It takes a measure of courage to venture down a path so few have tread before. But for J.E. “Betsy” Tuttle-Newhall, MD, forging a career as a female surgeon has been about following her own professional passions — while also pioneering new paths for those that would follow her.
Read more about Dr. Tuttle-Newhall in the St. Louis Medical News
The Cardiothoracic Surgery Program at the Saint Louis University Medical Center has a long and rich history. It was the first program to perform open heart surgery in Missouri, and it continues to be a leader in cardiothoracic care. The Division is recognized nationwide as a leader in heart transplantation, ventricular assist devices, and other areas of adult cardiac surgical care. In thoracic surgery, the faculty are renowned for their experience in video thoracoscopy, emphysema surgery, and surgical expertise in benign and malignant diseases of the esophagus. The Cardiothoracic Surgery Training Program is an accredited residency which accepts one applicant annually for a two-year period of training which results in board eligibility. The division is recognized nationwide as a leader in heart transplantation, ventricular assist devices, and other areas of adult cardiac surgical care.
Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center has a strong program in thoracic transplantation. The first successful lung transplant and heart transplant in the St. Louis area were performed at our institution. There are currently ongoing, heart, lung, and heart/lung transplantation programs, as well as complementary programs in ventricular assist devices and lung volume reduction surgery, both nationally renowned. There is a one-year, nonaccredited fellowship available in heart transplantation and ventricular assist devices. This position is open to board eligible or board certified thoracic surgeons who have completed an accredited cardiothoracic residency program and wish further training in this highly specialized field.