The Washington University at St. Louis Thoracic Surgery program is an ACGME-accredited two year program that provides a multitude of opportunities for experience in the operating room. The training follows the Thoracic Surgical Curriculum of the TSDA and benchmarks are designed to assist in board preparation for the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Marc Moon and cardiothoracic surgery fellowship graduate, Dr. Kalei Walker, perform an aortic valve replacement.


The Thoracic Surgery Program at Washington University in St. Louis is dedicated to providing excellence and commitment in patient care, cultivating future generations of surgical leaders, and promoting diversity and inclusion while simultaneously providing innovative research and education within our immediate and national community.


The goals of the Thoracic Surgery Program is to assure that upon completion of the program, the resident has all of the clinical educational experience needed to prepare for successful completion of the certification process by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and lay the foundation for a lifetime of self-education and improvement in the field.

Dr. Matt Henn and Dr. M. Faraz Masood preparing to sew the left atrial anastomosis of a heart transplant.
  • Provide excellence in patient care and lay the foundation for safe and compassionate patient care simultaneously cultivating a lifetime of self-education and improvement in the field.
  • Promote an educational environment entwined in professionalism, ethics, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrate commitment to professional responsibility and adherence to ethical principles.
  • Develop self-directed learning strategies for continuing education and assessment of knowledge base.
  • Provide concentrated exposure in clinical conditions and demonstrate knowledge of established evolving clinical and social behavioral sciences while practicing practical application of knowledge in patient care.
  • Provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective for the treatment health issues and the continued promotion of health.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal and communication that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration.
  • Investigate and evaluate care of the patients, to appropriate and assimilate scientific evidence, and continuously improve patient care based on constant self-evaluation and life-long learning.
  • Awareness and responsiveness to the larger context of health are, and to effectively transcribe with other resources in the system to provide optimal care.
  • Provide an acceptable plan of management, demonstrating knowledge in the operative and the non-operative management of the disease process.
  • Manage the patient throughout the hospital stay, including management in an intensive care unit setting, demonstrating knowledge and ability to anticipate, recognize, and manage potential complications of the disease processes and operative procedures and provide a plan for patient follow-up.
Dr. Shuddhadeb Ray and Dr. Marc Moon performing a mitral valve replacement.