The Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at Cooper University Health Care is a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship program that provides a well-balanced year of educational, academic, and clinical experience. Cooper University Health Care is a tertiary care center that boasts a growing volume of cardiothoracic cases. The cardiothoracic surgery team performs a variety of cardiac cases ranging from minimally invasive valve repairs and replacements to off-pump coronary bypass surgeries.
In 2016, over 550 cardiac surgeries were performed, including approximately 200 cases without cardiopulmonary bypass. Cooper is the regional leader in Trans-catheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR). Cooper is also a major aortic center. We have performed over 50 major aortic operations in the last year, including several open thoracic aortic aneurysm repairs. Fellows can expect to become intimately involved with advanced procedures including complex aortic surgery and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. Cooper is also seeing a rapidly growing volume of non-cardiac thoracic patients, providing fellows with significant experience in robotic and open lung resection, mediastinal surgery, esophageal resection, and interventional pulmonology procedures.
While there is a large volume of clinical cases for the fellows to gain experience, trainee education remains the cornerstone of our fellowship program. Assignments are typically based on educational need and not staffing requirements; fellows will usually participate in the most complex procedures of the day. The fellow will gain experience with both supervision of trainees and with independent practice where he/she will function as the primary house staff. Additionally, the fellow will spend a month-long rotation with consulting cardiologists, performing and reviewing transesophageal echocardiography studies.
The Department of Anesthesiology has a diverse and excellent cardiothoracic faculty who are experts in their field; they play an integral role in perioperative decision making. Our entire cardiothoracic anesthesiology faculty is extremely facile with transesophageal echocardiography. Academically, faculty members are involved in several IRB-approved projects. Nationally, they are involved with the leadership of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists. We also have two American Board of Anesthesiology oral examiners on our staff. We enjoy significant infrastructural support of our departmental academic mission from Cooper University Health Care and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, including two full-time research coordinators. The department currently has more than 20 IRB-approved studies ongoing.
The cardiothoracic faculty at Cooper fosters an educational and supportive environment that will help our fellows grow and mature into exceptional clinicians. With the breadth of training this program provides, we are confident in the ability of our graduating fellows to provide exceptional care anywhere they go.