Fellowship | Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology

Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology


The Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Kentucky offers a one-year Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved fellowship in Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology. Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology as a subspecialty of Anesthesiology is devoted to the peri-operative management of patients with cardiopulmonary disease undergoing cardiac or thoracic surgery and other interventional procedures. The fellowship consists of 12 months of full-time training beginning after satisfactory completion of a core Anesthesiology residency program. The program is structured to provide a wide variety of clinical exposure in the operating room, critical care units and catheterization laboratory. In addition to a robust clinical experience, mentorship by well-trained faculty and opportunities to mature as teachers will solidify the professional growth of the fellow. All Cardiac Anesthesiology faculty at UK Chandler Medical Center are subspecialty trained and certified in Advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography.


Sanjay Dwararkanath, MBBS
Program Director, ACTA Fellowship
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Johannes Dorfling, MB, ChB
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Eugene Hessel, II, MD
Professor, Departments of Anesthesiology, Neurosurgery,
Pediatrics, and Surgery (Cardiothoracic)

Oksana Klimkina, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

John Thomas Murphy, MD
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Randall Schell, MD, MACM
Academic Vice-Chairman and Residency Program Director
Professor, Departments of Anesthesiology, Pediatrics, and Surgery

Uttam Shastri, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Johannes W. Steyn, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Vincent Sorrel, MD, FACP, FACC, FASE
Program Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program
Assistant Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine
Director, Cardiac Imaging

Khaled Ziada, MD
Professor, Department of Medicine
Gill Foundation Professor of Interventional Cardiology

Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Clinical Experience

The fellow will complete all the rotations and training at UK Chandler Medical Center. During the cardiac surgical operating room rotation, the fellow will be exposed to the entire gamut of surgical procedures including CABG (on and off pump), valve replacement and repair, thoracic aorta surgeries, as well as extensive heart transplantation, lung transplantation, Ventricular Assist Device placement, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation and ECMO. Other clinical rotations include non-cardiac thoracic surgery (pulmonary and esophageal surgery), Cardiac Critical Care, TEE, Cardiopulmonary bypass and ECMO. Cardiac imaging education is an important component of this fellowship and includes TEE (including 3-D) as well as training in other imaging modalities (including TTE) with cardiology. Graduates should anticipate becoming eligible for certification in Advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography (National Board of Echocardiography).



Clinical training will be supplemented with a didactic program via Grand Rounds, Journal Clubs, lectures, one-on-one seminars with the faculty, and simulation-based training. The fellow will be offered the opportunity to participate in clinical research and encouraged to present at national or international conferences after completion of a scholarly project. The overarching goals are to nurture the post-graduate physician and to become expert in the field of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, both as a clinician and educator.



Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year will be accepted from 11/10/2017 to 04/30/2018. Interviews will be conducted in February/March 2018.

Applications are to be submitted through the SF Match CAS.

SF Match CAS


Rebecca Phillips Webb
GME Program Coordinator - Fellowships
Department of Anesthesiology
800 Rose Street MN256
Lexington, KY 40536
Phone: 859.218-0097
Fax: 859-323-1080
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