Our programs focus on the evolution of cardiothoracic surgery, and we are recognized leaders in the education of cardiothoracic surgical residents and fellows


We are dedicated to the principles of vision, perseverance, and rigorous scientific investigation and a commitment to conduct well-conceived, cutting-edge research


Patients and referring physicians have access to the broadest range of treatments, allowing the best choice based on the most current therapies available

The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center takes pride in the rich tradition of excellence and pioneering firsts that have made it one of the top cardiac and thoracic programs in the nation. Our long and distinguished legacy of research dates back to the late 1950s — our most notable triumphs being the first adult human heart transplant in the United States, the world's first successful adult human combined heart-lung transplant, the first successful use of a ventricular device as a bridge to transplantation, the first thoracic aortic stent graft, and the development of the first integrated platform for minimally invasive heart surgery.

Our Department is comprised of three divisions:

internationally renowned for surgical leadership and expertise and a record of more than 30,000 cardiac procedures

highly reputed for the management of patients with lung cancer, emphysema, esophageal cancer, and mediastinal diseases

one of the largest specialized pediatric cardiovascular surgery programs in the US, acclaimed for its contributions to improving survival from lethal cardiac malformations

Together, the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery continues to improve patient health
through continual scientific innovation, revolutionary operative care, and exemplary surgical education.

Resident Applicants

Integrated CT Surgical Program
(for Medical Students)

General Thoracic Track
(for Surgery Residents)

Featured News

Andrew Goldstone and Peter Chiu published in The New England Journal of Medicine

Article Title: "Prostheses for Aortic­ and Mitral ­Valve Replacement"

Valve ­replacement outcomes were examined with statewide data in California. Bioprostheses were associated with higher long­-term mortality than mechanical valves among patients up to 55 years of age for aortic ­valve replacement and up to 70 years of age for mitral­valve replacement.  

Dameron Hospital Partners with Stanford Health Care

Dameron Hospital has partnered with Stanford Health Care to bring its world-class cardiothoracic surgery program to Stockton, extending Stanford’s reach in Northern California while eliminating the inconvenience of travel to the Bay Area for residents of the region.

Dr. Mark Berry receives the 2017 Denise O’ Leary Award for Clinical Excellence

This award was started eight years ago as a lasting tribute to Denise’s commitment to excellence at Stanford Hospital. This award is considered the highest honor for physicians conducting patient care at Stanford Hospital.