Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia


  • Center City Campus
  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Degree Earned

  • Fellowship

Program Length

1 year

Program Type

  • On Campus

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Position: Program Director
Organization: Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship

Program Information

Name: Kymberley Ballato, CPC
Position: Fellowship Coordinator
Organization: Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

111 South Eleventh Street
Suite 8290
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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The Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the Sidney Kimmel Medical College offers two ACGME accredited Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship position(s) starting in July of each year. During fellowship training the fellow will develop confidence in the anesthetic management of adults for cardiothoracic surgery and patients with significant cardiovascular and systemic comorbidity. We expect they will develop comfort in the preoperative evaluation and postoperative intensive care of these patients, become facile with intraoperative TEE for diagnosis and management of cardiac surgery, to plan and execute scholarly projects with ease, and hone their skills in the provision of compassionate care for their patients.

Application Information

Applications are accepted through the SF Match

Candidate requirements

  • A valid Pennsylvania medical license
  • Graduation from an ACGME residency

Applicants interested in the Dual Training opportunity for Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine can visit this page for more information.

Clinical Program Description

Our Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship focuses on the multidisciplinary approach with close ties to Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiology, and Critical Care. Inpatient services are provided at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Center City Campus. The Department of Anesthesiology annually provides services for 650 cardiac procedures, 300 thoracic procedures, and 150 major vascular procedures. Case mix includes a wide variety of cardiac, structural heart, thoracic, and major vascular surgery.

  • CABG
  • Off Pump CABG
  • Valve Repair/Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Valve Repair/Replacement
  • Ascending Aorta Repair/Replacement
  • Descending Thoracic Aorta Repair/Replacement
  • Ventricular Assist Device
  • Cardiac Transplantation
  • Robotic Cardiac Surgery

  • TAVR
  • MitraClip
  • Watchman

  • Open Throacotomy Pulmonary Resection
  • Video Assisted Thorascopic Pulmonary Resection
  • Robotic Pulmonary Resection
  • Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy

  • Open Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Replacement
  • Open Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Replacement
  • Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Abdominal Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Educational Program Description

Program Goals

Fellows will demonstrate knowledge of how cardiothoracic diseases affect the administration of anesthesia and critical care services to adult cardiothoracic patients.  Fellows will be able to competently perform all medical, diagnostic, and surgical procedures considered essential for perioperative care of cardiothoracic patients.  Fellows are expected to develop skills and habits to be able to systematically analyze practice using quality improvement methods and implement changes with the goal of practice improvement.  Fellows will demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and health professionals.  Fellows will demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and an adherence to ethical principles.  Fellows will demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care, as well as the ability to effectively integrate other resources in the health system to provide optimal health care.

Clinical Rotations

Fellows complete thirteen 4-week rotations across the cardiovascular service line with emphasis on the perioperative management of cardiovascular disease. In addition to nine dedicated rotations in the cardiac operating rooms, optional electives include: Cardiac Cath Lab, Transthoracic Echo, Transfusion Medicine, Critical Care, Perfusion, Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology, Heart Failure Medicine and Research.

Didactic Curriculum/Conferences

Didactic program includes weekly lectures on advanced topics in Cardiovascular Anesthesiology, Combined Cardiovascular Service Line Case Conference, Anesthesiology Grand Rounds and Cardiac Surgery Morbidity and Mortality Conference. Fellows are provided funding and support to attend National and International meetings.

Scholarly Activity/Research

The Division of Cardiac Anesthesiology currently participates in both funded and unfunded investigator-initiated research.  Opportunities for internal grant funding exist.  Fellows are expected to participate in 2 scholarly activity projects and 1 quality improvement initiative.  Fellows are provided funding and support to attend National and International meetings.

Dual Training in Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia & Critical Care Medicine

We are offering combined fellowship positions in Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia (ACTA) and Adult Critical Care Medicine (ACCM). Visit this link to learn more.


Name Training year First Attending Location
Scott Davis, MD 2015 -2016 Penn Medicine Group: Chester
James Topper, MD 2017 - 2018 Capital Health Hopewell
Nishank Nooli, MD 2018 - 2019 University of Alabama @ Birmingham
Elise Strickler, DO 2019 - 2020 Anesthesia Services, PA
Douglas Pfeil, MD, PhD 2020 -2021 Thomas Jefferson University 
Adam Adenwala, MD 2021 -2022 Penn State Health
Wejdan Battarjee, MBBS 2022 - 2023 Work: King Abdulaziz University Hospital
Luke Olson, DO 2022 - 2023 Abington Hospital; United Anesthesia

Clinical Faculty

Jordan Goldhammer, MD Associate Professor
Program Director, Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship

Kent Berg, MD, MBA Clinical Associate Professor
Vice Chair of Anesthesiology Information Systems

Linda Ezidiegwu, MD Clinical Assistant Professor

Eric Feduska, DO Assistant Professor
Program Director, Adult Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program

Sofiane Lazar, MD Assistant Director, Adult Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
Clinical Assistant Professor

Jacob Raphael, MD, FAHA Professor
Director of Clinical Research