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Cardiac Surgery

Ranked eighth 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.

The Division of Cardiac Surgery is widely respected throughout the nation as an innovator and leader by focusing on three main objectives: improving measurable outcomes within the service line, elevating the reputation and brand of the program and expanding and growing the program’s impact on patients.”

Douglas Ross Johnston, MD, Chief

What We Do


Visit our Education section for more information on the following training programs:


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.


The Cardiac Surgery Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship is an opportunity to participate in a prominent program designed to develop clinical excellence and continue to foster our academic mission. Candidates interested in this position are highly motivated individuals interested in cultivating ideas and promoting initiatives contributing to cardiac health and surgical care. Led by faculty surgeons, researching a wide range of health service outcomes and basic science are conducted by our fellows in the field of cardiac surgery.

 Patient Care

Our faculty provide comprehensive surgical solutions for a wide range of cardiac diseases across the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute and Northwestern Medicine. In the most recently released U.S. News & World Report rankings, we are ranked the seventh Cardiology and Heart Surgery program in the nation and have been among the top 10 nation’s most elite programs for five straight years. We are the highest ranked cardiology and heart surgery program in Illinois for 12 straight years.

Meet Our Team

Churyla, Andrei

Health System Clinician of Surgery (Cardiac Surgery)

Mehta, Christopher K

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Cardiac Surgery)

Pham, Duc Thinh

Associate Professor of Surgery (Cardiac Surgery)

McCarthy, Patrick M

Professor of Surgery (Cardiac Surgery) and McCormick School of Engineering

Valve Repair/Replacement, Mitral Valve Repair, Atrial Fibrillation Surgery, Maze Procedure, Aortic Aneurysm, Coronary Bypass Surgery, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy / Myectomy, Minimally Invasive Surgery
Bryner, Benjamin S

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Cardiac Surgery)

Malaisrie, S Chris

Professor of Surgery (Cardiac Surgery)

I am an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Northwestern University and Attending Cardiac Surgeon at Northwestern Medicine. Within the Bluhm Cardiovascular institute, I co-direct the Marfan Clinic, Bicuspid Aortic Valve Clinic and Thoracic Aortic Surgery Program. As Chairman of the Blood Transfusion Committee, I seek to advance patient blood management and responsible blood transfusion practices at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Johnston, Douglas R

Professor of Surgery (Cardiac Surgery)

Gang, Gyu I

Health System Clinician of Surgery (Cardiac Surgery)

Sandhu, Aqeel A

Health System Clinician of Surgery (Cardiac Surgery)

Cox, James L

Professor of Surgery (Cardiac Surgery)

Guler, Erhan

Health System Clinician of Surgery (Cardiac Surgery)

Hodges, Kevin E

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Cardiac Surgery)

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Contact Us


Christopher Nagata
Phone:  312-926-8686

Hemali Shah, C-TAGME PACE
Education Coordinator
Phone:  312-926-5136

676 N. St. Clair Street
Arkes Family Pavilion Suite 730
Chicago IL 60611 (Map it)


Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Phone:  312-NM-HEART

676 N. St Clair Street
Arkes Family Pavilion Suite 730
Chicago IL 60611 (Map it)

Support What We Do

We invite your philanthropic partnership in helping us achieve our research and teaching missions each day.

You can contact Tiffany Scarparotti for more information on supporting our division at 312-503-3088 or

Make an online donation

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