Department and Faculty

The Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesia, led by chair William J. Mauermann, M.D., is part of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

The cardiovascular and thoracic (CVT) anesthesia surgical practice encompasses a broad variety of case types. In addition to coronary revascularization and valve repair or replacement, Mayo Clinic 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 robotic-assisted and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. A rapidly growing interventional cardiac surgery and cardiology practice offers you exposure to percutaneous valve procedures, device implants and electrophysiology ablation procedures.

While the cardiothoracic practice is busy, sufficient staffing allows you to maintain an appropriate work-life balance.


Mayo Clinic uses a perioperative information management system. In the Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic 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 you throughout your career.


In addition to caring for patients in clinical practices, Mayo Clinic's faculty is committed to teaching and facilitating the growth of medical knowledge. Many of our faculty members have published and lectured extensively and are highly regarded in their fields. You have direct access to the anesthesiology and perioperative medicine faculty at Mayo Clinic throughout your training in the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship.

Advisers and mentors

You are assigned a dedicated faculty adviser who can provide comprehensive educational advice and personal support. Trainees meet with their advisers periodically throughout the program to review their progress and career goals, and ensure that their educational needs are being met. Your adviser also serves as a contact point for introducing you and your family to Rochester, Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic system.

Visiting professors

Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year. They present their work during lectures, participate in hospital rounds and have informal discussions with trainees. You are encouraged to take full advantage of these educational opportunities.

Program Director

  1. Kent H. Rehfeldt, M.D.
    1. Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Associate Director

  1. Mark M. Smith, M.D.
    1. Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Aug. 24, 2017