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Department and faculty

Staff in the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota treats disorders of the heart, aorta and blood vessels. Mayo Clinic's cardiovascular care center is one of the largest in the United States, with cardiovascular surgeons performing approximately 3,000 cardiovascular operations each year using state-of-the-art technology.

At Mayo Clinic, physicians collaborate to determine the most appropriate care for each patient. Cardiovascular surgeons work within a multidisciplinary team to care for adults and children with cardiovascular disease.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for Cardiovascular Diseases and Cardiac Surgery by U.S. News & World Report.


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 training program.

Advisers and mentors

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

Visiting professors

Each year the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery hosts the John W. Kirklin Named Visiting Professorship in Cardiovascular Surgery. This event is made possible with support through an endowment from John W. Kirklin, M.D., and Margaret K. Kirklin, M.D. It has become one of the divisions' most important academic activities and includes rounds and lectures with nationally and internationally renowned cardiovascular surgeons.

In addition, many other 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.

  • Feb 6, 2012
  • ART937601