Celebrating our Thoracic Surgery Fellow Graduates – Al Rstum & Bostock

July 28, 2021

Congratulations to Zainulabdeen Al Rstum, MD and Ian Bostock, MD who recently completed thoracic surgery fellowship training at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.  These two individuals proceed into the field of thoracic surgery after having completed their two-year fellowship in addition to their previous surgical trainings. Prior to joining the fellowship program, Al Rstum completed five years of vascular surgical training at UTHealth Houston, and Bostock spent a year at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, followed by five years of general surgery training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Through the collaborative efforts between our team at UTHealth and MD Anderson Cancer Center, we offer a comprehensive two-year thoracic surgery training program, accepting two fellows each year to train in either the general thoracic or cardiothoracic surgery tracks. This year, Al Rstum graduates from the cardiothoracic surgery track, and Bostock graduates from the general thoracic surgery track. The two fellowship-graduates have spent the last two years rotating between the MD Anderson Cancer Center and Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute, where they worked with leaders in the fields of cardiothoracic and thoracic surgery on complex cases.

“My training at UTHealth, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Memorial Hermann was fantastic. I enjoyed the complexity and high level of training. I feel like I’m ready to go out into the world and be a thoracic surgeon,” says Bostock. Bostock continues his work in medicine where he is set to start as faculty at The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston this fall, where he’ll be practicing general thoracic surgery and thoracic oncology.

After spending the last seven years as a resident and fellow under the UTHealth Houston umbrella, Al Rstum is set to join his alma mater with the McGovern Medical School’s Department of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery.

We send our warm wishes, congratulations, and gratitude to Drs. Al Rstum and Bostock as they begin their careers in surgery. Many thanks to the faculty, staff, family members, and friends who supported both physicians during their training. Thank you to Pearl Adams, education program manager for coordinating a memorable evening celebrating the two graduates.