Program Overview

Unique aspects of the Mount Sinai Thoracic Fellowship Program include the emphasis on minimally invasive (VATS) approaches, the particularly high operative volume, and the resulting complexity experienced by fellows, enhanced by the staff’s commitment to teaching—both inside and outside the operating room. Fellows invariably obtain their ABTS operative requirements in both cardiac and thoracic surgery well within the fellowship period. To date, all graduating fellows have entered successful, independent practice directly upon completing their fellowship. 

Block Schedule

An introductory block is followed by an eight-month rotation on the adult cardiac service, including an initial two-week rotation on the Adult Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (ICU), which provides a comprehensive grounding in the principles and practice of adult and congenital heart surgery, and the opportunity to complete the ABTS cardiac surgery operative requirements. Fellows then return to the general thoracic service for their final eight-month block to gain advanced skills in preparation for independent practice. 


Block Schedule


General Thoracic Surgery (8 months), CSICU (2 weeks) , and Adult Cardiac Surgery (4 months)


Adult Cardiac Surgery (4 months) and General Thoracic Surgery (8 months)

Conference and Education

The teaching and conference schedule includes weekly teaching followed by Grand Rounds and monthly Morbidity and Mortality reviews (M&Ms), as well as weekly thoracic tumor board, weekly heart failure meetings, and daily teaching in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU) for residents on those respective services.

The Morbidity and Mortality Conference offers near-time review and discussion of relevant and interesting cases. Senior residents present each case in the context of its complications and applicable current literature.

A Grand Rounds Lecture features national experts who discuss and present state-of-the-art developments in their respective fields. The series enables residents to stay abreast of cutting-edge medical science.

Team Conferences consist of case presentations followed by in-depth discussions of current literature. Residents lead the didactic sessions while faculty members serve as facilitators. 

Program Leadership

Under the direction of David H. Adams, MD, faculty members bring a wealth of knowledge to the Thoracic Fellowship Program. Professors in our program are experts in surgical training and provide residents with the necessary tools to serve their patients with the highest quality of care.

  • David H. Adams, MD
    Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Professor and Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery; Cardiac Surgeon-in-Chief of the Mount Sinai Health System; and President of the Mitral Foundation
  • Raja Flores, MD
    Chairman, Department of Thoracic Surgery
    Steven and Ann Ames Professor in Thoracic Surgery

  • Percy Boateng, MD
    I-6 Residency Program Director, Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery

  • Daniel Nicastri, MD
    Assistant Professor of Thoracic Surgery