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University of Colorado Denver


General Information:
Chair: Thomas K. Henthorn, MD
Cardiothoracic/Cardiovascular Anesthesia Fellowship Director: Bryan Ahlgren, DO
Mailing Address:
Kathy Riggs Program Coordinator 12631 E. 17th Ave, AO1 8203
Application Process:
Please visit the website below to download application and instructions. http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/departments/Anesthesiology/Education/fellowships/cardiacfellowship/Pages/cardiac.aspx
General Program Information:
Number of positions: 2
Position(s) available 2012: 2
Position(s) available 2013: 2
Type(s) of Fellowship Training Avaible:
  • Clinical Only
  • Clinical Basic Research
  • Clinical Clinical
Annual Salary: PGY V. level
Minimum Length of Training: 12 months
Number of CA-4/CA-5 Fellows Completing 12-24 Months Cardiothoracic/Cardiovascular Training in Previous 5 Years: 5
Gravlee, Glenn
Cardiac Anesthesia, Evidence based medicine
Nasrallah, Fadi
Cardiothoracic Anesthesia
Puskas, Ferenc
Cardiohoracic Anesthesia, TEE
Seres, Tamas
Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, TEE, TEG
Sullivan, Breandan
Twite, Mark
Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia
Weitzel, Nathaen
Academic Program:
Fellow Conferences Frequency: 2-3 per week
Type: Clinical, research, TEE
Extra-Institutional Educational Conference Support: 2 meetings per year
In the Previous 5 Years, Fellows were 1st or 2nd Author On:

Abstract: 1
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:
Book Chapters:
Other Publications: 1


Funding: Departmental/Institutional Funds
Dedicated Research Time: 1 Academic day per week, 1-2 months dedicated research time for project.
Echocardiography Instruction: Cardiology lab 4-8 weeks, OR practice, TEE lab reading.
Critical Care Rotation: 1 month required.
Formal Course Work Available in:
Maximum Time in Non-OR Activities: 3 months out of 12 months.

Clinical Program:
Number of Cardiac Procedures with CPB Per Year: 600
Distribution of cases: 35 % CABG, 25 % Valve, 16 % Aorta, 9 % Congenital
Average Number of CPB Procedures Per Trainee Per Year: 150
Number of Cardiac Procedures off-CPB Per Year: 10
Distribution of case: 35 % CABG, 25 % Valve, 16 % Aorta, 9 % Congenital, LVAD 5 %, Heart tx 9 %,
Average Number of off-CPB Procedures Per Trainee Per Year: 5
Number of Non-Cardiac Thoracic Cases Per Year: 700
Number of Heart, Lung and Heart/Lung Transplants Per Year: 45
Number of Major Vascular Cases Per Year: 50
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