Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

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The Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery has a long history of excellence in medical training and innovation in adult and pediatric cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery. Our nationally respected surgeons are among the busiest in the Chicago area, providing our students, residents, and fellows with robust and varied learning experiences. Our training programs also involve rounding at nearby John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital, which is one of the largest Level 1 trauma centers in the U.S.

Our department has received numerous honors. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has granted our team the highest three-star rating for expertise in lobectomies to remove localized lung tumors ― an accomplishment awarded to only 4 percent of programs in the U.S. In addition, Rush University Medical Center is recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for cardiac care by Blue Cross Blue Shield due to our high quality scores and cost efficiency.

Department faculty use the latest minimally invasive surgery techniques to improve outcomes and reduce complications, including complex VATS procedures, beating heart surgery, robotic surgery and endoscopic interventional procedures. As part of an academic medical center, our faculty are also involved in research and clinical trials that help uncover and perfect new surgical techniques and approaches.

Because of our dedicated faculty and staff, we are able to nurture a family-like culture in our department. We are committed to the success of our students, residents and fellows and aim to provide them with the knowledge and skills they need to become leaders in our field.

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