Welcome to the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program

Message from the Director

Thank you for your interest in our Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program!

In partnership with Vidant Medical Center, the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences offers a traditional two-year, fully-accredited training program in Cardiothoracic Surgery.  Our program provides the full complement of educational and clinical activities to produce high quality, well trained cardiothoracic surgeons.  All aspects of the training program are fully certified by the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Thoracic Surgery, and at the completion of training, residents are eligible for certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Residents in our training program experience the complete continuum of care in cardiac, thoracic, and congenital surgery.  Training includes experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, with significant exposure to the planning and execution of operations as well as critical care and post-operative management.  Our facilities are state-of-the-art and our large catchment area allows for exposure to a wide variety and high volume of patients and operative experiences.  In addition to the customary cardiothoracic training encompassing all types of ischemic and valvular heart disease and lung and esophageal resections, residents can expect to be exposed to an extensive breadth of new and innovative treatments.  This includes minimally invasive and robotic adult cardiac surgery, advanced laparoscopy and thoracoscopy, extensive exposure to benign and malignant esophageal surgery, advanced aortic surgery and percutaneous valve therapy, mechanical assist devices/ECMO, and advanced endoscopic and bronchoscopic techniques.  We pride ourselves on quality of care and excellent outcomes, and all of our programs are highly ranked nationally in multiple outcomes databases.  Clinical research opportunities are plentiful, and research productivity is encouraged.

We believe our program is an exciting place to learn and our faculty is committed to providing the knowledge and clinical/technical skills to produce competent, professional, and successful cardiothoracic surgeons.  We invite you to use the links above to learn more about our program and if you have any other questions, please contact Vernice Murphy, Program Coordinator, at murphyv15@ecu.edu.

James E. Speicher

James E. Speicher, MD
Program Director

Mark D. Iannettoni

Mark D. Iannettoni, MD, MBA
Associate Program Director

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