Cardiothoracic Surgery

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

Dr. Kenneth Liao Heart Care KSTP Story

Dr. Liao performed Aaron Rose's transplant, the 847th performed at the University of Minnesota. In the time since, the University is saving even more lives.

"The heart is wrapped in a box and ready to go," said Dr. Liao, as he showed video of a new portable machine now being used to keep hearts beating for six to eight hours before a transplant. "This has been a totally revolutionary change."

Kenneth Liao, M.D. in OR Room

The number of heart transplants our surgeons performed climbed in 2016, thanks in part to new “beating heart” technology that keeps donor hearts healthier outside the body.

The number of heart transplants performed by University of Minnesota Health surgeons spiked in 2016, and program leaders expect volume to climb higher in the future, thanks in part to new technology that keeps donor hearts healthy during transplant.

Dr. Shumway is featured in the article "Reflections on a Life in Medicine" on page 20-21 in the September/October issue of Metro Doctors.

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: 
Rosemary F. Kelly, M.D.

John E. Foker, M.D., Ph.D.
Ranjit John, M.D.
Sara J. Shumway, M.D.
Herbert B. Ward, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professors:
Stephen Huddleston, M.D., Ph.D.
Andrew W. Shaffer, M.D., M.S.
Matthew R. Soule, M.D.
Rochus Voeller, M.D.


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.

Administrative Contacts
  • Danette Oien
    Division Administrator
    Rosemary Kelly MD
    Herbert Ward MD, PhD

  • Rick Castillo
    Executive Office and Administrative Specialist
    Stephen Huddleston MD, PhD
    Rochus Voeller MD
    John Foker MD, PhD

  • Mary Macauley
    Veterans Affairs Administrator
    Matthew R. Soule MD

  • Tina Russell
    Executive Office and Administrative Specialist
    Kenneth Liao MD, PhD
    Sara Shumway MD

  • Jeanne Traaseth
    Executive Office and Administrative Specialist
    Ranjit John MD
    Andrew R Shaffer, MD, MS