Department and Faculty

Mayo Clinic's General Thoracic Surgery practice is the largest in the Midwest and is among the largest in the United States. Mayo Clinic general thoracic surgeons perform high volumes of complex chest surgery procedures using the latest technology and procedure innovations. Mayo Clinic's general thoracic surgery team is actively involved in many clinical trials looking into the latest treatments for chest diseases.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester is one of the largest cardiovascular care centers in the United States, with nine cardiovascular surgeons on staff. Mayo Clinic in Rochester has been ranked first or second in cardiovascular practice in the U.S. News and World Report "America's Best Hospitals" report since it has been published.

The majority of general thoracic and cardiovascular surgery is performed at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus. It features 45 operating rooms equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic and surgical equipment.


Mayo Clinic's general thoracic surgery team provides high quality, comprehensive diagnosis and surgical care to adult patients. The team is staffed by five board-certified general thoracic surgeons. General thoracic surgeons who are board certified in general thoracic surgery have the training necessary to diagnose and surgically manage disease of the chest.

The general thoracic surgery staff performs more than 1,700 procedures per year. This includes surgical procedures on the chest wall, lungs, trachea, mediastinum, diaphragm and esophagus. Minimally invasive and robotic procedures are also performed.

Cardiovascular surgeons at Mayo Clinic in Rochester specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of disorders affecting the heart, aorta and other great vessels. The team is staffed by nine board-certified cardiovascular surgeons. This includes surgeons with expertise in transplantation, congenital heart disease and ventricular assist devices.

In Rochester, Mayo Clinic cardiovascular surgeons perform more than 2,500 heart operations each year using state-of-the-art technology, including minimally invasive techniques. The cardiovascular surgery practice includes on and off-pump coronary artery bypass, valve repair and replacement, complex congenital heart disease, transplantation, and exposure to ventricular assist devices.

You will be assigned a faculty adviser who can provide comprehensive educational advice and personal support. Your adviser also will serve as a contact point, introducing you and your family to Rochester and the Mayo Clinic system.

Visiting Professors
Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year. They present their work during noon and/or morning lectures and participate in hospital rounds. You will be encouraged to take full advantage of these opportunities.

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