Education

Cardiothoracic Fellowship

The Sections of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery provide comprehensive, personalized training in cardiothoracic surgery through the ACGME-accredited Thoracic Surgery Fellowship Program. The program offers a unique fellowship experience with exposure in the full spectrum of cardiothoracic surgery services, including coronary artery and valve surgery, treatment of heart and lung failure, thoracic oncology, aortic surgery, and benign thoracic diseases.

Mark K. Ferguson, MD

Professor of Surgery

With a renowned faculty and state-of-the-art technology, the Cardiothoracic Fellowship training program places a strong emphasis on minimally invasive surgical approaches, including Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) and robotic cardiac surgery. Residents are exposed to both community hospital and academic medical center settings with progressively increasing responsibility for the course of the three-year fellowship program.

While the program exposes all fellows to a wide variety of cardiothoracic surgery experiences, each fellow may elect to pursue either the thoracic or cardiac track to provide additional exposure, depending on their interests. This unique approach to learning focuses on the development of technical and knowledge-based competencies, in addition to providing access to outstanding simulation facilities that will enhance the training experience without detracting from the clinical opportunities.

Rotations are three months long throughout the three-year program and can be tailored to meet the individual trainees’ goals while providing a comprehensive cardiothoracic surgery training experience. The University of Chicago Medicine (UCM), located in the Hyde Park neighborhood just south of downtown Chicago and consistently rated as one of the top teaching hospitals in the nation, is the main site for the program. Rotations at UChicago Medicine include adult cardiac surgery and general thoracic surgery. NorthShore University HealthSystem, located just north of downtown Chicago in Evanston, includes rotations in both adult cardiac surgery and general thoracic surgery as well. Elective rotations are allotted to provide additional clinical exposure on the treatment of heart and lung failure and transplantation, robotic cardiac surgery, and more.

Scholarship and academics play an integral role in the cardiothoracic surgery training program, and residents are encouraged to attend national meetings and conferences, obtain off-site training, and participate in scholarly research. Fellows typically graduate with three to five peer-reviewed publications authored during their training.

Interview Dates and Information
Interview dates for the 2022 match will be posted here as soon as they are determined. For information about virtual interviewing here at UChicago, check out our virtual interviewing page which has videos on our medical center, information about wellness, news on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and highlights about GME training here at our institution.

About Chicago and Hyde Park
Learn more about our city and our neighborhood! The University of Chicago Medicine is one of the few academic medical centers in the country that is situated on the same campus as its undergraduate and graduate counterparts. By training at UChicago, you can take advantage of all that our campus has to offer through participating in ethics workshops, lectures on public policy, or a medical education fellowship.

Policies
The ACGME-accredited Thoracic Surgery Fellowship Program at the University of Chicago allows one resident position to be filled each year. The application process for the program is completed through the Electronic Resident Application System (ERAS), and positions are filled using the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Candidates must have completed an ACGME-accredited training program in General Surgery and must be eligible for licensure in the state of Illinois. In addition to standardized test scores and a personal statement, applicants are required to include three letters of recommendation. Applicants are invited for interviews on the University of Chicago Medicine Campus on a competitive basis, and the evaluation of applicant interviews and credentials are completed by the program’s resident selection committee.

For more information, please see the UChicago Medicine GME website.  Resources available for review include the Graduate Medical Education Handbook, Resident/Fellow Contracts, Stipends, and Compensation information.

Foreign national trainees who require visa sponsorship to participate in a clinical training program at UCM must obtain and show proof of their visa status by their contract starting date. The GME Office will provide facilitation assistance for all fellows before the commencement of their clinical program. 

UCM is an equal opportunity employer. UCM evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, civil union status, parental status, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.

2021-22 Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellows

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Miroslav Peev, MD
3rd Year Fellow

Dr. Miroslav Peev was born in Burgas, Bulgaria and attended medical school at the University of Cologne in Germany. He subsequently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School in Boston. Among other projects, Dr. Peev participated in the development and testing of the hemostatic ResQFoam – project heavily funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Department of Defense. Dr. Peev completed his General Surgery training at the New York University in Manhattan, where he also received the prestigious Award for Outstanding Research by a House Officer. In addition, he participated in the design, development and patent of Minimally Invasive New Technologies at the New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Peev is a husband, father of twins, and a passionate snowboarder and cyclist.

Program Track: Cardiac Surgery

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Philip Erwin, DO
2nd Year Fellow

Dr. Philip Erwin grew up in Central Florida and attended college at the University of Florida. He then went on to medical school at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine during which time he served in the Air Force Air National Guard. Dr. Erwin completed his general surgery training at Prisma Health/University of South Carolina in Greenville, SC. Philip enjoys spending time with wife and daughter in addition to playing and watching sports.

Program Track: Thoracic Surgery

Favin Babu

Favin S. Babu, MD, MS
1st Year Fellow

Dr. Favin Babu grew up in the Western suburbs of Chicago and attended college at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He completed medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago graduating AOA.  Dr. Babu completed general surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center outside of Chicago, during which time he earned a master’s degree in Clinical Research Methods and completed a 2 year NIH funded physician scientist training program focusing his research on hemorrhagic shock and acute lung injury. Favin has a passion for resident/medical student education and served as the Skills Chief as well as earned the Jack Pickleman, M.D. Resident Teaching Award during his Chief year of residency. His professional interest include Thoracic Oncology and benign foregut. Outside of the hospital he enjoys cooking, working out, and the Chicago restaurant scene.

Program Track: Thoracic Surgery

 

Current Fellows

  • Dr. Miro Peev will attend the 2021 Edwards Lifesciences Global Cardiac Surgery Training for Fellows, October 2021
  • Dr. Miro Peev was accepted at the 2021 AATS Foundation - Honoring Our Cleveland Clinic Mentors Program in Cleveland, OH, September 2021
  • Dr. Favin Babu attended the Stryker sternal closure course, September 2021
  • Dr. Favin Babu passed the Qualifying exam of the American Board of Surgery, July 2021
  • Dr. Miro Peev presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery , June 2021
  • Dr. Philip Erwin passed the Certifying Exam of the American Board of Surgery, June 2021
  • Dr. Miro Peev attended the Maze IV Training Program in Chicago IL, June 2021
  • Dr. Miro Peev became one of the Thoracic Surgery finalist at the AATS Resident Case Report Competition, May 2021
  • Dr. Andrew Brownlee graduated the CT fellowship and continued his career as a General Thoracic Surgeon at the prestigious Cedar Sinai in Los Angeles, July 2020
  • Dr. Miro Peev was officially selected as an editor and director of the largest ABS Q-Bank -  True Learn, February 2020
  • Dr. Miro Peev passed the Certifying Exam of the American Board of Surgery, December 2019
  • Dr. Miro Peev attended the national Cardiothoracic TSDA Boot camp in Chapel Hill, NC, September 2019

Graduates

  • Dr. Andrew Brownlee was accepted into the MERITS Fellowship program for the 2019-2020 academic year to enhance his teaching and evaluation skills in Medical Education at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.
  • During the summer of 2019, Dr. Andrew Brownlee attended the Polsky Center's I-Corps program, an NSF grant-funded opportunity for non-business trained people to focus their entrepreneurial ideas and connect with industry.
  • In November of 2017, Dr. Jamie Eridon both passed the general surgery certifying board exam and attended the Edwards Fellows Program
  • Dr. Andrew Brownlee was selected to attend the TSDA Boot Camp in Chapel Hill, NC, September 2017
  • In June of 2017, Dr. Jamie Eridon attended Medtronic’s course on the foundations of mitral and tricuspid valve surgery
  • Dr. Jamie Eridon received a scholarship for the 8th Annual Re-Evolution Summit on minimally invasive cardiac surgery in Houston, Texas, April 2017
  • Fellow Dr. Jamie Eridon was awarded an AATS Critical Care Scholarship to attend the Critical Care Conference in Washington, DC, October 2016

Thoracic Track Sample 

 

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

June

July

PGY6

THOR

THOR THOR NS-C NS-C NS-C CTICU CARD CARD NS-T NS-T NS-T

PGY7

CARD CARD CARD CONG CONG THOR THOR NS-T NS-T THOR THOR THOR

PGY8

ELEC ELEC ELEC ELEC ELEC ELEC THOR THOR THOR THOR THOR

THOR

Cardiac Track Sample

 

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

June

July

PGY6

THOR

THOR

THOR

NS-C

NS-C

NS-C

CTICU

CARD

CARD

NS-T

NS-T

NS-T

PGY7

CARD

CARD

CARD

CONG

CONG

THOR

THOR

THOR

NS-C

NS-C

CARD

CARD

PGY8

ELEC

ELEC

ELEC

ELEC

ELEC

ELEC

CARD

CARD

CARD

CARD

CARD

CARD

 

Legend: 

CARD: Adult Cardiac University of Chicago
THOR: Thoracic University of Chicago
NS-T: Northshore Thoracic
NS-C: Northshore Adult Cardiac
CONG: Congenital Advocate/Comer

  Major Cardiac Major Thoracic Minor Total
Thoracic 248 313 160 721
Cardiac 410 180 74 664

 

 

ALL

CARDIAC ONLY

THORACIC ONLY

MONDAY

 

Valve Conference

Mesothelioma Conference

TUESDAY

Week 1: TSDA Curriculum

Week 2 Faculty Lecture

Week 3: Journal Club

Week 4: CT Surgery M&M

 

 

WEDNESDAY

Oral Boards Prep - Case Scenarios

Cardiac Clinical Conference

Tumor Board

General Surgery M&M

THURSDAY

Written Boards Prep - Questions

 

 

FRIDAY

Congenital Questions - Review

Simulation Lab 

Transplant Conference General Thoracic Conference

 

2017-2020
Andrew Brownlee, MD
Cedars-Sinai, CA

2016-2019
Jamie Eridon, MD
Northern Light CT Surgery, ME

2015-2018
Brian Mitzman, MD
University of Utah, UT

2014-2017
Diego Avella, MD
University of Missouri, MO

2013-2016
Zewditu Asfaw, MD
Ascension Medical Group, MI

2012-2015
Trevor Williams, MD, MPH
Mercy Medical Group, CA

Thoracic Faculty

Mark K. Ferguson, MD

Professor of Surgery

Jessica Donington, MD

Professor of Surgery

Maria Lucia Madariaga, MD

Assistant Professor

 

Cardiac Faculty

Valluvan Jeevanandam, MD

Cynthia Chow Professor of Surgery

Husam H. Balkhy, MD

Professor of Surgery

Narutoshi Hibino, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery

Takeyoshi Ota, MD

Professor of Surgery

Tae Song, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Luca Vricella, MD

Professor of Surgery
Professor of Pediatrics

David Onsager, MD

Clinical Associate

 

Christopher Salerno

Professor of Surgery

 

Northshore Faculty

Seth Krantz, MD

Attending Physician, Thoracic Surgery

Wailen Su, MD

Attending Physician, Thoracic Surgery

Hyde Russell, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiac Surgery

Eugene Fernandes, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiac Surgery

Jonathan Somers, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiac Surgery

Keenan Hawkins, MD

Attending Physician