Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship

Children's Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado Department of Surgery offer a one-year fellowship in Congenital Cardiac Surgery each academic year.  The pediatric cardiac surgery program at CHC has trainedfellows for over thirty years, many of whom have become leaders in the field. This one-year fellowship position is a participant in the Congenital Cardiac Surgery Match program. For more information, visit the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association Congenital Match page.

Prerequisite Criteria

The Congenital Cardiac Surgery fellowship is open to individuals who have completed or are scheduled to complete a Thoracic Surgery residency by the time of enrollment.

Goals of the Program

The goals of the program are to provide an introduction to all forms of congenital heart defects, and to provide a graded progression of responsibility in the pre-operative, intraoperative, and postoperative management of patients with congenital heart defects. This training will include patients of any age, pediatric or adult, who have congenital heart disease. Please visit the Goals and Objectives section to view the plan for the program's participants.


The Division of Congenital Cardiac Surgery includes four full-time board-certified congenital cardiac surgeons. Faculty members include James Jaggers, MD, Program Director and Division Chief; David Campbell, MD; Max Mitchell, MD; and Matthew Stone, MD, our newest faculty member. The faculty serve Children's Hospital Colorado and University Hospital.


The Congenital Fellow will be based at Children's Hospital. The fellow will also be heavily involved in all aspects of multidisciplinary congenital cardiovascular medicine and will gain significant exposure to pediatric cardiology and pediatric cardiac anesthesia.

The fellow will participate in all aspects of the pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative care of congenital cardiac surgery patients. While there is no mandatory in-house call, it is expected that the fellow will be heavily involved in all aspects of patient care within the framework of work duty hour limitations.

The inpatient unit consists of a 16-bed dedicated Cardiac intensive care unit and a 16-bed step-down unit. There are two dedicated operating rooms and a hybrid cath-OR suite. The outpatient facility is shared with pediatric cardiology. There is close interaction between these services for interdisciplinary care. The fellow’s operative experience will be milestone based, and progressive increased responsibility will be granted based on achievement of these milestones.

There are also numerous didactic teaching conferences and patient care conferences that the fellow will be required to attend, as well as weekly sessions of congenital heart defect review with a faculty cardiac surgeon.  Following completion of the fellowship, it is expected that the fellow will be competent in all areas of congenital cardiac surgery, including pediatric cardiac transplantation and mechanical assist devices and will sit for the congenital cardiac surgery board examination.

We welcome any prospective fellow’s application and would be happy to discuss this fellowship personally.


James Jaggers, MD
Barton-Elliman Chair Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
Program Directory
Professor of Surgery
University of Colorado School of Medicine