The cardiothoracic surgery residency of the Emory University School of Medicine is one of the most long-standing and successful academic-medical programs of its type in the country. Osler Almon Abbott, MD, a founding member of the Emory Clinic, initiated the residency in 1963.
Dr. Abbot came to Atlanta in 1945 after completing his thoracic surgery residency at Washington University in St. Louis, and was one of the city's first fully trained thoracic surgeons. In 1951, Dr. Abbott and William Hopkins, MD, performed Georgia's first successful intracardiac procedure for a patient with mitral valve stenosis at Emory University Hospital.
The day after Charles Ross Hatcher, Jr., MD, joined the Emory Clinic in July 1962, he performed Georgia's first successful "blue baby" open heart procedure. He went on to do Georgia's first double, then triple valve replacements, and, in 1970, the state's first coronary bypass, all at Emory University Hospital. In 1971, he was named chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the official program director of the cardiothoracic surgery residency. The program began recruiting young, energetic, and innovative cardiac surgeons; attracting high-achieving trainees; and establishing its position as a dependable and compassionate clinical service with superior outcomes.
I came to Emory after completing my residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1979, and was appointed chief of Emory Cardiothoracic Surgery and director of the residency in 1990. I'm proud to say that we have never stopped evolving and remain a distinguished institution. Our faculty are diverse, versatile, and at the top of their respective specialties; our research is innovative, relevant, and impactful; and our trainees have the opportunity to learn from the best as they rotate between multiple facilities, encounter hundreds of patients and virtually every condition, and perform a wide spectrum of both tried-and-true and cutting-edge procedures.
Robert A. Guyton, MD
Distinguished Charles Ross Hatcher, Jr., Professor of Surgery and Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine