department of anesthesia and Perioperative medicine

Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at MUSC


Jake Abernathy, MD, MPH
Associate Professor and
Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology


Dawn Leberknight
Residency and Fellowship Program Coordinator

Fellowship Training

SCA Echo Rounds

Care Log

Rotation Schedule

CT Rotation Resources

Fellowship Manual
Goals & Objectives

The Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina provides an incredibly rich academic experience that produces well trained and qualified CT Anesthesiologists.  Fellows will become facile in the perioperative management of patients undergoing complex procedures such as off pump CABG, aortic reconstruction, Mitral, Aortic and Tricuspid valve work, Ventricular Assist Devises, heart transplants, congenital heart surgery, pneumonectomies and minimally invasive thoracic surgery.  Our perioperative TEE service performs approximately 800 exams per year, providing ample opportunities to become an expert at image acquisition and interpretation.  The fellowship is structured such that you will obtain superb clinical training and is flexible enough for you to pursue research interests.  The ACGME accredited, adult cardiothoracic fellowship is structured to provide training in one year.  Additional training in pediatric cardiac anesthesiology or research is available for interested applicants.

Department and Faculty
The cardiothoracic anesthesia faculty members are nationally recognition leaders in the field with multiple publications in peer reviewed journals, textbooks and book chapters. The faculty also includes internationally renowned speakers who frequently present at the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists meetings.  Ninety percent of our adult cardiac anesthesiologists are TEE certified. The Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at MUSC is a highly integrated, collaborative group of adult and pediatric anesthesiologists. The department is comprised of 40 staff doctors, 36 residents in clinical anesthesia training and more than 50 nurse anesthetists who are committed to providing optimal care to adult and pediatric patients requiring anesthesia. Members of the department also conduct basic and clinical research and teach postgraduate and continuing education programs. MUSC anesthesiologists supervise over 28,000 cases requiring anesthesia yearly assisted by residents and skilled nurse anesthetists. This large number of cases, integrated with ongoing research and education, results in wide-ranging expertise in the anesthetic management of patients of all ages.

Lecture Series
Information is presented in many different formats to accommodate different learning styles. In addition to the operating room TEE experience, a weekly TEE conference is held with all fellows and staff; the purpose of which is to review and critique the prior week's TEE exams in a peer review setting. Lecture information on a variety of cardiac and pulmonary topics is delivered in pure didactic sessions, group discussions and journal clubs.

Research Opportunities
There are many opportunities to become involved in either bench, clinical or translational research within the Division.  Current projects include the evaluation of vasopressin for the treatment of cardiopulmonary induced hypotension, TEE’s effect short and long-term outcomes for CABG patients, intraoperative insulin therapy, the optimum dose for aprotinin, and many studies regarding ischemia and reperfusion.  Translation and bench research opportunities are endless within the Cardiovascular Surgery-Anesthesiology Applied Physiology Laboratory.

Available Electives
Flexibility is incorporated into the fellowship to allow for individualization and pursuit of areas of interest. Two months are dedicated entirely to electives. Currently fellows are able to enrich their experience in perfusion technology, perioperative cardiology, perioperative pulmonology, critical care, pediatric cardiac anesthesiology, participate in diagnostic procedures in the cardiac catheterization laboratory, or concentrate further on research.

Moonlighting Policy
For those who have a permanent South Carolina license and are in good academic standing, both external and internal moonlighting opportunities exist. Moonlighting should not compromise the educational experience, but rather enhance it.

Application Process
Thank you for taking the time to apply to the MUSC CT Fellowship Program.  We have currently finished the application process for the 2015-2016 academic year.  We are currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Applications are generally reviewed by the program director within a week's time.  Our match is done through the San Francisco match.  In addition, please send three letters of recommendation to the attention of J.H. Abernathy, III, MD, MPH care of Dawn Leberknight either by email or mail. Your application will be considered complete when all three letters of recommendation have been received. We look forward to reviewing your application.

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Program Contacts
For more information about the Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship Program at MUSC please contact:

JH Abernathy, III, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Office: (843) 876-5744
Fax: (843) 876-5746

Send e-mail

Dawn Leberknight
167 Ashley Avenue, STE 301
MSC 912
Charleston, SC 29425
Office: (843) 792-2437
Fax: (843) 792-9314
leberkni@musc.edu