Residency Program

The University of Louisville’s Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency program is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as a two-year clinical program with one resident per year. Residents receive training in adult and pediatric cardiovascular and thoracic surgery.


Successful completion of a five-year General Surgery residency program in an ACGME-approved site in the United States.

Foreign candidates must be certified by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and have a J1 visa. They must be ABS certified or eligible, and they must be eligible for a Kentucky State Medical License.

The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure uses the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS). For licensing information please visit the Kentucky Medical Board’s website.



The Residency Program is open to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or age.

The Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery is an academic department of the School of Medicine at the University of Louisville. The program has 10 faculty members who perform over 1500 major operations each year, including adult cardiac, pediatric cardiac, and lung procedures. Training is offered in advanced treatments such as minimally invasive techniques (including the Da Vinci Xi Robotic System) and cardiac assist devices.

Our program offers residents concentrated training at two outstanding facilities, both conveniently located on the UofL Health Science Campus: Jewish Hospital and Norton Children's Hospital. These opportunities include concentrated experience in complex adult cardiac surgery, heart failure intervention, ventricular assist devices, adult and pediatric heart transplantation, lung transplantation, thoracic and minimally invasive thoracic surgery, congenital heart surgery and structural heart procedures like TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) and MitraClip®.

Length of Program: Two years

Positions Available: One residency a year at the PGY-6 level.

Start Date: August 1

Applications must be submitted using ERAS.

The Residency Program is open to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or age.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Completion of five years of training in General Surgery
  • Board Eligible in General Surgery

Application Requirements

  • Personal statement/cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with your training
  • Official transcripts from medical school
  • Copies of your General Surgery in-training examination reports
  • Photo ID

Application Timeline

Applications for appointment year 2025 open on December 1, 2023. Please submit application materials through the National Resident Matching Program at the link provided. Candidates invited to interview will be contacted via ERAS in early January 2024 after all applications are reviewed.


For more information contact:

Wende Elkins
Residency Coordinator 
Phone: 502-588-7659

Caitlin Griffin, M.D.
Residency: University of Louisville, Kentucky


Ansley Smith, M.D.

Joining the department August 2024

Residency: University of Louisville, Kentucky

Brad Ceremuga, D.O.

Brad Ceremuga, D.O.


Now: Spartanburg Health System, South Carolina









Brian Bateson, D.O.






 Brian Bateson, D.O.


Now: Seattle Children's Hospital, Washington






Kirill Zakharov, D.O.


Now: Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Sparrow Health System, Michigan






Katy Marino
, M.D.


Now: Thoracic Surgeon, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas






Christina Glenn, M.D.


Now: Thoracic & General Surgeon, University of Michigan Health -West, Michigan