Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

Program Leadership & Faculty

Shari L. Meyerson, MD

Shari L. Meyerson, MD

Program Director

Dr. Meyerson completed her thoracic surgery training at Duke University. She initially practiced at the University of Arizona in Tucson before being recruited to Northwestern in 2010 as an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Thoracic Surgery. She also holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor of Pulmonary Medicine. She is Program Director for both the integrated and traditional thoracic residency programs at Northwestern as well as Program Director for general surgery. Her clinical practice focuses on minimally invasive surgery for lung cancer and metastatic disease to the lung as well as benign and malignant diseases of the mediastinum, chest wall, pleura and esophagus. Dr. Meyerson’s primary academic focus is education. Research topics include operative autonomy during residency, identification and recovery from operative errors and validity in educational testing. She is currently completing a Master’s of Education from the University of Cincinnati and looks forward to continued efforts to improve the education of thoracic and general surgery residents both locally and nationally.

Patrick M. McCarthy, MD

Patrick M. McCarthy, MD

Associate Program Director

Dr. McCarthy is the Heller-Sacks Professor of Surgery in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. McCarthy has achieved international recognition in complex adult cardiac surgery especially valve and atrial fibrillation surgery. He has performed over 10,000 heart operations. Dr. McCarthy has authored or co-authored more than 400 papers and 50 book chapters. He has been on the editorial board of eight medical journals and is an officer in numerous professional societies.

Travis O. Abicht, MD

Travis O. Abicht, MD

Dr. Abicht is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiac Surgery. His clinical interests focus on end stage heart disease including ventricular assist devices and heart transplantation.

Carl L. Backer, MD

Carl L. Backer, MD

Dr. Backer is the A.C. Buehler Professor of Surgery and Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Lurie Children’s Hospital. He has particular expertise in Fontan conversion for failing single ventricle patients as well as the largest experience in the United States of vascular rings. Dr. Backer is one of the editors of the main Pediatric Cardiac Surgery textbook used in training programs worldwide.

Ankit Bharat, MD

Ankit Bharat, MD

Dr. Bharat is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Thoracic Surgery. He is also the surgical director of the Lung Transplant Program while maintaining a busy general thoracic surgery practice. His research efforts in his basic science lab focus on lung preservation, transplant immunology and airway biology

Malcolm M. DeCamp, MD

Malcolm M. DeCamp, MD

Dr. DeCamp is the Fowler McCormick Professor of Surgery in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His clinical efforts are centered on thoracic oncology, lung transplantation and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). His research revolves around assessment of risk and reduction of risk for procedures requiring pulmonary resection (lung cancer and LVRS) as well as identification of clinically useful predictors of favorable or adverse outcomes following lung resection for cancer.

Osama Eltayeb, MD

Osama Eltayeb, MD

Dr. Eltayeb joined Lurie Children’s Hospital this year as an Assistant Professor of Surgery. His practice includes a wide variety of congenital cardiac defects in patients ranging from neonates to young adults.

Colin Gillespie, MD

Colin Gillespie, MD

Dr. Gillespie is an Assistant Professor of Pulmonary Medicine with a joint appointment in the Division of Thoracic Surgery. His clinical practice is devoted to airway interventions. Diagnostic procedures include endobronchial ultrasound, thoracentesis and navigational bronchoscopy. Therapeutic procedures include airway debridement and stenting.

S. Christopher Malaisrie, MD

S. Christopher Malaisrie, MD

Dr. Malaisrie is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiac Surgery. His primary focus is the aortic surgery program which includes a large practice of Marfan’s syndrome as well as extensive experience with endovascular aortic and valvular surgery.

Edwin McGee, MD

Edwin McGee, MD

Dr. McGee is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiac Surgery. He is the surgical director of the Heart Failure Program which includes support devices and heart transplantation. His research interests include the development and testing of novel ventricular assist devices.

Michael C. Monge, MD

Michael C. Monge, MD

Dr. Monge is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Lurie Children’s Hospital. His practice includes a wide variety of congenital cardiac defects in patients ranging from neonates to young adults.

Hyde Russell, MD

Hyde Russell, MD

Dr. Russell is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiac Surgery. He is board certified in both thoracic surgery and congenital cardiac surgery. His primary focus is on adults with congenital heart disease.