Anesthesiology

Adult Cardiac Anesthesiology Fellowship Program

The fundamental mission of our Adult Cardiac Anesthesiology fellowship program is to develop trainees into superior clinicians who will become leaders in the field of Cardiac Anesthesiology. Owing to the small size of the fellowship and the commitment of our faculty, our fellows receive mentorship and guidance from day one, tailored to our fellow’s unique career goals. 

The fellowship in Adult Cardiac Anesthesiology at Tufts Medical Center offers unparalleled clinical training and a multitude of opportunities for research. We are accredited through the ACGME to train three fellows per cycle. In addition to the one year Cardiac Anesthesiology fellowship, we now offer a two-year Cardiac Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship. Applicants interested in both fellowships should contact Dr. Andrea Tsai as well as Dr. Eric Ursprung.

Tufts Medical Center is the busiest heart transplant center in New England, setting the record for number of transplants in New England in 2016 (56 transplants), and tying this number again in 2019. We are consistently in the top ten programs for transplant volume in the country. This transplant program is driven by a busy and renowned heart failure division. Our ECMO and LVAD programs are equally robust, and fellows will become experts in mechanical circulatory support by the conclusion of their fellowship. In addition, we have a busy and growing structural heart program. Fellows will find themselves consistently doing the most challenging cases to be found anywhere within our specialty. After a year at Tufts Medical Center, fellows can confidently go into practice knowing that their clinical skills are second to none.

Our fellows receive outstanding education in echocardiography. Every attending physician in the Cardiac Anesthesiology division is board certified in TEE. Our division performs TEE on nearly all cases at Tufts requiring intraoperative echocardiography. Fellows perform and read echo daily, and are guided in their study for the Advanced Perioperative Echocardiography exam. In the past five years, all our fellows have passed the Advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography exam and have obtained echo certification. 

In addition to intraoperative teaching, fellows participate in the following conferences and lectures.

  • Cardiac Anesthesia Lecture Series
  • Cardiology Fellowship Lecture Series
  • Anesthesiology Grand Rounds
  • CT Surgery Grand Rounds
  • Journal Club
  • Structural Heart Team Meetings
  • Boston Combined CT Anesthesiology Echo Dinner

It is the mission of our division to produce not only exceptional clinicians, but leaders in the field of academic anesthesiology. Fellows are encouraged to formulate a research question of their own, and pursue this question throughout the course of the year. We therefore encourage our incoming fellows prior to the start of fellowship year, to contact Dr. Frederick Cobey regarding topics of interest and research questions so that the IRB process can be started expeditiously. Fellows are expected to present their research at SCA, IARS, and/or ASE.  

All candidates for the fellowship must have satisfactorily completed an accredited residency program in anesthesiology and be eligible for and obtain a Massachusetts medical license.

Application for a fellowship position should contain a letter of intent/personal statement, Curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation from the current residency program.

All Cardiac Anesthesiology Fellowship Applications should be submitted through the online fellowship matching service, SF Match. Please contact our Fellowship Coordinator, Anna Rivera, at arivera5@tuftsmedicalcenter.org, if you have any questions.

After applications are reviewed, certain applicants will be selected and invited for a formal interview. The finalists will be selected after a unanimous decision of the cardiac anesthesia group in consultation with the department chair.

To learn more about benefits at Tufts Medical Center, download our benefits package.

Graduate Medical Education (GME) stipend levels

  • PGY1   $60,170.00

  • PGY2   $62,440.00

  • PGY3   $65,370.00

  • PGY4   $68,455.00

  • PGY5   $72,005.00

  • PGY6   $76,180.00

  • PGY7   $78,830.00

To learn more, contact:

Eric Ursprung, MD
Director, Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship Program
800 Washington Street, Box 298
Boston, MA 02111
EUrsprung@tuftsmedicalcenter.org