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  • Excellence in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Education, and Research

Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

The Duke Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery provides excellent results and leads national and international efforts to develop new treatments for patients with diseases within the chest. 

The Duke Cardiology and Heart Surgery program currently ranks 5th nationwide by U.S. News & World Report.

Excellence in Clinical Care

Our team treats diseases within the chest, including heart disease, lung disease, aneurysms of the great vessels, and disorders of the esophagus. We have a large team of devoted faculty, nursing, and ancillary staff who are committed to excellence.

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Cardiovascular Surgery Clinical Trials Network (CTSN)

Duke is one of only nine sites in the United States that participate in the Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network (CTSN) funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The CTSN is a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)-sponsored network developed to promote clinical research in cardiac surgery, and is now entering its 7th year of funding with a commitment for an additional five years.

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Traditional Cardiovascular Surgery Residency

The training programs in cardiothoracic surgery at Duke University Medical Center are designed to develop academic cardiothoracic surgeons. We offer a traditional training program and have recently been approved by the ACGME to offer an integrated program.

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