Training & Curriculum

To provide board-eligible/certified thoracic surgeons additional experience in the management and performance of heart and lung transplants and implantation and management of mechanical circulatory support (MCS) devices. The operative cases performed by the fellow will be in excess of the UNOS requirements for certification in heart and lung transplantation (20 heart and 15 lung transplants; 10 heart and 10 lung organ procurements), and satisfy CMS requirements for destination ventricular assist device (VAD) certification (10 VADs).

At the completion of the 12-month curriculum, the fellow should be well-prepared for an academic career in thoracic organ transplantation. On average, trainees will perform this procedure during their training: 30 heart transplants, 10 lung transplants, 15 assist device implants, 10 heart procurements and 5 lung procurements.

Fellowship Program Specific Conferences


  • Block Curriculum: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7-9 a.m.
    • Self-Education, Self-Assessment in Thoracic Surgery (SESATS)
    • Mock orals
    • Didactic training
  • Surgical Simulation Training: Quarterly wet labs (to be determined)
    • Simulation Center, Cedars-Sinai
    • Pig heart dissection and anatomy
  • Cardiac Surgery Journal Club: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7-8 a.m.
    • Journal Club provides fellows within the program the opportunity to participate in live discussions with expert faculty in researching and reading about advances in cardiac and thoracic surgery, and related fields.
  • Mortality and Morbidity (M&M): Wednesdays, 7-8 a.m.
    • Review of incidents and identify adverse outcomes related to medical error and improve quality of care offered through case studies.

Department of Cardiac Surgery Specific Conferences


  • Cardiac Cath Conference: Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
  • Cardiology Grand Rounds: Tuesdays, 8-9 a.m.
  • Department of Cardiac Surgery Grand Rounds: Wednesdays, 7-8 a.m

Have Questions or Need Help?

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the Thoracic Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai, please call or send us a message.

Fardad Esmailian, MD, Surgical Director, Heart Transplant and Ventricular Assist Device Program

Xenia Lovrekovic-Delic, Program Manager

127 S. San Vicente Blvd.
Pavilion, A3100
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Kristine Galstyan, MPH, Program Coordinator

127 S. San Vicente Blvd.
Pavilion, A3100
Los Angeles, CA 90048