The cardiothoracic surgery program at UCSF was established over fifty years ago. Recently, the Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery was established to focus our efforts in teaching research and patient care for acquired diseases of the chest. The Division maintains a fully accredited training program in cardiothoracic surgery, and has produced many distinguished leaders in academic and clinical cardiothoracic surgery. Dedicated Nurse Coordinators, Physicians Assistants and administrative staff facilitate inpatient and outpatient care. An extensive clinical database reports clinical outcomes to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons National Database and the California CABG Mortality Reporting Program.