Thoracic surgeons Dennis Wigle, M.D., Ph.D., and Stephen D. Cassivi, M.D.
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The advanced General Thoracic Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is offered to individuals who have recently successfully completed an approved thoracic surgery residency, or its equivalent, and desire an additional one or two years to supplement their training in general thoracic surgery.

Emphasis is placed on all aspects of general thoracic surgery, including pulmonary resection, esophageal pathology, and minimally invasive surgery. During the fellowship, you participate in the preoperative evaluation, surgical operation, and postoperative management of virtually all thoracic conditions.


This training program is an unaccredited one- or two-year fellowship. At this time, accreditation does not exist for this type of advanced training.

Program history

The General Thoracic Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, began in 1987. The program has trained thoracic surgeons from all over the world, including Ireland, Australia, Korea, Argentina, Canada, and India. The trainees have gone back to their home countries and established themselves as leaders in the field of general thoracic surgery. We anticipate that three trainees will complete this program annually.

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