The thoracic surgery fellowship training program is a two-year program sponsored jointly by the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center (UKMC) and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). It accepts one applicant each year.

The fellowship at the University of Kentucky seeks to train applicants interested in practicing general thoracic surgery. The state of Kentucky provides a unique training environment. It has one of the highest lung cancer prevalence rates in the United States combined with challenges to access of care in our rural population creating both a high volume and high complexity practice.

The University of Kentucky houses an STS three-star esophageal cancer program and the majority of the complex benign esophageal surgery is performed by the thoracic team.  With a strong thoracic operative experience and an individually designed simulation program to accelerate learning, our graduates will be optimally prepared to manage a complex general thoracic practice.