Thoracic surgeons Dennis Wigle, M.D., Ph.D., and Stephen D. Cassivi, M.D.
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Overview

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.

  • General thoracic surgery: A robust preoperative clinical experience, an extensive operative experience encompassing all types of open and minimally invasive chest wall, esophageal, mediastinal, and pulmonary procedures including transplantation, and the postoperative management of a wide array of general thoracic surgical conditions is provided.
  • General thoracic surgery – robotic: Trainees will receive an extensive robotic operative experience encompassing all types of minimally invasive esophageal, mediastinal, and pulmonary procedures using the da Vinci Xi surgical system. Candidates would achieve robotic certification as part of the fellowship. Fellows will also be involved in the extensive breadth of open and minimally invasive cases performed by the division. Exposure across all phases of preoperative, operative, and postoperative care will be provided.
  • General thoracic surgery – esophageal: Trainees will receive an extensive operative experience in esophageal surgery encompassing all types of open and minimally invasive procedures for benign and malignant esophageal disease. This would include experience performing secondary esophageal reconstruction using alternative conduits and revisional foregut procedures. Fellows will also be involved in the extensive breadth of minimally invasive and open cases performed by the division. Exposure across all phases of preoperative, operative, and postoperative care will be provided.

Accreditation

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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Stipend and benefits