Thoracic Surgery In The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Current Residents

Integrated CT Surgical Program Residents: Michael Paulsen, Sumanth Kidambi, Ashley Black, David Scoville, Peter Chiu, Zach Brewer, Sanford Zeigler, Justin Schaffer, Michael Ma, Mastaneh Ahmadi-Kashani, George Dimeling
Thoracic Track Resident: Mathieu Rousseau

Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgical Program Residents
Michael Paulsen - PGY1

Educational Background:
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: University of Michigan

Personal Statements:
What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?
"Cardiothoracic surgery allows you to utilize both your mind and hands in order to provide tangible and enduring improvements in patients' quality and quantity of life."
What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?
"Stanford has a longstanding tradition and commitment to educating leaders in academic cardiothoracic surgery, transforming residents into outstanding clinical surgeons, astute researchers, and dedicated teachers. This history, combined with the experience of being the oldest integrated cardiothoracic surgery residency in the country, makes Stanford an unparalleled place to train."

Sumanth Kidambi - PGY1

Educational Background:
Undergraduate: University of Illinois
Medical School: University of Illinois

Personal Statements:
What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?
"For me, it was the ideal combination of medicine and surgery. There's a lot of complex pathophysiology involved and the procedures require a great deal of technical skill. In addition, you have the opportunity and privilege of taking care of some really sick patients."
What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?
"There's a great tradition for cardiothoracic surgery at Stanford and it's humbling to be a part of that. The emphasis on education is tremendous here and you really get the sense that they are training you not just to be good clinicians but good leaders. I also like the overall culture of Stanford and the Bay Area in terms of their enthusiasm for new ideas."

Ashley Black - PGY2
Ashley Black, MD

Educational Background:
Undergraduate: Wake Forest University
Medical School: University of Florida

Personal Statements:
What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?
"Cardiothoracic surgery is an exciting and challenging field. The operations are incredible and provide opportunities to significantly improve patients’ lives."
What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?
"At Stanford, there is a rich tradition of cardiothoracic surgery, the faculty are dedicated to training the residents, and the environment is warm and collegial."

David Scoville - PGY3
David Scoville, MD

Educational Background:
Undergraduate: Brigham Young University
Medical School: University of Kansas

Personal Statements:
What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?
"I enjoy the mental and technical demands of cardiothoracic operations and the intellectual challenge of pre-operative decision making and postoperative critical care management. It is truly an invigorating field."
What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?
"Stanford’s track record is unmatched and stems from the unique training environment established by Dr. Shumway and perpetuated by current faculty where residents are guided and mentored by leaders in cardiothoracic surgery."

Peter Chiu - PGY3
Peter Chiu, MD

Educational Background:
Undergraduate: Yale University
Medical School: Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons

Personal Statements:
What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?
"Cardiothoracic surgery is both technically demanding and elegant. Further, the patient narratives are the most compelling."
What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?
"The opportunity to train under giants in cardiothoracic surgery and join a line of distinguished graduates makes the clinical and research experience at Stanford unparalleled."

Zach Brewer - PGY4
Zack Brewer, MD

Educational Background:
Undergraduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Personal Statements:
What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?
"Cardiothoracic surgeons are the engineers of the surgical community: they carefully plan, design, build, and troubleshoot. CT surgery is where the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and complex co-morbidities of patients intertwines with dexterity, stamina, and empathy to produce a result that no medicine can."
What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?
"Stanford offers an unparalleled training environment and is committed to training the next generation of cardiothoracic surgeons. No other place has such a marked place in the history of the field and yet has such a firm grasp of the future."

Sanford Zeigler - PGY4
Sanford Zeigler, MD

Educational Background:
Undergraduate: University of the South
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina

Personal Statements:
What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?
"Cardiothoracic Surgery is a complex, dynamic field that requires a high level of functioning both with the hands and in the mind. CT Surgery is often transformative for the patients that need it, and can drastically improve their quality of life."
What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?
"Stanford has a long history of training leaders in CT Surgery, and its Integrated Program is the natural progression of this tradition. The accelerated pace of the program in conjunction with a culture of meritocracy within the University allows residents to assume leadership roles in the OR and hospital far more quickly than would be expected in a traditional training pathway."

Justin Schaffer - PGY5
Justin Schaffer, MD

Educational Background:
Undergraduate: Stanford University
Medical School: The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Personal Statements:
What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?
"Resolving cardiac pathology has a dramatic impact on the lives of patients. The thrill of the operations and the gratification of instantly seeing the results of your work make the career tremendously satisfying."
What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?
"The culture, instilled by Shumway, creates an unparalleled environment for research, innovation, collaboration, and collegiality in the pursuit of excellence in patient care."

Michael Ma - PGY5
Michael Ma, MD

Educational Background:
Undergraduate: Stanford University
Medical School: Columbia University

Personal Statements:
What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?
"Cardiothoracic surgery intimately manages 3 of the 4 cardinal vital signs and each of the emergent ABCs. It is unforgiving in its demand for clinical wisdom, technical prowess, and compassion."
What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?
"Stanford is a place where dreamers and doers are one in the same. Learning to do under giants and dreaming to stand amongst them one day are unique opportunities that leave me forever humbled and grateful."

Mastaneh Ahmadi-Kashani - PGY6
Mastaneh Ahmadi-Kashani, MD

Educational Background:
Undergraduate: University of California, Irvine
Medical School: University of Iowa

Personal Statements:
What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?
"Cardiac surgery is my joie de vivre."
What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?
"The faculty; they're cool, generous, funny and of course masters of surgery."

George Dimeling - PGY6
George Dimeling, MD

Educational Background:
Undergraduate: University of Virginia
Graduate: Georgetown University
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine

Personal Statements:
What do you enjoy most about cardiothoracic surgery as a career?
"I cant think of anything more important than repairing someone's heart."
What do you enjoy most about training at Stanford?
"Camaraderie, tradition, and cardiac surgery--its pretty much like heaven."

Thoracic Track Resident
Mathieu Rousseau - PGY6
Mastaneh Ahmadi-Kashani, MD

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