Training in the Cardiothoracic Surgery PA Fellowship

The LSU Health Shreveport Cardiothoracic Surgery program has a 40-year history of taking care of routine and advanced coronary artery, valvular, aortic, and pulmonary pathology. The patients that are served come from all areas of Louisiana and the surrounding three state region. Three full-time Board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons routinely perform coronary artery bypass grafting, valvular repair and replacement, replacement of the aortic root and arch along with composite repair of the thoracoabdominal aorta. Pulmonary surgery includes resection of cancers of the chest wall, lung, and mediastinal structures along with the ability to perform these procedures through open, thoracoscopic, and robotic technologies. Advanced esophageal surgery is also available. We excel not only in the surgical management of primary and secondary cardiothoracic problems but also have the ability to provide 24 hours per day in-house physician intensive care and monitoring. Referrals can be seen in our outpatient clinic and through in-house consultation at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport.


Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Academic Medical Center 
1541 Kings Hwy, Shreveport, LA 71103
Number of Beds:  452
Number of ORs:  27 (including burn unit)
Regional Level I Trauma Center


As a Physician Assistant trainee, clinical experiences will be directly supervised by instructional faculty (to include Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, residents, and MDs at LSU Health Shreveport and Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Academic Medical Center. Clinical experiences will include conducting systematic, ongoing assessment of the patient's health status throughout the perioperative experience and providing comprehensive care for cardiothoracic patients with chronic and acute conditions, including interdependent responsibilities in the assessment, diagnosis, and initiation of treatment and procedures.

Through this fellowship, PA trainees will obtain a broad educational and clinical background in the care of Cardiothoracic patients. PA trainees will observe and practice alongside their instructional faculty, rotating through Cardiothoracic services and supporting services. PA trainees must progress with increasing independence throughout the program and be capable of competent practice as a surgical PA to successfully complete the program. PA trainees will be involved in education, consultation, research, and evaluation of clinical practice at various levels. All trainees must meet all essential duties and responsibilities listed below. These duties and responsibilities are not intended to deter any candidate for whom reasonable accommodation will allow for successful completion of the training program.

Medical Training

By the end of the fellowship year, you will exhibit a working knowledge of the following disease entities:

  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Adult congenital heart disease
  • Lung and Esophageal Cancer
  • Thoracic Disease
  • Thoracic Trauma
  • Care of the critically ill
  • Perioperative medicine
  • Shock due to various etiologies
  • Surgical Triage
  • Surgical Management and Intervention
  • Surgical First Assist

Surgical Training

The fellowship provides in-depth exposure and experiential training on all aspects of:

  • Cardiac surgeries to include coronary artery bypass grafting, valvular surgeries, epicardial lead placement, and other cardiac-specific surgical intervention
  • Bedside assistance in advanced thoracic minimally invasive robotic procedures
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  • Lung diseases such as empyema, carcinomas, biopsies, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery
  • Esophageal diseases that require surgical intervention
  • Training in endovascular vein harvesting
  • Intra-operative patient management and techniques

  • Post-surgical management