart failure, lung failure, lung cancer, emphysema, disorders of the trachea and airways, esophageal disease (benign and malignant), and disorders of the mediastinum. A large and growing program in congenital heart surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital also provides thoracic residents significant experience treating congenital heart disease. Other clinical rotations include renowned institutions: M. D. Anderson Cancer Center; Harris County Hospital District/Ben Taub General Hospital; Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Administration Hospital; and Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.

The program emphasizes the central role of the residents in the management of thoracic surgical patients. It strives to impart core values as lifelong goals for the residents and seeks to help them become educators for life. In recognizing the relatively senior status and long clinical experience of the thoracic residents—and the highly competitive nature of the selection process for this program—residents are viewed as colleagues as well as students, and it is considered a privilege to work with them. Residents obtain a large and diverse clinical experience of decision-making and hands-on operative experience.

Application Process

Applicants for the program must have completed five years of an accredited General Surgery Residency Program and be eligible for the qualifying and certifying examinations of the American Board of Surgery by the time they are to enter the program.

All applications are due by February 1. Applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and utilize the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Our program number is 1344460F0.

The following items should be submitted when applying:

  • Completed ERAS application
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three passport-sized pictures (OPTIONAL)
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members
  • USMLE Board Scores
  • American Board of Surgery In-training (ABSITE) exams
  • Medical school diploma in its original language, as well as in English (copied and notarized, stating that it is a true copy of the original)
  • Medical school transcript in its original language, as well as in English (copied and notarized, stating that it is a true copy of the original)
  • Dean’s verification of pending or past graduation
  • ECFMG certificate if a foreign medical graduate (copied and notarized). Please allow 4-6 weeks processing.

Contact Us

For any questions regarding the Thoracic Surgery Residency Program, please contact the Academic Coordinator.

Phone: 713-798-6078
Email: thoracicsurgerytraining@bcm.edu