Kadoorie Cardiovascular Internship

Cardiovascular Internship at DeBakey Heart and Vascular center

Trainees simulate surgical procedures on mannequins.

The Kadoorie Cardiovascular Internship is a full-time 10 week program offered to first and second year undergraduate college students from underrepresented groups who are considering a career in medicine.


Selected students will rotate with different services and will become familiar with all aspects of the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, including heart and lung transplantation, coronary artery disease, thoracic diseases, and other diseases of the chest. Students will be exposed to multiple weekly multidisciplinary conferences where they will have the opportunity to gain knowledge about diseases and latest treatment available.


Mentors will include faculty members from cardiology, cardiovascular/ transplant, and thoracic surgery. Students will have the opportunity to learn basic surgery skills such as knot tying, basic suturing, and scrub in on surgery cases and participate in daily patient rounds. At the end of the program, students will be responsible for a short power point presentation on a topic they found of great interest.


Participating students should be prepared for daily activities to begin at 7 am and end at 5 pm. Weekends are not required, but students have the option to participate in emergency cases if they chose to.


Financial support will be offered to selected applicants.



Program Director


Gerald M. Lawrie, MD
Michael E. DeBakey Distinguished Chair in Cardiac Surgery
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
Houston Methodist



Boris Bratovich, MHA, PA-C
Physician Assistant Residency Coordinator
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
Houston Methodist
Nicole Davenport, MPAS, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
Houston Methodist

Application Instructions & Internship Timeline


The application timeline for the 2022 Summer Internship Programs has ended. We want to thank the many students who applied and look forward to being a part of your journey to becoming future scientist and healthcare leaders. Notifications on acceptance will be distributed as soon as our selection committees have concluded their considerations. Program updates will be posted here as soon as schedules are finalized, as well as announcing the 2023 internship dates later this year. For any questions, please see our contact list below.

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Internship Housing

The internship is located at the main Houston Methodist hospital campus in the Texas Medical Center. Our program does not offer any direct housing placements for interns. Interns accepted into the program are responsible for their own housing arrangements, however, a list of recommendations will be provided by administrators during the onboarding process. Check back in February for updates on these housing options.


Thank you for your interest in our internship, and we wish you all the best of luck.