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Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates


Physicians Assistant Residency Program

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Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center

The Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center is associated with Weill Cornell Medical College. There is an existing affiliation with University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Physician assistant Program. At the present time, PA students have a four-week rotation in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery. This is an elective rotation. For more information contact:

Boris Bratovich, PA
Phone: 713-441-6201 or 713-790-2089
Fax: 713-793-5027
Email: borisbratovich@sbcglobal.net
or log on to: debakeyheartcenter.com

The Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center/The Methodist Hospital Department of Cardiovascular Surgery is a world-renowned organization located in Houston Texas, performing over four thousand surgeries each year.

Doctor Michael E. DeBakey was instrumental in the formation of The Methodist Hospital's Cardiovascular Surgery Service, performing the first successful coronary artery bypass in the early 1960's. In state-of-theart facilities, using some of the world's most sophisticated technology, Methodist's cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons are on the leading edge of diagnosis, treatment and discovery. This tradition of innovative treatment continues today with new techniques for mitral valve repair, stenting of great vessels, robotics, off-pump coronary bypass and transplant surgery.

Due to limitations on Physician Resident duty hours, opportunities for Physician Assistants have increased dramatically especially in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery. However, most employers require experience.

The Postgraduate Cardiovascular Residency for Physician Assistants is a 12- month program, offered by The Methodist Hospital in conjunction with Weill Cornell Medical College. It will provide qualified candidates the opportunity to learn and improve on their basic surgical sciences, clinical and operative skills, and in the process take advantage of the job opportunities available nationwide.

Length of Program: 12 months
Class Size: 2-3
Starting Date: Adjusted based on graduation date


Clinical and didactic components of the program are integrated. Residents will attend lectures in Vascular, Cardiothoracic and Cardiac Anesthesia yearround. When rotating thru ICU, more lectures will be given pertaining to care of the patient in that setting. e.g. ventilator management, fluids and electrolytes, and inotropic/vasoactive drugs.

Residents will become proficient in:

  • Endoscopic Vein Harvesting
  • Open Heart Surgery: principles and practice of first assisting
  • Vascular Surgery: principles and practice of first assisting
  • Endovascular Procedures:
    • Femoral access, femoral closure techniques
    • Basic diagnostic angiography
    • Assisting in complex endovascular procedures
  • Cardiovascular ICU care
  • Floor care for the cardiovascular patient
  • Principles of non-invasive cardiovascular imaging
  • Additional lectures available in:
    • Thoracic Journal Club
    • Vascular Journal Club
    • Weekly peripheral vascular conference
    • Weekly MDHVC lecture

All physician assistant residents will receive Robert M. Bojar's Manual of Perioperative Care in Cardiac Surgery as a reference. The Jesse Jones Medical library is steps away from the Hospital if in need of additional medical books, references or journals. Residents will have call duty which will vary depending on service assignment.