University of Nebraska Medical Center

Your Education

Our fellowship provides a thorough, well-rounded education through rotations, electives, clinical experiences and lectures.


  • Seven months, adult cardiac anesthesia
  • One month, thoracic anesthesia
  • One month, critical care
  • Three-plus months of two- or four-week elective rotations: Cardiac anesthesia, perioperative echo service and more


  • Perfusion technology
  • Research
  • Adult cath lab with cardiologists
  • Perioperative echo service
  • Community hospital cardiothoracic anesthesia
  • Adult echo lab with cardiologists
  • Echocardiography simulation
  • Additional adult cardiac anesthesia
  • Cardiac surgery

Clinical Experiences

The following are average procedures adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellows can expect to perform. Major vascular procedures include thorocoabdominal aneurysm repair, total arch, TEVAR and AAA. Operating equipment available includes three to four cardiac operating rooms, three hybrid operating rooms and two thoracic ORs.

Procedures 800
Distribution of Cases / Number of CPB Procedures 650-700
Number of off-CPB Cardiac Procedures 100
Number of Cardiac Procedures 550-650
Perioperative TEE (Personally performed and reviewed, does not include TTE) 323
Non-Cardiac Thoracic Procedures 75-100
Transplants: Heart 50-55
Transplants: Lung 8-15
Transplants: Combined Heart/Lung 0-3

Lecture Series

Our fellowship offers institutional conferences and lectures that enhance the clinical experience:

  • Simulation Sessions, multidisciplinary and fellowship-specific
  • Quality conferences, multidisciplinary and division-specific
  • Morbidity and Mortality conferences, multidisciplinary and division-specific
  • Journal Clubs, multidisciplinary and division-specific
  • Echo Boot Camp
  • Weekly Echo Review Conference by fellows, led by faculty
  • Lectures in cardiothoracic anesthesiology, pediatric cardiothoracic anesthesiology, critical care and cardiology
  • Problem-Based Learning Discussions with faculty
  • Anesthesiology Fellowship Education Series
  • Grand Rounds
  • Visiting Professors
Surgeons and anesthesiologists participating in simulation training.

Global Davis Simulation Center

This multidisciplinary simulation session in UNMC’s state-of-the-art Global Davis Center included cardiac surgery, anesthesia, and perfusion groups.