Thoracic Surgery fellows collaborating during a procedure at Mayo Clinic

Graduate medical education in surgery specialties at Mayo Clinic

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Mayo Clinic offers a one-year Thoracic Surgery Fellowship in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, that is designed to provide top-notch training in all areas of thoracic care. You will learn about diagnosis, medical treatment, surgery, and rehabilitation for conditions that affect the chest wall, esophagus, and pulmonary system.

This program is taught in a high-volume, high-acuity care facility to ensure that trainees receive the best possible education. In addition to clinical training, fellows are also taught how to conduct clinical research.

The goal is to produce skilled surgeons, educators, and researchers who will become leaders in the field of thoracic surgery and make significant contributions to its future.

The fellowship offers extensive hands-on experience with all thoracic procedures with a diverse patient population composed of local, regional, and international patients in a team-based approach.

Highlights of the program include:

  • General thoracic surgery. We offer 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.
  • General thoracic surgery – robotic. You 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. You will be exposed to all phases of preoperative, operative, and postoperative care.
  • General thoracic surgery – esophageal. You will receive an extensive operative experience in esophageal surgery including all types of open and minimally invasive procedures for benign and malignant esophageal disease. You will perform secondary esophageal reconstruction using alternative conduits and revisional foregut procedures. You will also be involved in the extensive breadth of minimally invasive and open cases performed by the division. You will be exposed to all phases of preoperative, operative, and postoperative care.
  • Pectus excavatum. You will participate in the evaluation, surgical repair, and postoperative management of pectus and chest wall deformities, including pectus correction surgery and pectus excavatum surgery.
A thoracic surgery fellow learning at a Mayo Clinic simulation center

Your training experience

As a fellow at Mayo Clinic, you'll have access to robust clinical, educational, and research resources. You'll find support both inside and outside of the campus to promote physical and mental wellness and ensure your work/life balance.


The Thoracic Surgery Fellowship is not accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. 

Program history

The Thoracic Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, officially began in 2022. We anticipate one fellow will complete this program annually.

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