Ranked seventh in the nation for heart and heart surgery programs by U.S. News & World Report, the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine's Department of Surgery is widely respected throughout the nation as an innovator and leader. The division's success is built upon three main areas: education, research and clinical care through Feinberg-affiliated hospitals.
What We Do
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The Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute - Clinical Trials Unit is a centralized research unit dedicated to supporting our investigators performing high-quality cardiovascular clinical research. Our investigators are practicing physicians who see the firsthand results of innovate treatments. Northwestern Medicine physicians address the prevention and treatment of heart and vascular disease through the investigation of new technologies, drugs and devices that ultimately translate into the best patient care. The unit staff provide the infrastructure to support these initiatives while ensuring compliance with federal, state and institutional regulations, policies and procedures to project the safety of our research participants.
Meet Our Team
Professor of Surgery (Cardiac Surgery)
Dr. Backer was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and grew up in Wausau, Wisconsin. He was an undergraduate at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Dr. Backer and his wife, Julia have four children and live in Winnetka, Illinois. Dr. Backer’s academic appointment is the A.C. Buehler Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and he is currently the Division Head of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He recei...