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Preprofessional Opportunities

Shadowing and Clinical Research, Cardiac Surgery (Dr. Gherssari - Columbia Alum)


Category: Summer
Type: Clinical
Location: Los Angeles California
Deadline: Early February


Office of Preprofessional Studies


Columbia College or SEAS student



UPDATE 2/3/2014: Unfortunately Dr. Gheissari will be unable to take an intern for the Summer of 2014. Please check back next year if you are interested in interning for Summer 2015.


Summer Opportunity

Shadowing and Clinical Research

Cardiac Surgery

Los Angeles

The following is an opportunity to work with a Columbia College alumnus this summer.  Dr. Ali Gheissari is a cardiac surgeon and has volunteered to take a student volunteer intern for the summer.  If you are interested in this position, please send a letter of interest and resume to .

Internship Description

The intern will have the opportunity to shadow members of a cardio-thoracic surgical team during the summer months. The student will be exposed to all aspects of a private surgical practice. This includes participation in a variety of cardiac thoracic and vascular procedures on a daily basis as well as preoperative and post operative patient care rounds. The student will also attend a number of didactic lectures on different medical topics within the hospital and will spend three afternoons a week in the surgeon's office. There will also be opportunities for the intern to participate in clinical research and possibly coauthor a paper.  By the end of the summer, the student will have gained a thorough understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems and will have experienced the life of a surgeon in a private practice setting.


Dr. Gheissari’s private office is located in downtown Los Angeles.  


This is an unpaid internship.  Intern will need to have their own housing.