8 doctors weighed in:
Is it harder to become a brain or heart surgeon?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Hard to say
I suppose it depends on who you ask. Both are very difficult.

In brief: Hard to say
I suppose it depends on who you ask. Both are very difficult.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Dr. Eric Trumble
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: BRAIN!!!
The brain surgeons will say their subspecialty is more difficult, the heart surgeons will say theirs is.
Neurosurgery is the longest residency you can match into directly out of medical school. In my opinion, once you can replace the organ(heart transplant), you've progressed about as far as possible. Cardiac surgery is more advanced than neurosurgery because the heart is easier to understand.

In brief: BRAIN!!!
The brain surgeons will say their subspecialty is more difficult, the heart surgeons will say theirs is.
Neurosurgery is the longest residency you can match into directly out of medical school. In my opinion, once you can replace the organ(heart transplant), you've progressed about as far as possible. Cardiac surgery is more advanced than neurosurgery because the heart is easier to understand.
Dr. Eric Trumble
Dr. Eric Trumble
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Dr. Savas Mavridis
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It's what you like
I am not a brain surgeon but i can tell you that both take a great deal of sucrifice and commitment.
So it really comes down to what you like to do the most.

In brief: It's what you like
I am not a brain surgeon but i can tell you that both take a great deal of sucrifice and commitment.
So it really comes down to what you like to do the most.
Dr. Savas Mavridis
Dr. Savas Mavridis
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Dr. Dennis J. Tishko
Surgery - Thoracic
In brief: Cardiac is hardest
While neurosurgeons might protest, the training for cardiac surgery is much longer. It requires board certification in both general and thoracic surgery and is far more intense.
The vast majority of neurosurgeons rarely touch a brain. They are overwhelmingly involved with back or spine (bone) surgery, most of which is outpatient or minor surgery. There is no such thing as minor heart surgery.

In brief: Cardiac is hardest
While neurosurgeons might protest, the training for cardiac surgery is much longer. It requires board certification in both general and thoracic surgery and is far more intense.
The vast majority of neurosurgeons rarely touch a brain. They are overwhelmingly involved with back or spine (bone) surgery, most of which is outpatient or minor surgery. There is no such thing as minor heart surgery.
Dr. Dennis J. Tishko
Dr. Dennis J. Tishko
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Dr. Robert Cameron
Surgery - Thoracic
In brief: Neither
Neither, it is different but both specialties require similar dedication.

In brief: Neither
Neither, it is different but both specialties require similar dedication.
Dr. Robert Cameron
Dr. Robert Cameron
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