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Cardiothoracic Surgery

Pathway Director

Joseph T. Costic, DO


Linda Greco

Specialty Description

A thoracic surgeon provides the operative, perioperative care, and critical care of patients with acquired and congenital pathologic conditions within the chest. Included are the surgical repair of heart lesions, and congenital and acquired conditions of the heart, including the pericardium, coronary arteries, valves, and myocardium. It also includes pathologic conditions of the lung, esophagus, and chest wall, abnormalities of the great vessels, tumors of the mediastinum, and diseases of the diaphragm and pericardium. Management of the airway and injuries of the chest are within the scope of the specialty (Source: The American Board of Medical Specialties)

Time Requirement

Residency training in thoracic surgery is six to eight years.



Pathway Information

Drexel and Clinical Site Residency Programs

Drexel University College of Medicine Student Interest Groups

National Organizations

The national specialty organizations can provide medical students with excellent resources as well as updates on current activities within the field, conferences, and on-going research opportunities and research funding.

Residency Application and Match Info*

ERAS - Application Services

NRMP - Matching Program

Data National DUCoM
Average Application Count by Specialty (2020)**   N/A
Mean Number of programs ranked in matched specialty (2018-2020)*** N/A N/A


*The number of applications and programs ranked will vary based on many factors. Students should seek advice from their Pathway Advisor and/or their Student Affairs Career Advisor in conjunction with the data above.
**Data drawn from ERAS data
*** Data drawn from NRMP Characterstics of Matched Seniors