Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship

Program Overview

The Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a one-year, ACGME-accredited program that admits one fellow per year.

Program Details

The Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship is designed to prepare the fellow for a career specializing in providing comprehensive anesthetic care of patients undergoing complicated cardiac and thoracic procedures.

Eligible applicants should have completed an ACGME-approved anesthesiology residency program.

The cardiac anesthesia fellowship is focused on the tutoring of a prospective fellow for the perioperative transesophageal echocardiography examination (PTE). A prospective fellow also will be provided with an opportunity to perform, under appropriate supervision, a number of transesophageal echocardiograms (TEE) sufficient to satisfy the certification criteria of the American Board of Echocardiography in perioperative transesophageal echocardiography.

The fellow will be given one TEE day per week during which that person is expected to:

  • Perform and read TEEs under supervision of experienced echo cardiographers
  • Participate in the echocardiography conferences given by the departments of cardiology and anesthesiology
  • Teach anesthesia residents and medical students and/or participate in the on-going clinical research projects

The prospective fellow will be assigned to provide cardiothoracic anesthesia under the supervision of the attending cardiac anesthesiologist two times per week. Assignments to the adult or pediatric cases, as well as rotations through thoracic and major vascular operating rooms, division of perfusion and postoperative critical care units may be individualized according to the fellow’s desires.

The division provides anesthetic care for approximately 800 patients per year. Patients undergo several surgeries including, coronary artery bypass grafting, including Off-pump CABG, valve repair and replacement, ventricular assist device implantation, heart transplant surgery and thoracic aortic aneurysm repairs. We also provide anesthetic care in about 300 complex pediatric cardiac procedures per year.

The division also plays an active role in the Cardiac Cath Lab and Hybrid Suite providing anesthetic care for critically ill patients undergoing high-risk procedures such as TAVR implantation, Mitraclip procedures, ICD lead extractions and ablation procedures.

A unique element of our fellowship is the opportunity for exposure to pediatric cardiac anesthesia in the developing world. The fellow will be offered the opportunity to participate in our annual mission to Ecuador, South America. A team of anesthesiologists, surgeons and nurses travel to Ecuador each year to perform corrective surgical procedures in pediatric patients with congenital heart disease.

By offering this high-quality fellowship program in cardiac anesthesia, it is the goal of the department and the division to train strong future leaders in clinical practice, scientific study and anesthetic education.

Our Team

To Apply

Register with the SF Match and submit application materials directly through the Common Application System within SF Match.


Current Fellows

Contact Us

Mailing Address

Penn State Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
500 University Drive, H187
Hershey, PA  17033

General Contact Information

Fax:  717-531-0826