The Thoracic Surgery Residency Program at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) has a proven 42-year track record of training skilled competent professionals who are able to practice independently as Cardiothoracic Surgeons at the end of training. Since its inception in 1970, the program has had only five Program Directors who have provided stable leadership. The strong institutional support (financial, personnel, infrastructure, and resources) also contributes to the stability of the program. The diverse clinical and academic environment at Loma Linda University (over 100 nationalities are represented on campus) provides a balanced training for the residents in an atmosphere that emphasizes the values of compassion, integrity, teamwork, excellence, and wholeness.
The residency program is three years long with one resident at each level (PGY 6, PGY 7, and PGY 8).
Currently the Cardiothoracic Surgery team includes nine Attending Surgeons, three Physician Assistants, three Cardiothoracic Surgery Residents, three Nurse Practitioners, one Research Coordinator, two VAD Coordinators and four Perfusionists. This team provides surgical treatment that spans the entire spectrum of Cardiothoracic procedures including: minimally invasive thoracic procedures (VATS lobectomy, VATS esophagectomy, etc.), minimally invasive cardiac procedures (off pump CABG, valve replacement, etc.), pediatric and adult heart transplantation, aortic surgery (aneurysm, dissection, etc.) including TEVAR, arrythmia surgery, congestive heart failure, ventricular assist devices, and pediatric and congenital cardiac surgery.
The cardiac surgery program at Loma Linda has a storied history that includes notoriety as the birthplace of infant heart transplantation and as pioneers in heart transplantation for over 25 years. Recent recognition by major health care providers has named Loma Linda as a center of excellence for cardiovascular care. In 2012, the Joint Commission certified LLUMC as a full service Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Center, which allows our institutions to provide destination therapy for non-cardiac transplant eligible heart failure patients. We care for a diverse patient population with high incidence of heart disease in a service area that includes 4 counties and surrounding states. Since 1963, the Loma Linda University overseas heart team has performed hundreds of cardiac operations in 17 underprivileged or developing countries.