Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia

The Cardiovascular Anesthesia subspecialty offers an ACGME-approved, one-year fellowship designed to provide clinical subspecialty training and clinical research opportunities. The clinical fellowship is flexible and designed to meet the needs of those interested in either an academic career or clinical practice.

The Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship Program provides trainees with extensive experience in the perioperative care of patients undergoing all types of contemporary cardiac surgical procedures. These include coronary artery bypass (on and off cardiopulmonary bypass), valve replacement and repair (including transcutaneous aortic valve replacement and mitral valve repair; MitraClip), aortic and left ventricular aneurysm resection and repair, complex aortic surgery including aortic dissection, aortic arch replacement, and hypothermic circulatory arrest, temporary (e.g., VV and VA ECMO, ProtekDuo) and durable (e.g., HeartMate, HeartWare) ventricular assist devices, total artificial heart implantation, and heart and lung transplantation.

Fellows rotate through the cardiovascular intensive care unit to develop expertise in postoperative care. Fellows gain comprehensive experience in intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) through training in the operating room, journal clubs, TEE review sessions, a dedicated rotation in the Zablocki Veterans Affairs Echocardiography Laboratory, and state-of-the-art simulation. Fellows are fully prepared to successfully complete National Board of Echocardiography certification in Advanced Perioperative TEE. Fellows also have the opportunity to participate in clinical or basic science research.

Clinical rotations

Milwaukee VA Medical Center Building

Milwaukee VA Medical Center

Echo: 1 month
Hearts: 5 months


Froedtert Hospital

Hearts: 6 months
CVICU: 1 month


To apply, please complete the MCW Affiliated Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Application Form (PDF) and submit it to Fellowships Coordinator Sarah Beyler at sbeyler@mcw.edu.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Current fellows


Michelle Grady, MD

Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellow


Dustin Hang, MD

Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellow

Contact us

For more information about the Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia fellowship program, please get in touch

Paul Pagel, MD, PhD

Program Director

Sarah Beyler

Fellowships Coordinator

Anesthesiology Fellowships
Medical College of Wisconsin
9200 W. Wisconsin Ave.
P.O. Box 26099
Milwaukee, WI 53226


(414) 805-6106