The Thoracic Surgery Fellowship program at the University of California, Los Angeles is a two-year ACGME Accredited program. Each year, fellows rotate on Cardiac Surgery at UCLA for six months, Thoracic Surgery at UCLA for three, and both the Cardiac and Thoracic surgery services at the West Los Angeles VA for another three.

During their two-year fellowship, fellows are exposed to over 2000 annual cases varying from adult cardiac and thoracic, congenital, minimally invasive cardiac robotic mitral valve repair, heart and lung transplants, and mechanical circulatory support assist devices. Fellows attend multiple conferences, such as weekly Morbidity and Mortality conferences, every week, which are also attended by the Cardiac and Thoracic faculty and faculty from other specialties.

At the successful completion of the two-year Thoracic Surgery Fellowship, fellows will be board-eligible for Thoracic Surgery certification through the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, ABTS.


Richard J. Shemin, MD

Richard J. Shemin, MD

Robert and Kelly Day Professor

Chief of Cardiac Surgery 

Executive Vice Chair of Surgery

Co director of the Cardiovascular Center

Program Director, Thoracic Surgery Fellowship Program

Director of Cardiac Quality at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Bryan Burt

Bryan Burt, MD

Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery

Associate Professor of Thoracic Surgery

Peyman Benharash, MD

Peyman Benharash, MD

Associate Professor of Cardiac Surgery

Director, UCLA Adult ECMO Program

Associate Program Director, Thoracic Surgery Fellowship Program

Director, UCLA Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Laboratories

Glen S. Van Arsdell, MD

Glen S. Van Arsdell, MD

Chief, Congenital Cardiovascular Surgery

Professor of Surgery