Our Residents

Residents of the six-year Integrated Thoracic Surgery Residency Program (I6) join Mount Sinai from around the world. Participants are attracted to our program for a variety of reasons, including the sub-specialties offered, the hands on method of teaching, access to global experts, and being a part of one of the top-ranked health systems in the country. Below, are quotes from residents sharing their reasons for choosing the program at Mount Sinai and what they value most.



Medical School

Resident Quote


Maroun Yammine, MD

American University of Beirut- Lebanon

Why did you choose Mount Sinai? “I chose the I6 program at Mount Sinai because it offers exposure to all the cardiac and thoracic sub-specialties including advanced valve and aortic surgeries, heart failure, TAVR, and minimally invasive thoracic surgery, as well as providing various research opportunities.”



Ana Claudia Costa, MD

Universidade Federal do Paraná – Brazil

Why did you choose Mount Sinai? “Mount Sinai’s I6 Program is a top-level academic training program that provides full exposure to all areas of cardiac surgery, mentoring by world-renowned faculty and extensive hands on opportunities in a diverse patient population. A program committed to providing the best patient care through a multidisciplinary team approach and expand knowledge in the field through clinical and laboratory research.”



Bert Williams, MD

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine


What aspects of the I6 program are most valuable?

 “I think the amount of responsibility that we are given from early on helps you grow and develop at a faster rate than most other training programs. As an intern, I was already first assisting and doing components of major cardiac and thoracic cases. In my first month of cardiac surgery I went from learning to open the sternum to cannulating for bypass. Here, if you’re involved and willing to work, the attendings are willing to teach.”



Shinobu Itagaki, MD

Tohoku University (Japan)


Why did you choose Mount Sinai?

“Because the quality of surgery and patient care Mount Sinai provides is exactly what I would want for myself and my family.”



Stephen Spindel, MD


Louisiana State University School of Medicine – New Orleans

What aspects of the I6 program are most valuable?

“Whether it is in the operating room or in the intensive care unit or the floor, the attendings at Mount Sinai always focus on training the residents.  Every one of them is set on teaching us all how to become better physicians and surgeons.”


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Aaron J. Weiss, MD

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Why did you choose Mount Sinai? “I saw in Mount Sinai, a program that is a true powerhouse in the field of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery and I wanted to be a part of it. Mount Sinai would enable me the opportunity to train at a top-flight institution under expert surgeons at the forefront of their respective fields.”