A cardiothoracic operating surgeon is a medical doctor who focuses on surgical procedures of the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other organs within the chest. This includes surgeons who referred to as cardiac surgeons, cardiovascular surgeons, general thoracic surgeons, and congenital heart surgeons.
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Cardiothoracic surgeons are specialized in performing surgeries to treat disorders exclusive to lungs like lungs transplant, biopsies, lobectomy, wedge resection, pneumonectomy and pneumothorax surgery to remove an infection in the chest cavity (empyema) or open chest wall surgeries. Cardiothoracic surgeon will complete his 5-year general surgery residency followed by a 2 or 3-year cardiothoracic surgery residency program