Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship

The cardiac anesthesia fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a one year course of training designed to prepare the anesthesiologist for a career specializing in providing comprehensive anesthetic care of patients undergoing complicated cardiac and thoracic procedures.  Eligible applicants should have completed an ACGME-approved anesthesiology residency program.

Our cardiac fellowship program is developed as a cardiac anesthesia fellowship and is focused on the tutoring of a prospective fellow for the perioperative transesophageal echocardiography examination (PTE). A prospective fellow also will be provided with an opportunity to perform, under appropriate supervision, a number of transesophageal echocardiograms (TEE) sufficient to satisfy the certification criteria of the American Board of Echocardiography in perioperative transesophageal echocardiography. He/she will be given one TEE day per week during which he/she is expected 

  • To perform and read TEEs under supervision of experienced echo cardiographers,
  • Participate in the echocardiography conferences given by the departments of cardiology and anesthesiology,
  • Teach anesthesia residents and medical students and/or participate in the on-going clinical research projects.

Prospective fellow will be assigned to provide cardiothoracic anesthesia under the supervision of the attending cardiac anesthesiologist two times per week. Assignments to the adult or pediatric cases, as well as rotations through thoracic and major vascular operating rooms, division of perfusion and postoperative critical care units may be individualized according to his/her desire.

The division provides anesthesia for approximately 800 cases per year.  Case type includes heart transplant, coronary artery bypass procedures, valve replacement, ventricular assist devices, Off-Pump CABG and thoracic aneurysm repairs.  We also provide anesthesia for about 300 complex pediatric cardiac procedures per year.

A unique element of our fellowship is the opportunity for exposure to pediatric cardiac anesthesia in the developing world.  The fellow will be offered the opportunity to participate in our annual mission to Ecuador, South America.  A team of anesthesiologists, surgeons and nurses travel to Ecuador each year to perform corrective surgical procedures in pediatric patients with congenital heart disease.

By offering this high quality fellowship program in cardiac anesthesia, it is the goal of the department and the division to train strong future leaders in clinical practice, scientific study and anesthetic education. 

Application Process - please click "How To Apply" on the left side of the screen


Srikantha Rao, MBBS, MS
Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship Director
c/o Kiersten Bricker, Fellowship Coordinator
Penn State Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
500 University Drive, H187
Hershey, PA  17033
Phone:  717-531-6489
Fax:  717-531-0826