Cardiothoracic Surgery

Welcome from the Program Director

We are pleased to introduce the Spectrum Health/Michigan State University (MSU) Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship Program at the Spectrum Health Frederik Meijer Heart & Vascular Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We are committed to providing the best academic and clinical training program for our fellows. This two-year Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) program prepares our physicians for certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Our passion is teaching, and the entire program is designed with the fellow in mind. Fellows will train at the largest medical center in West Michigan, which is affiliated with MSU’s College of Human Medicine. As a fellow in our program, you will pursue your passions in clinical and academic cardiac and general thoracic surgery. Additionally, as a fellow, you will have research opportunities to engage in, with exposure to innovative clinical and translational research studies on a national level.

Spectrum Health is a nationally recognized, high-quality center with high clinical volume that utilizes innovative surgical procedures and advanced techniques, reassuring patients they are receiving the best clinical care possible from some of the most experienced and skilled surgeons in the world. We have amongst the highest clinical volumes in the state of Michigan for LVAD, TAVR, and valvular and coronary surgery. Our tremendous procedural volumes enable our fellows to be exposed to complex adult and congenital cases while maintaining the highest-quality outcomes and an exceptional patient experience.

We provide a dynamic conference series focusing on the educational needs of fellows, attending physicians, residents, medical students and staff. Fellows will also have the opportunity to be part of our quality improvement programs, internal and external lecture series with international experts, and cardiovascular-based journal clubs, along with participating in and leading educational conferences.

The goal of the cardiothoracic surgery faculty is to make your fellowship training the best in the country. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.


Tomasz Timek, MD, PhD
Spectrum Health Frederik Meijer Heart & Vascular Institute
Program Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship
Spectrum Health/Michigan State University
Associate Professor of Surgery
Michigan State University

Angela Schuett
Program Coordinator


Our Mission

The Spectrum Health/Michigan State University (MSU) cardiothoracic fellowship’s mission in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is to train the best surgeons by educating and mentoring our fellows to become the clinical and academic leaders of tomorrow.

Program Overview

Thank you for your interest in our newly accredited Spectrum Health/Michigan State University Cardiothoracic Fellowship Program! Fellows train in our integrated Frederik Meijer Heart & Vascular Institute, comprising of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, vascular surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists and cardiac radiologists. Our  subspecialties consist of advanced imaging, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, transplant cardiology, adult congenital heart, structural heart, vein, wound, and hyperbaric medicine.

Our state-of-the-art facilities at Butterworth Hospital, Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion set the stage for our comprehensive program. Through our strong collaboration with MSU and Van Andel Research Institute, fellows will discover an environment that prepares them for clinical challenges and rewards ahead. Our strong commitment to patient care, education and research has helped us become a leader in cardiovascular care throughout the region.

Spectrum Health/MSU Cardiothoracic Fellowship Program Brochure

Diversity and Resident Wellness

Spectrum Health is committed to creating a healthy work environment which promotes wellness and a culture that is respectful, inclusive and positive .  Please visit the Spectrum Health Resident Wellness page and the Spectrum Health Diversity page to learn more.

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All applications are accepted through ERAS. Please see the For Applicants section of your preferred program for additional details.

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