Department and Faculty

Clinical excellence requires experience. In 2010, the Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic (CVT) Anesthesia at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota did more than 2,700 cardiac cases. Intraoperative echocardiography is used in approximately 90 percent of cardiac operations. Typically Mayo Clinic surgeons also perform approximately 1,700 non-cardiac thoracic cases annually.

The CVT surgical practice encompasses a broad variety of case types. In addition to coronary revascularization and valve repair or replacement, Mayo surgeons routinely perform a full spectrum of CVT operations including aortic reconstruction, tumor resection, myectomy, and treatment of a variety of congenital diseases in both adult and pediatric patients.

Furthermore, Mayo Clinic has a large and growing practice related to ventricular assist device placement and CVT transplantation. Several Mayo surgeons regularly perform robot-assisted cardiac surgery. By using hybrid operating room facilities, surgeons and cardiologists work together in a growing catheter-based valve replacement practice. While the cardiothoracic practice is busy, the workload for residents and fellows is reasonable because of sufficient staffing.

Mayo Clinic uses a perioperative information management system. In the Division of CVT Anesthesia, the anesthesia record is electronic. Patient data, management protocols, procedure descriptions, and topic discussions are immediately available online. The intraoperative workstation in each operating room is intranet and Internet connected. These workstations can be used to access library resources intraoperatively, and they are an extraordinary resource as a database. Experience using this model of perioperative information management will benefit fellows throughout their careers.

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Mayo Clinic's faculty members are committed to teaching and fostering the expansion of medical knowledge. Many of our faculty have published and lectured extensively and are recognized as leaders in their fields. You will have direct access to these individuals throughout your fellowship.


You will be assigned a staff adviser to review your progress and career goals. You will meet with your adviser periodically throughout the fellowship to ensure that your educational needs are being met.

Visiting professors

Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year. They present their work during conferences and special presentations. Fellows can meet with these individuals to discuss topics in the visiting professors' area of expertise. You will be encouraged to take full advantage of these opportunities.

March 01, 2012