Program Composition

The patient population of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center includes patients from surrounding neighborhoods and those referred from community hospitals throughout the Delaware Valley and beyond. Clinical material of the Cardiac and Thoracic Surgical Services is very well balanced and covers all aspects of the specialty as defined by the American Board of Surgery.

In the fiscal year 2010, approximately 2,757 cardiovascular operations were performed by the services at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Presbyterian Medical Center, Pennsylvania Hospital and affiliated hospitals.

Thoracic Surgery residents participate in all aspects of patient care including pre-operative evaluation, operations, postoperative care and follow-up visits. The clinical educational experience is designed to be comprehensive and to enable the resident to assume increasing responsibility as his or her knowledge, experience and skills develop.