Training for heart surgeons is intense; in fact, becoming a heart surgeon requires 10 years of additional training after completing medical school. As a result, interested medical students won’t learn how to perform heart surgery until after they become hospital residents after graduation. The top medical schools are frequently associated with the best hospitals for heart surgery. Students looking to become heart surgeons should set their sights on these schools and then aim to land residencies at the associated hospitals.

Harvard University

Harvard is ranked as the top medical school.
Harvard is ranked as the top medical school.

Harvard University ranks as the top medical school according to U.S. News & World Report. Two Harvard-affiliated hospitals, Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, also made the U.S. News & World Report’s top 10 list of hospitals for heart surgery.

Harvard University Medical School 25 Shattuck St. Boston, MA 02115 617-432-1550 hms.harvard.edu

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins is ranked as one of the top medical schools and cardiac hospitals.
Johns Hopkins is ranked as one of the top medical schools and cardiac hospitals.

Johns Hopkins University was ranked No. 3 in the overall medical school rankings, and Johns Hopkins Hospital is also one of the top ranked hospitals for cardiac surgery, according to U.S. News & World Report. Situated in downtown Baltimore, the hospital has a long history as one of the nation’s top teaching hospitals.

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 733 N. Broadway Baltimore, MD 21205 410-955-3182 hopkinsmedicine.org

University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is home to the nation's first medical school.
The University of Pennsylvania is home to the nation's first medical school.

The University of Pennsylvania is home to the nation’s first medical school. Having maintained a long tradition of excellence, according to U.S. News & World Report, the university has the second best medical school in the country. The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania also made the top 10 ranking for cardiac surgery by U.S. News & World Report, and it is a leader in the field.

University of Pennsylvania 237 John Morgan Building 3620 Hamilton Walk Philadelphia, PA 19104 215-898-8001 med.upenn.edu

Case Western Reserve

Case Western Reserve is associated with the nearby Cleveland Clinic.
Case Western Reserve is associated with the nearby Cleveland Clinic.

Although Case Western Reserve is ranked 20th in the rankings put forth by U.S. News & World Report, it’s associated with the nearby Cleveland Clinic, which is a teaching hospital. Regarded world-wide as one of the best hospitals for heart surgery, Cleveland Clinic is at the top of the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings for heart surgery. Residents who study at the Cleveland Clinic will work and learn with some of the world’s top heart surgeons.

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine 10900 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44106 216-368-3450 casemed.case.edu

Other Hospitals and Schools

Duke is also ranked in the top 10.
Duke is also ranked in the top 10.

The other hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report top 10 rankings for hospitals for heart surgery are the Mayo Clinic, the Texas Heart Institute, New York Presbyterian, Duke Medical Center and the Ronald Reagan University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) medical center. These hospitals are associated with the respective universities: University of Minnesota, Rice, Cornell and Columbia (both of which work with New York Presbyterian), Duke and UCLA.