Cardiothoracic Surgery

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Sections & subspecialties

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

Our history

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

Division news

Andrade Surgery Legacy of Disruptive Innovation

University of Minnesota Department of Surgery physicians performed a uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy, a first of its kind procedure in the Twin Cities.  This novel surgical technique is just another way physicians at the University of Minnesota Department of Surgery continue to expand minimally invasive surgical options for patients.

Rafael Andrade, MD and Stephen Huddleston, MD, both thoracic surgeons and faculty members at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Surgery performed the procedure.

Doctors operating on patients with esophageal cancer remove part of the esophagus and stretch the stomach, attaching the stomach to the remaining esophagus, which can cause negative side effects like lifelong acid reflux, said University of Minnesota Medical Center thoracic surgeon Dr. Rafael Andrade. 

Early detection, immediate therapy and surveillance are the three pillars of the new Aortic Center.

When an aortic aneurysm bursts, patients may have minutes to live.

But even if the aortic aneurysm—a weakening or bulge in the walls of the aorta, the body’s largest artery—hasn’t torn, effective, multidisciplinary emergency care is still important in order to avoid a potentially fatal event.

Contact us

Phone: 612-625-3902
Fax: 612-625-1683

University of Minnesota
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
420 Delaware St. SE, MMC 207
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Our Faculty

Professor & Chief: 
Herbert B. Ward, M.D., Ph.D.

Professors:
John E. Foker, M.D., Ph.D.
Rosemary F. Kelly, M.D.
Michael A. Maddaus, M.D.
Sara J. Shumway, M.D.

Associate Professors:
Ranjit John, M.D.
Kenneth Liao, M.D.

Assistant Professors:
Stephen Huddleston, M.D., Ph.D.
Gabriel Loor, M.D.
Rochus Voeller, M.D.

Fellowship

Our division provides 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. Read about our Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship program.