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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 11th 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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Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network (CTSN)

Duke is one of only ten Core Clinical 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 cardiothoracic surgery, and has been continuously funded since 2006.

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Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Programs

The training programs in cardiothoracic surgery at Duke University Medical Center are designed to train and develop academic cardiothoracic surgeons. We offer 3 training pathways: the traditional training program (3 years following general or vascular surgery residency training), the integrated 6-year (I-6) training program, and the joint training program (JTP) in conjunction with the Duke general surgery residency program.

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