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Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Department of Surgery

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Welcome to the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

The Cardiothoracic Surgery division has a storied history of leading the way into new surgical techniques to repair the heart.  Read more about our history.  

Patient Care Information

Our Sections and Subspecialties

Adult Cardiac Surgery
Heart Transplant Program
Lung Transplant Program
VAD Program
Thoracic and Foregut Surgery
Congenital Heart Surgery 

Clinic and Administrative Contact Information

Latest News

April 16th, 2014

Game Changer: Gabe Loor, M.D.

April is National Donate Life Month, which urges Americans to become organ donors and potentially play a part in saving a life. Gabe Loor, a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon at University of Minnesota Medical School, is a key cog in improving the transplantation process by helping to develop more effective surgical methods.

When he came to Minneapolis from the Cleveland Clinic, there were two large issues Loor was tasked with addressing: 1. How can we extend lung preservation time while 2: finding ways to revitalize and regenerate organs that might otherwise not be suitable for transplant based on current standards (thousands of potentially-viable organs are discarded nationally each year).

Read the full article here.


March 24th, 2014

Dr. Rose Kelly interviewed in KARE-11 story on successful treatment of rare pneumonia

'The University of Minnesota has a heart lung machine, called an ECMO, which stands for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation. It essentially acted Smith's lungs and bought her more time as doctors placed her on a waiting list for a double lung transplant. "She was a recipient of a new style of support that has just come into our medical community," said Dr. Rose Kelly, a cardiothoracic surgeon and co-director of the U of M's lung transplant program. "It saved her. I swear two years ago we wouldn't have had the technology or ability and she wouldn't have made it." A donor match came just two days after Smith was placed on the list. "Two days," said her mother. "Now tell me if that's not a miracle. The surgery itself went so smoothly. It was like God orchestrating everything." '

Click here for the article and TV story

Fellowship Information

The academic charge of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Minnesota is to provide the ideal environment to facilitate training cardiovascular and thoracic surgery residents, general surgery residents, and medical students in the discipline of cardiovascular and thoracic surgical sciences.

Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship site for Program and Application Information.

Cardiothoracic Fellowship Program Policy and Procedure Manual.

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Cardiothoracic Conference Schedule

Click here for details on the cardiothoracic conference weekly schedule.

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