Cardiac Surgery Residency Program


The section of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Manitoba has been fully consolidated to the campus at St. Boniface General Hospital. Cardiac surgery is an integral component of the newly formed Cardiac Sciences Program (est. 2005), which includes cardiology, cardiac surgery, cardiac anaesthesia, cardiac critical care, and cardiac rehabilitation.

This full integration of the care of cardiac patients ensures that cardiac surgical trainees are immersed in topics of interest common to all the cardiac specialties mentioned, and that surgical trainees have opportunity to interact closely with their future colleagues in medicine anaesthesia and critical care.

The research component of the section of cardiac surgery has undergone dramatic change since 2006, supported by recruitment and a refocusing on academic excellence. There are tremendous opportunities for research participation amongst the students and surgical trainees.

The cardiac surgical pre- and post-operative ward has a full complement of clinical and physician assistants to manage everyday patient issues in a setting of 24/7/365 responsibility. Hence, whenever students or house staff join our service, they receive an intensive educational experience. The 1200-1300 patients who move through the cardiac surgical program annually receive a full complement of cardiac surgical procedures, with the exception of cardiac replacement therapy.

Rakesh Arora

Section Head

Rakesh Arora,
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery,
University of Manitoba

Administrative Assistant
Terri Hillier
I.H. Asper Institute, St. Boniface Hospital
CR1050 – 369 Taché Ave
Winnipeg, MB R2H 2A6
Phone: 204-258-1203
Fax: 204-233-6065


The University of Manitoba provides residency training in Cardiac Surgery. A faculty of 9 surgeons performs a total of approximately 1200 adult cardiac operations per year. All surgery is performed at St. Boniface General Hospital. The spectrum of adult cardiac surgery includes coronary artery bypass grafting, valve repair and replacement, repair of congenital defects, minimal access surgery, arrhythmic ablation, endovascular stenting and thoracic aortic reconstructions. No cardiac surgery is performed in the pediatric age group in the Province of Manitoba nor is cardiac transplantation. Training in both of these areas is provided at the University of Alberta in Edmonton through a Royal College approved Inter-University Affiliation Agreement. University of Manitoba has an integrated Cardiac Sciences Program including cardiac surgery, cardiology, cardiac anaesthesia and critical care. Teaching and clinical exposure is done in a multi-disciplinary team approach and this offers a unique environment for learning.

Dr. Nitin Ghorpade

Program Director
Dr. Nitin Ghorpade,
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery,
University of Manitoba

Program Administrator
Ms. Dawne Skoleski
AD420 Health Science
Tel: 204-787-8670

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