Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center

Surgical Residency Program

Dr. Michael E. DeBakey was instrumental in the formation of Houston Methodist Hospital’s cardiovascular surgery service, performing the first successful coronary artery bypass in the early 1960s. In state-of-the art facilities, using some of the world’s most sophisticated technology, Houston Methodist ’s cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons are on the leading edge of diagnosis, treatment, and discovery—performing over 4,000 surgeries each year.

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 Program is a 12-month cardiology esidency offered by Houston Methodist Hospital in conjunction with Weill Cornell Medical College. It offers qualified candidates the opportunity to learn and improve their basic surgical science, 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

Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center is associated with Weill Cornell Medical College and has an existing affiliation with University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Physician Assistant Residency Program. At the present time, PA students have a four-week rotation in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery. This is an elective rotation.


Clinical and didactic components are integrated into our PA residencies. Residents will attend lectures in vascular, cardiothoracic and cardiac anesthesia year-round. When rotating through 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
  • 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 you need additional medical books, references, or journals. Residents will have call duty, which will vary depending on service assignment.

Download the Postgraduate Physician Assistant Surgical Residency Program application

For more information, please contact:

Boris Bratovich, PA
Phone: 713-441-6201 or 713-790-2089
Fax: 713-793-5027
Email: bbratovich@houstonmethodist.org
Mailing address:
Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center of Houston Methodist Hospital
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
Physician Assistant Residency Program
6560 Fannin Street, Suite 1842
Houston, Texas 77030

For more information about our residency programs, please contact us at 713-DEBAKEY (332-2539).