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Columbia University Medical Center


General Information:
Chair: Margaret Wood, M.D.
Cardiothoracic/Cardiovascular Anesthesia Fellowship Director: Jack Shanewise, MD
Mailing Address:
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons Department of Anesthesiology 630 West 168th Street
New York
New York
Application Process:
Contact the division administrator, Monica Roberts, at 212-342-2210 or mr2401@cumc.columbia.edu for information about the application process.
General Program Information:
Number of positions: 7
Position(s) available 2012: 7
Position(s) available 2013: 7
Type(s) of Fellowship Training Avaible:
  • Clinical Only
  • Clinical Basic Research
  • Clinical Clinical
Annual Salary: $55,343
Minimum Length of Training: 12 months
Number of CA-4/CA-5 Fellows Completing 12-24 Months Cardiothoracic/Cardiovascular Training in Previous 5 Years: 24
Bessie Kachulis
Thoracic anesthesia, Lung Volume Reduction Surgery
Desmond Jordan
Critical Care, Outcomes, Medical Informatics
Ervant Nishanian
Pharmacokinestics of intra-arterial drugs
Jack Shanewise
Intraoperative echocardiography, transcatheter valve interventions, fellowship program director
Jeremy Poppers
Jessica Spellman
Jonathan Hastie
Education Critical Care
Marc Dickstein
Right Ventricular Mechanics, Pulmonary Circulation
Mark Heath
Physiology of Substance P in Spinal Cord
Maya Jalbout Hastie
Education, fellowship associate program director
Sansan Lo
Sarah Smith
Steve Miller
Sumeet Goswami
Critical Care, OR systems
Taylor Johnston
Anesthesia for EP and Interventional Cardiology, resident eduation
Academic Program:
Fellow Conferences Frequency: 16 per month
Type: TEE conference, CT anesthesia conference, Journal club, Anesthesia Grand Rounds, Critical Care Grand Rounds
Extra-Institutional Educational Conference Support: $1600/year (plus any at which fellow presents)
In the Previous 5 Years, Fellows were 1st or 2nd Author On:

Abstract: Yes
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles: Yes
Book Chapters:
Other Publications:


Funding: Dept/Institutional Funds
Dedicated Research Time: 1-2 days per week, up to 2 months block time
Echocardiography Instruction: dedicated intraop TEE days, ECHO laboratory, free textbooks, workbooks, tap
Critical Care Rotation: 1 month in Cardiothoracic Surgery ICU staffed by anesthesia crritical care
Formal Course Work Available in: biostatistics, epidemiology, study design, medical informatics
Maximum Time in Non-OR Activities: 2 months elective time, 1/2 to 1 month in cardiology echo lab

Clinical Program:
Number of Cardiac Procedures with CPB Per Year: 1800
Distribution of cases: 60% valve, 30% CABG, 10% aortic, 10% congenital
Average Number of CPB Procedures Per Trainee Per Year: 120
Number of Cardiac Procedures off-CPB Per Year: 100
Distribution of case: 10% CABGs off pump, 90% on pump
Average Number of off-CPB Procedures Per Trainee Per Year: 10
Number of Non-Cardiac Thoracic Cases Per Year: 700
Number of Heart, Lung and Heart/Lung Transplants Per Year: 120
Number of Major Vascular Cases Per Year: 100
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