Advanced Practice Professional Cardiothoracic Fellowship Program

The Cardiothoracic Surgical Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Fellowship is an intensive 12-month advanced training program which is the first-of-its kind in West Virginia. The training will be comprised of didactic and clinical curriculums that will occur concomitantly. Our program will provide you with a solid foundation in the diagnosis and management of conditions common to cardiothoracic surgery patients and will include a robust intraoperative experience. The goal of this program is to provide the fellow with the tools needed to have a successful career in cardiothoracic surgery.


To enhance the clinical knowledge, skills and expertise of advance practice providers in cardiothoracic surgery.


Fellows will rotate through cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery and cardiovascular intensive care services. Fellows will gain hands on experience while participating in all aspects of intraoperative care of cardiac and thoracic patients. A full breakdown of rotations can be found in the link below.

Curriculum Overview

Our APP fellows will have exposure to coronary bypass and associated conduit harvesting (open and endoscopic saphenous vein harvest and radial artery harvest), aortic, mitral, tricuspid valve procedures, ascending and descending aortic procedures, thoracic procedures including neoplastic and non-neoplastic lung resection, esophagectomy, foregut surgery, robotic first-assist procedures, simulation laboratory sessions, central venous access/swan-ganz catheter placement, arterial line placement, chest tube placement, thoracentesis, intra-aortic balloon placement and removal, endotracheal intubation and ventilator management.


  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU)

Explore rotations in detail


This training opportunity takes place in Morgantown, West Virginia and is primarily based out of WVU Medicine’s flagship academic medical center J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute. The hospital is a 690-bed tertiary care center and the largest hospital in the WVU Medicine health system. Learn more about the opportunities at WVU and the surrounding area: