The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery offers a two year ACGME Accredited fellowship in Congenital Cardiac Surgery. The program is dedicated to providing excellence and commitment in patient care, cultivating future generations of surgical leaders, embracing diversity, promoting inclusiveness, and simultaneously providing innovative research and education in our community, across geographical borders, and globally for patients with congenital heart disease.

Program Goals

The goal of the Congenital Cardiac Program is provide an introduction to all forms of congenital heart defects, and to provide a graded progression of responsibility in the pre-operative, intraoperative and postoperative management of patients with congenital heart defects. To assure that, upon completion of the full program, the fellow will have had all of the clinical educational experience needed to prepare for successful completion of the certification process by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery in the Sub-specialty of Congenital Cardiac Surgery, and lay the foundation for a lifetime of self-education and improvement in the field. The program provides progression of responsibility in pre-operative, intraoperative and postoperative management of patients with congenital heart defects.

Requirements & Eligibility
  • USMLE Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3 Completion
  • Successful completion of an ACGME Accredited Thoracic Surgery Fellowship Program by the time of enrollment.
Application Process

The Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship is a two year program and our program participates in the SF Match every other year. Match for the 2025 year will open July 2024. The match is conducted by SF Match. All applicants must register with SF Match to participate.

To be considered for a fellowship position staring in July, an application must be submitted no later than July 31, 2024.

Application Requirements:

  • TSDA Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship Match Universal Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of Honors/Awards (if not included on CV)
  • List of Publications (if not included on CV)
  • Personal Statement
  • Letter or Recommendation No. 1 from Program Director
  • Letter of Recommendation No. 2
  • Letter of Recommendation No. 3
  • Health/Ethical Considerations attachment (if applicable)
  • Photo
  • Signed TSDA Rules and regulations agreement
Program Leadership

Pirooz Eghtesady, MD, PhD

Section Chief of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery



Program Faculty

Dilip Nath, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery



Jacob Miller, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

2021Jacob MillerWashington University School of Medicine
2022Vinod SebastianUCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital