Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship Program

General Information

Cedars-Sinai is an academic medical center with a world-renowned faculty and extensive, highly competitive training programs in more than 50 specialty and subspecialty areas. Medical education has been a core mission of the Medical Center since its inception.  The commitment is to provide gratitude medical education programs that enable physicians in training to develop personal, clinical, and professional competence under the guidance and supervision of the faculty.

The standards of excellence that have made Cedars-Sinai known around the world for its expertise and excellence in patient care and advancement of medical research, have also made Cedars-Sinai a center for the education and training of the physicians of tomorrow. As one of the largest medical centers in the United States, Cedars-Sinai offers residents and fellows exposure to a wide range of procedures and populations.  In addition, Cedars- Sinai's facilities are among the most advanced in the world with state-of-the-art equipment and application of new technologies.

The Cardiothoracic Surgery is particularly strong in the areas of growth and future promise in cardiothoracic surgery: surgery for valvular heart disease, minimally invasive surgery, robotics, aortic surgery, general thoracic surgery, and surgery for congenital heart disease.

Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship program at Cedars- Sinai Medical Center is ACGME accredited (effective 7/1/09).  The Department of Anesthesiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has a history of commitment to education, research and state-of-the-art clinical practice. The faculty represents a cross section of graduates of the nation elite anesthesia programs.

The volume, complexity, severity of illness and innovative approaches present a clinical challenge to the Cardiothoracic anesthesiologist. It is our hope that during the time with us fellows grow not only in clinical ability and knowledge but they develop their professional and interpersonal skills as well as the confidence to perform as an effective consultant in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology.

The Cardiothoracic Anesthesia faculty is here to assist in any way they can to make your educational experience memorable.  It is our hope that you will have a most enjoyable and meaningful year of medicine. Education is a change in behavior based upon experiences. We want to engage you in all the experiences related to our subspecialty.


There are three broad goals of our fellowship program:

  1. Development of the required competencies necessary for providing anesthesia services for patients with cardiothoracic disease undergoing cardiothoracic surgery with or without extracorporeal circulation.
  2. Develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the safe conduct of preoperative patient evaluation and interpretation of cardiopulmonary diagnostic data, hemodynamic monitoring, advanced level TEE, management of cardiopulmonary bypass, and perioperative critical care.
  3. Practice the art of cardiothoracic anesthesia in a moral, ethical, and professional manner worthy of the Cedars-Sinai's model of lifelong professional excellence.

The program achieves these goals through a program that integrates educational methods based on clinical experience, didactic faculty lectures, problem-based learning discussions, learning projects including research, debates, journal presentations, and evidence-based reviews, multidisciplinary conferences, and exposure to a high volume of cardiac surgery.

The goals support the department's mission of graduating fellows who are "experts" in the provision of cardiothoracic anesthesia, who are life-long learners, and models of professional excellence with unique skills sets that allows them to make a significant contribution to the field of Cardiothoracic anesthesia.

Clearly, the primary goal in design of our fellowship program is creating an academic environment which provides an exceptional clinical experience, extensive and well organized teaching venues and the opportunity to perform original research with committed and qualified faculty.  We have incorporated the critical features necessary for a new program to offer superior training.

The Cedars-Sinai Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship training program will allow the anesthesiologist to gain both medical, surgical and anesthesia knowledge, skills required for accurate and appropriate preoperative evaluation, fluency in performance of diagnostic or therapeutic procedures, expert cardiac anesthesia management of all patients with cardiothoracic anesthesia. At the end of the fellowship training program the fellow will have completed all technical requirements and will have far exceeded the minimum professional requirements defined by the RRC, Residency Review Committee, and the American Board of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia.

In Addition, the training program is designed to ensure that fellows will not only exceed all the requirements of the American Board of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, but that they will have all the basic science and clinical tools necessary to excel in an academic or practice environment.

A unique experience aimed at developing academic cardiothoracic anesthesia for those interested in research has been planned for a research program (2months electives).  The fellows will be expected, and assisted in developing an area of academic interest during their fellowship year with mentoring by the faculty.  The fellows will have the opportunity to present their work at national conference and pursue funding for their work.

Five fellow positions are offered.

The Fellowship consists of twelve months of clinical and didactic teaching.
Year 1.

A mentoring program is available to guide fellows and to provide continual support from the faculty members.

Ample on-call facilities are provided; Fellows are on call no more than every 3rd night, with one additional weekend day off each week: Fellows receive a calendar month of vacation.  The House Staff assistance program offers assignment, evaluations, and referrals for free psychiatric services.

There are computerized systems (CS-Link, Web-VS and Careview) which allow fellows to access patient medical information at all times, even from home.

Also located within the hospital is a Medical Library. This is filled with a collection of books emphasizing clinical medicine and is searchable via the Library's electronic catalog. Also available are popular magazines, newspapers, and computers with internet access to health and medical resources.


The department of Anesthesia Library in the hospital, also known as our Learning Resource Center (LRC) is located on the 4th floor.  It is supplied with current medical text books, journals, CD's, audio cassettes.  There are computers with Internet access.  Our LRC always contains recent anesthesia texts and literature to keep our fellows, residents and faculty abreast of the current literature.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Anesthesiology Cardiothoracic division at Cedars- Sinai Medical Center is to provide the highest quality anesthesia care to the patients of this institution and to advance the science of the specialty through research and teaching.  We are committed to providing our services to the patients of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in a comprehensive and compassionate manner that maintains human dignity and is in conformance with the mission of the Cedar Sinai Medical Center.

Vision Statement

An academic medical center must provide excellent care that is compassionate and competent, focusing on the needs of the community as well as striving to continuously improve its services.

Department of Anesthesiology

  • Co-Chair, Julian Gold, MD
  • Co-Chair, Ronald H. Wender, MD

Anesthesiology Residency Program

  • Academic Chair, Ronald H. Wender, MD

Core Program Director

  • Roya Yumul, MD, PhD

Interm Cardiothoracic Division Director/Program Director

  • Roya Yumul, MD, PhD

Faculty Listing

  • Behringer, Elizabeth, MD
  • Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Conte, Antonio, MD
  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
  • D'Attellis, Nicola, MD
  • Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Daneshrad, Diba, MD
  • Faculty Member
  • DeCastro, Maria, MD
  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Durra, Omar, MD
  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Frantz, Robert, MD
  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Friedmand, Arnold, MD
  • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Gold, Julian MD
  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology,
    Co-Chair of Anesthesiology Department
  • Hackner, Errol, MD
  • Assistant Professor or Anesthesiology
  • Iboaya, Ehelmenen, MD
  • Faculty Member
  • Keith Kimble, MD
  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Lorraine, Lubin, MD
  • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Makar, Moody, MD
  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Park, Donald, MD
  • Faculty Members
  • Sullivan, Daniel,  MD
  • Clinical Instructor of Anesthesiology
  • Wender, Ronald, MD


  • Professor of Anesthesiology
    Academic Chair
    Co-Chair of Anesthesiology Department
  • Yang, Stephen, MD
  • Faculty Member
  • Yumul, Roya, MD, PhD
  • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
    Core Program, Director Anesthesiology
    Residency Program, Director of Educational Programs, Interm Program Director of Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship
  • Yusufali, Taizoon, MD
  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Zhang, Vida, MD
  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology


Residents who wish to apply for the Cedar-Sinai’s Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship must submit an application along with four references, including one from the residency program director, the department chair, and two from faculty members with whom the resident worked within the last two years. Additional references are accepted. Other application requirements are curriculum vitae, personal statement of interest, copies of your medical school license and medical school diploma, and in-training residency exam report.  The application deadline for the academic year 2014-2015 is April 30, 2013.


Interested parties may receive an application packet by contacting Olivia Hernandez, Program Coordinator or Jaime Bocanegra, Associate Program Coordinator at 310.423.1682, by fax at 310.423.4119, by email at and

The Fellowship Selection Committee will review all complete applications (application, curriculum vitae, resident In-Training exam report, and letters of recommendation) after the March 31 deadline. Candidates will then be contacted for an interview. Interviews will then be granted.

Appointees must qualify for their respective boards in Anesthesia.  Possession of a full and unrestricted license to practice as a physician in the State of California is an absolute requirement.  If you are unsure as to your qualifications to obtain this license, you may obtain the specifics from:

California Medical Board
1430 Howe Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 263-2499

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