This three-year program offered by the Department of Surgery’s Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at IU School of Medicine is available for individuals seeking additional training in thoracic transplantation and mechanical circulatory support. Eligible candidates must have completed a United States, board-approved training program in cardiothoracic surgery and be eligible for medical licensure in the State of Indiana.
Cardiac training emphasizes surgery for congestive heart failure, while pulmonary training emphasizes surgical management of end-stage lung disease, including ventricular assist devices, total artificial heart devices, heart transplantation, complex cardiac surgery on low EF patients, lung transplantation and ECMO. Clinical research opportunities are available and strongly encouraged. At the end of the fellowship year, trainees are competent in heart and lung procurement and implantations of hearts, lungs and ventricular assist devices as well as the initiation and care of ECMO.
Fellows in this program rotate on the cardiology heart failure service and the pulmonary transplant service. This program participates in clinical trials with innovative therapies and devices for patients with end-stage heart and lung disease and operates in an approved site for Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion as well as Transmedics Organ Care System for both heart and lungs. The fellowship program performs a significant number of heart transplants, ECMO support, ventricular assist devices, and lung transplants each year.
The transplant program of Indiana University Health and Indiana University School of Medicine includes heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas, intestine, bone marrow and stem cell transplants and is the most comprehensive program in Indiana and one of the top ten transplant centers by volume in the United States.