Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Pediatric Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship Program in the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta’s Heart Center at Children’s Egleston Hospital, Emory University Hospital and Emory University School of Medicine is a 2-year program that offers extensive experience in pediatric and adult congenital cardiothoracic surgery.

The Children’s pediatric cardiac surgical practice is extremely active, performing approximately 900 operations each year, with outcomes exceeding the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) benchmark in all Society of Thoracic Surgeons-European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (STAT) categories. We additionally perform approximately 15 pediatric heart transplants and 10 pediatric assist devices each year, and the adult congenital cardiac surgery practice averages more than 80 cases annually at Emory University Hospital. The abundance and variety of cases—combined with the availability of three operating rooms each day, 30 dedicated cardiac intensive care unit (ICU) beds and 34 dedicated cardiac acute care (CACU) beds—help ensure that the fellow will have ample opportunity for a robust surgical experience.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University: A historic partnership of pediatric excellence

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In 1956, the Board of Trustees for both Emory University and Egleston Hospital signed an agreement to make Egleston a first-rate teaching hospital

Children’s is one of the largest freestanding healthcare systems in the country. Emory is one of the nation’s leading research universities. Together, the two share a passion for pediatric innovation and advancements. In 1956, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Egleston Hospital and Emory University first established a pediatric teaching relationship. This relationship has developed to facilitate leading-edge pediatric research, training and innovation.

Children’s and Emory University School of Medicine partner together on pediatric residency and fellowship training programs as well as the management and execution of clinical trials. Discoveries in Emory’s research laboratories are translated into lifesaving treatments at Children’s. Emory and Children’s share a unique employment agreement; more than 400 physicians hold titles at both independent institutions.

National Honors from U.S. News & World Report

Children’s ranks among the nation’s top pediatric hospitals on the U.S. News & World Report list of “Best Children’s Hospitals.” The report ranks hospitals for excellence in outcomes, program structure and national reputation in 10 pediatric specialty areas.

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Why Atlanta?

In addition to our unique neighboring pediatric partners, Atlanta is full of diverse communities, walkable neighborhoods, a thriving arts and culture scene, and plenty of green spaces and sunny weather—it’s pretty easy to fall in love with our charming city.

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Recent Graduates

Despite the extremely competitive nature of the national job market in pediatric congenital cardiothoracic surgery, many of our recent graduates have secured positions at institutions like the University of Virginia, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta/Emory University, Rainbow Babies, Methodist San Antonio, Dallas Fort Worth, Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute, Connecticut Children's Hospital, University of Florida and Texas Children's Hospital.

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We manage one million patient visits annually at three hospitals, Marcus Autism Center, the Center for Advanced Pediatrics, urgent care centers and neighborhood locations.

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As senior member of the team, the pediatric congenital cardiothoracic surgery fellow is supported by physician assistants, nurse practitioners and an Emory University thoracic surgery resident. We have an extensive curriculum that follows Thoracic Surgery Directors Association (TSDA) core topics and ACGME requirements. Ample research opportunities exist with administrative support, and trainees are provided frequent direct and indirect feedback in order to successfully complete their training.

Candidates who have completed an ACGME-accredited cardiothoracic surgery residency are eligible to apply for the Children’s Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship Program. All applicants must register through SFMatch. Applications are accepted through July 31, and interviews will be held between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30.

For additional information on the application process, visit the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association.

Direct all training verification requests to Barbara Bradshaw, program coordinator at the Children's Heart Center.

Barbara Bradshaw, Program Coordinator
Phone: 404-785-4249