Integrated Thoracic Surgery Residency Program at The Mount Sinai Hospital

The six-year Integrated Thoracic Surgery Residency Program (I6) at Mount Sinai was among the first programs of its kind to be accredited in the United States. Starting in 2011 at Mount Sinai, the I6 Program was implemented to train a new generation of specialized cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons.

Under the direction of David H. Adams, MD, Cardiac Surgeon-in-Chief, Mount Sinai Health System, Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Professor and Chairman, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and The Mount Sinai Hospital, and Raja M. Flores, MD, Chairman, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Steven and Ann Ames Professor in Thoracic Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the I-6 program currently matches two applicants each year. Upon completion of the six-year program, residents are eligible to sit for the American Board of Thoracic Surgery certification.

The goal of our I6 program is to provide residents the opportunity to develop into both academic and clinical surgeons while simultaneously gaining expertise in the latest advances in the field of cardiovascular and thoracic surgical care. We provide a comprehensive, specialized outpatient and inpatient training experience to enable our house staff to graduate with the real world experience necessary to embark on a successful career.

The Mount Sinai Health System combines the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and eight nearby hospital campuses in the greater New York metropolitan area, as well as a large, regional ambulatory footprint. The Mount Sinai Hospital is the main campus—situated in the Upper East Side of Manhattan between Central Park and Park Avenue, and serves the diverse populations of the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Harlem, and Queens.

Led by Dr. David H. Adams, the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mount Sinai is among the most experienced and highest volume centers in the country, managing over 2,000 cardiac surgery cases annually. The attending staff consists of experts in their respective fields who prioritize training residents.

"This residency program is without equal. We are one of the highest volume programs in the U.S., with a world-class faculty and case mix that ensures every resident graduates with outstanding experience in the most important areas of cardiovascular surgery—including mitral valve repair, aortic reconstruction, transcatheter valve techniques, coronary bypass, and heart failure." – David H. Adams MD, Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Professor and Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery

Led by Dr. Raja Flores, the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Mount Sinai is one of the most dynamic and progressive thoracic surgery programs in New York City. The department prioritizes a multidisciplinary approach to thoracic disease that incorporates open and minimally invasive techniques as well as a comprehensive oncological program integrated with the oncology and interventional radiology services.

“The vast majority of thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai focuses on oncology: lung cancer, esophageal cancer, mesothelioma, thymoma, carcinoid, and sarcoma. Our staff specializes in complex multidisciplinary and “unresectable” cancer cases. Residents learn to balance aggressiveness in resecting cancer with caution to maximize patient outcomes. Cases are performed with the latest minimally invasive techniques including benign esophageal cases focusing on reflux, benign tumors, and diverticula.” - Raja M. Flores, Chairman, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Steven and Ann Ames Professor in Thoracic Surgery

How To Apply

We select residents through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). You must submit your application through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) in September. We only accept applications and supporting documents through ERAS. We require the following documents, in addition to the ERAS application:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Dean's letter
  • Medical school transcript
  • Three letters of reference
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Scores for Step 1 and Step 2 (if available)

We accept and review applications from students of all accredited medical schools, located within the United States and abroad. Only complete applications will be reviewed. The application deadline is November 28th. Annually, the I-6 residency receives approximately 150 applications and interviews approximately 20 candidates. We offer two PGY-1 matched positions a year. We hold interviews in January and February. This year's interviews will be virtual and held via Zoom. Interviews include meetings with various faculty members and a meet and greet with our current residents. 

Education Manager, LaVerne Powell, can answer inquiries and our current residents are also available to answer questions. Please contact LaVerne Powell, via email at or by phone at (212) 659-6864.