Stream Cardiothoracic Surgery
Duration 6 years
Course Type Post-Graduation

DNB Cardiothoracic Surgery - Direct 6 Years Course

About DNB Cardiothoracic Surgery.

DNB Cardiothoracic Surgery is an integrated 6-year training program in CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery. The training includes reasonable exposure to general surgery and critical care management, pertinent to CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery.
After qualifying in the final examination of the NBE, the candidate shall practice the specialty of Cardio Vascular and Thoracic Surgery.

He/she shall have thorough knowledge and requisite skills of the specialty. He/she should be reasonably acquainted with the recent advances and be able to perform basic operative procedures independently.

He / She should be able to make decisions regarding patient management and adopt favorable attitudes. During this period, the candidate will also acquire skills in research methodology by writing a dissertation/thesis, presenting scientific papers and by writing scientific articles.

DURATION OF THE COURSE: Every candidate admitted to the 6-year training program shall pursue a regular course of study (on whole-time basis) in the concerned recognized institution under the guidance of a recognized postgraduate teacher/senior consultant cardiothoracic surgeon for the period of 6 years.

DEGREE Candidates declared successful in the examinations prescribed and fulfilling the eligibility criteria shall be conferred Diplomate of The National Board (DNB-Cardio Vascular and Thoracic Surgery).


Entry examination of MD/MS/Diploma, DNB (Diplomat of National Board) & CPS (College of Physicians and Surgeons) program is through a national level centralized entrance test (Combined NEET PG entrance by NBE) Typically, to pursue an MD/MS/Diploma, DNB (Diplomat of National Board) & CPS (College of Physicians and Surgeons) degree, candidates need to satisfy the eligibility criteria mentioned below:
  • Candidates should have obtained an MBBS Degree from an institution recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI).
  • The candidate should have completed a 1- year compulsory rotating internship after passing the final professional examination which is MBBS before 31st March of the academic year.
  • Candidates in possession of an MBBS degree or Provisional MBBS Passing Certificate recognized by the Indian Medical Council of India or State Medical Council and have completed 1 year of internship or/ are likely to complete the internship on or before 31st March of the relevant year.
A candidate must clear the NEET-PG exam in order to be
  • Eligible for admission to postgraduate Medical Courses for a particular academic year in case of General, General-EWS, it shall be necessary for a candidate to obtain a minimum of marks at 50th percentile in NEET-PG (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test) to Postgraduate Medical Courses held for the said academic year.
  • However, in respect of candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, the minimum marks shall be at 40th percentile. In respect of candidates with Benchmark Disabilities specified under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, the minimum marks shall be at 45th percentile for Unreserved Category & GEN-EWS Category candidates and 40th percentile for SC/ST/OBC-NCL candidates.
  • The percentile shall be determined on the basis of highest marks secured in the All India common merit list in National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test for admission to Postgraduate Medical Courses
Please Note: The following Medical institutions are not covered by centralized admissions for MD/MS seats through NEET- PG
  • AIIMS, New Delhi and other AIIMS
  • PGIMER, Chandigarh
  • JIPMER, Puducherry
  • NIMHANS, Bengaluru
  • SreeChitraTirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum.


AIM: The aim of the course is to develop human resources in the field of Cardio Vascular and Thoracic Surgery who shall:

1) Provide health care to the patients needing CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgical care.

2) Teach and train future undergraduate and post-graduate medical students and junior doctors in CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery in Medical Colleges, Institutions, Hospitals and such educational initiatives including those for nursing and allied health workers.

3) Carry out and guide research to improve the practice of the art and science of surgery.

4) Have management capabilities to manage personnel and budgets to make health care cost-effective.

5) Organize health teams to provide care during natural or man-made calamities.

6) Develop further acumen and skills in the areas of their interest and/or specialize to practice existing or new specialties allied to surgery through further training programs as required.

7) Practice the art and science of surgery in his/her field of practice and seek and provide consultation as required. He/she will be able to provide comprehensive and good quality surgical care in CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery including pre-operative and post-operative care.

8) Conduct research and communicate the findings, results and conclusions to his fraternity.

9) Keep abreast with the latest developments by self-learning and/or participating in continuing medical education programs.

10) Organize and manage administrative responsibilities for routine day to day work as well as situations including natural and/or man-made accidents/calamities.

11) Manage situations calling for emergency interventions in the sphere of surgical specialties and also routine problems in their areas within the ambit of the surgeon.

12) Develop his / her knowledge, skills and attitudes of his / her areas of interest and become a specialist in allied specialties.

13) Exhibit awareness of the importance of surgical audit and the need for considering cost-effectively in patient management.

14) Be aware of one’s professional limitations and be able to refer to appropriate centers at the optimum time, when required.

15) Exhibit awareness of the need for accurate documentation in medical records including medico-legal cases.

16) Adopt ethical procedures in the field of doctor-patient relationships.

17) Exhibit professionalism, proper attitude in dealing with patients and relatives and be able to communicate with them effectively.


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Top Colleges offering DNB in Cardiothoracic Surgery

Sr.No Institutes/Hospital Name Type State Fees
1 National Heart Institute,49 Community Centre, East of Kailash, New Delhi-65 Government Delhi 1,25,000
2 Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi-60 Private Delhi 1,25,000
3 Delhi Heart and Lung Institute 3 MM, II, Panchkuian Road,-110055 Private Delhi 1,25,000
4 Sri Sathya Sai Instt. of Higher Medical Sciences Whitefield, Bangalore-66 Karnataka Private Karnataka 1,25,000
5 Sri Sathya Sai Instt. of Higher Medical Scs. Prasantha Gram, ANANTHPUR-Andhra Pradesh 515134 Private Andhra Pradesh 1,25,000
6 Meenakshi Mission Hosp. & Res.  CentreLake Area, Melur Road, MADURAI- Tamil Nadu 625107 Private Tamil Nadu 1,25,000
7 Narayana Hrudayalaya,258/A,  Bommasandra Industrial Area, AnekalKarnatakaTaluk, Bangalore-560099Karnataka Private Karnataka 1,25,000
8 Dr. B L Kapur Memorial Hospital, Pusa Road, New Delhi-110005 Private Delhi 1,25,000
9 Asian Heart Institute and Research Centre G/N Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai-400051 Private Maharashtra 1,25,000
10 G Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital, Post Box No. 6327, Nethaji Road, Tamil NaduPappanaickenpalayam, Coimbatore, TamilNadu-641037 Private Tamil Nadu 1,25,000
11 Max Super Specialty Hospital1, PressDelhiEnclave Road, Saket, New Delhi- 110017 Private Delhi 1,25,000
12 Apollo Hospital21Greams lane, Off Greams Rd, Chennai - 06 Tamil Nadu Private Tamil Nadu 1,25,000
13 Fortis Escorts Heart Institute Okhla Road, New Delhi-25 Private Delhi 1,25,000
14 M.I.O.T. Hospital4/112, Mt-PoonamalleeRd, Manapakkam, CHENNAI- 89 Tamil Nadu Private Tamil Nadu 1,25,000
15 Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences Premises No.1489, 124, Mukundapur, E M Bypass, KOLKATA -700099 West Bengal Private West Bengal 1,25,000
16 Yashoda Hospital Behind Hari Hara Kala Bhawan, S.P. Road, Secunderabad -Telangana500003 Private Telangana 1,25,000
17 Apollo HospitalRoom No. 306, Office of the  Director of Medical EducationJubilee Hills, Hyderabad-500033, Telangana Private Telangana 1,25,000
18 Care HospitalExhibition Road, Nampally, Hyderabad, Telangana Private Telangana 1,25,000
19 Dr. Ramesh Cardiac and Multispecialty Hospital, D. no. 26-14-1, NagarampalemAndhra Pradesh Collector Office Road. Guntur - 522004 Private Andhra Pradesh 1,25,000
20 Madras Medical Mission Hospital, 4A Dr,.ayalalitha Ngr, Mogappair CHENNAI - Tamil Nadu 600037 Government Tamil Nadu 1,25,000
21 Fortis HospitalSector-62, Phase-VIII, Punjab Mohali-160062 Private Punjab 1,25,000
22 Narayana Multispeciality HospitalSec-28, Rana Sanga Marg, Pratap Nagar, Jaipur- Rajasthan 302033 Private Rajasthan 1,25,000

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