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Loma Linda Medical Center has a large catchment area and serves as a tertiary care referral center for complex cardiothoracic surgery, and management and palliation of congenital heart disease, as well as interventional cardiology. We perform more than 1000 cardiothoracic cases a year with a strong emphasis in coronary revascularization, complex valve replacement, heart failure, and transplantation. The thoracic surgery division performs several hundred thoracotomies each year for management of pulmonary and esophageal disease. We also have a robust pediatric and adult congenital heart disease program, approximately one-third of cardiac cases are pediatric or adult congenital. Our faculty helped pioneer neonatal heart transplantation and we continue to have a strong transplant program. Our interventional cardiology program is very active with ample volume of procedures for structural heart disease including TAVR, Mitraclip, Watchman, septal defect closure and Melody valve. Our electrophysiology program is thriving, we perform hundreds of EPS/ablations every year including complex scar VT with percutaneous ventricular support.


Our cardiothoracic anesthesia attendings are eager to share their expertise. We are proud to offer a diverse clinical teaching experience in adult and pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, and perioperative transesophageal echocardiography, as well as point of care ultrasonography. We value collaboration with our cardiology partners as they offer vital insight to the natural progression of cardiovascular disease and the challenges that present during long-term follow-up.


We value research in our department and we actively encourage and support scholarly pursuits. However, the strength of our program is our ability to tailor the educational experience to each fellow’s unique goals. 


The department offers one cardiothoracic fellowship position per academic year, most fellows elect to join us from August through July. We welcome residents who are intellectually curious with a strong work ethic who are interested acquiring advanced skills in echocardiography and intraoperative management. Our program emphasizes a well-rounded educational experience to prepare fellows to be consultants in cardiothoracic anesthesiology. We look forward to reviewing your application.

McCabe, Melissa
Melissa McCabe, MD
Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Program Director
  • Clinical rotations in the operating room devoted to cardiac and thoracic surgical procedures and advanced perioperative echocardiography

  • Cardiology echocardiography rotation with exposure to transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography beyond the operating room

  • Cardiothoracic ICU

  • Electives in pediatric cardiac surgery and congenital heart disease, research, point of care ultrasonography, interventional cardiology, and electrophysiology and CIED management

  • Weekly cardiac conference lecture series, including a fellow lead echo rounds presentation every month

  • Research presentation at the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists is strongly encouraged

Jozelle Wong Yu
Residency / Fellowship Coordinator 
Phone: (909) 558 - 9404 
Ext. 49404

Hours of Operations: 
Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 2:00pm

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We are currently offering one fellowship position per year. Candidates interested in the Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship at LLUMC should apply via the San Francisco Match. 

The Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (ACTA) Fellowship Match was established in 2012. The goal of the SF Match is to coordinate appointments, thus relieving the pressure of uncoordinated appointments and forced early choices. The participating programs will not make any appointments until the match has been completed. 


The Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) sponsors the matching process and is responsible for enforcement of the applicable rules. The SF Match office does not sponsor or approve any of the participating programs. The function of the SF Match is strictly limited to processing of the match. Listing or not listing of any program in the directory does not imply any form of approval, disapproval or endorsement. 

About the Match

The match takes place in June and will be used to process all applicants who want to start their fellowship training in July of the following year. Applicants are responsible for ensuring they meet all prerequisites for eligibility prior to registering for the match. All match participants must agree and abide by the SF Match rules and policies as well as any additional rules stated by the sponsoring group. Please review the Rules page prior to registering. 


There is a $100 non-refundable applicant registration fee that covers registration and matching. Once registered, applicants can manage their account by logging in to their account profile. To register, click on “Register” and follow the steps. The registration fee can be paid with a Visa or a MasterCard. . All match participants must agree and abide by the SF Match rules and policies as well as any additional rules stated by the sponsoring group. Please review the Rules page prior to registering. 


(See Section III.A of the ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology – revised effectively July 1, 2016) 

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