Current Residents

Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgical Program

PGY1

Alex Dalal

Undergrad: Stanford University
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine

Yuanjia Zhu

Undergrad: Northwestern University
Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University

What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?

"The field of cardiothoracic surgery is the perfect marriage of complex pathophysiology, engineering principles, and the art of team work. It demands technical proficiency and precision, and continues to provide immense opportunities for innovation. I feel extremely privileged to have the opportunity to have such a profound influence on patients’ lives."

What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?

"I was extremely impressed by the department’s legacy and philosophy of emphasizing clinical care, education and research in resident training. The bay area also offers numerous opportunities for advancement and collaborations. I am very honored and humbled to be able to train under world class surgeons who are committed to resident education and clinical excellence."

Michael Salna

Undergrad: University of Western Ontario
Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?

"Cardiothoracic surgery demands an unwavering commitment to constantly be better, an intimate understanding of how anatomy engineers its own physiology, and affords the humbling privilege of caring for some of the sickest patients in the hospital."

What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?

"Stanford is one of the cradles of cardiac surgical innovation and it is an honor to be trained by a department that has long been at the forefront of advancing patient care and producing leaders in the field."

PGY2

Terrance Pong

Undergraduate: UC, San Diego
Medical School: UC, San Francisco

What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?

"The field of Cardiothoracic surgery has a remarkable history of surgical innovation and technological ingenuity. It is a privilege to be able to work with an organ as dynamic as the heart."

What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?

"Stanford has fostered a unique ecosystem that supports research, innovation and resident training. The residency program provides an extraordinary opportunity to train under world class surgeons committed to academic excellence."

Albert "AJ" Pedroza

Undergrad: Arizona State University
Medical School: Stanford University

What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?

"Cardiothoracic surgery requires both technical skill and effective working knowledge of a wide spectrum of clinical medicine and intensive care. Furthermore, operations in CT surgery deal with some of the most common and dangerous problems our patients face."

What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?

"Stanford has a history of excellence in clinical care and cardiovascular research that speaks for itself. I am honored to train amongst the surgeons who have created and perpetuated that tradition and hope to contribute to the preservation of this department’s legacy in the future."

Patrick Loftus

Undergraduate: University of Utah
Medical School: University of Utah

What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?

"Cardiothoracic surgery is exciting! It is the perfect mix of technical perfection, elevated clinical knowledge, and critical care. Each patient has a unique and humbling perspective on life that’s hard to find elsewhere – a constant reminder to not forget what matters most."

What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?

"Aside from being world-renowned and true powerhouses of the field, Stanford’s cardiothoracic surgery faculty are kind good-hearted people. Their dedication to education is refreshing and the opportunities for medical innovation and research are limitless."

PGY3

Hanjay Wang

(Currently doing research)

Undergraduate: Harvard University
Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?

"Cardiothoracic surgery is elegant, effective, and unceasingly demands my best every day. Also, the patients, both children and adults, come from all walks of life and altogether reveal the immense breadth of the human condition."

What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?

"The legacy of Dr. Shumway, the close mentorship by the current faculty, the innovative spirit of the Bay Area, and the genuine sense of family within our residency program make the training environment at Stanford truly extraordinary."

Michael Paulsen

(Currently doing research)

Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: University of Michigan

What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?

"Cardiothoracic surgery allows you to utilize both your mind and hands in order to provide tangible and enduring improvements in patients' quality and quantity of life."

What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?

"Stanford has a longstanding tradition and commitment to educating leaders in academic cardiothoracic surgery, transforming residents into outstanding clinical surgeons, astute researchers, and dedicated teachers."

Patpilai Kasinpila

(Currently doing research)

Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: University of Florida

What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?

"The field is a fascinating combination of engineering, physiology, and medicine. Most of all,  the physical finesse and the mental prowess that I've seen in the operating room are absolutely captivating."

What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?

"The passion for teaching and the legacy are what first drew me to the program. Now, what I enjoy most about my training here is the atmosphere of being in a large family, where everyone looks out for one another."


 

PGY4

Peter Chiu

Undergraduate: Yale University
Medical School: Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons

What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?

"Cardiothoracic surgery is both technically demanding and elegant. Further, the patient narratives are the most compelling."

What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?

"The opportunity to train under giants in cardiothoracic surgery and join a line of distinguished graduates makes the clinical and research experience at Stanford unparalleled."

Sumanth Kidambi

Undergraduate: University of Illinois
Medical School: University of Illinois

What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?

"For me, it was the ideal combination of medicine and surgery. There's a lot of complex pathophysiology involved and the procedures require a great deal of technical skill. In addition, you have the opportunity and privilege of taking care of some really sick patients."

What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?

"There's a great tradition for cardiothoracic surgery at Stanford and it's humbling to be a part of that. The emphasis on education is tremendous here and you really get the sense that they are training you not just to be good clinicians but good leaders. I also like the overall culture of Stanford and the Bay Area in terms of their enthusiasm for new ideas."

PGY5

Christina Greene

Undergraduate: Massachusetts’s Institute of Technology
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?

"I enjoy the technical challenge of cardiothoracic operations and the dynamic physiology of the heart. Cardiothoracic surgery and especially congenital cardiothoracic surgery are the epitome of 'Mens et Manus.'"

What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?

"Stanford is a heritage cardiothoracic program and has long produced leaders in cardiothoracic surgery. The opportunity to be trained by so many master surgeons and world class surgeon scientists who are simultaneously committed to your education and career development is unparalleled."

Elizabeth "Betsy" Colwell

Undergraduate: Valparaiso University
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?

"Mastering the interplay of anatomy and physiology in the heart and lung is fascinating. The ability to intervene on the form to impact the function presents an exciting technical and mental challenge."

What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?

"Stanford has a strong tradition of creating leaders in the field of cardiothoracic surgery.  The opportunity to train with a group of renowned practitioners and driven residents that are devoted to continuing that tradition is amazing."

PGY6

David Scoville

Undergraduate: Brigham Young University
Medical School: University of Kansas

What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?

"I enjoy the mental and technical demands of cardiothoracic operations and the intellectual challenge of pre-operative decision making and postoperative critical care management. It is truly an invigorating field."

What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?

"Stanford’s track record is unmatched and stems from the unique training environment established by Dr. Shumway and perpetuated by current faculty where residents are guided and mentored by leaders in cardiothoracic surgery."