Pediatric Cardiac Surgery


Dr. AzakieDr. Tony Azakie is  chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery. He serves as the codirector of the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital Pediatric Heart Center.

Dr. Azakie is a highly skilled and experienced pediatric heart surgeon. He is dedicated to building a world-class pediatric cardiovascular program, a cornerstone of the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

Working with the Pediatric Heart Center and Adult Congenital Heart team, Dr. Azakie is expanding services to include surgery for cardiac lesions affecting neonates, children, and adults. He and his colleagues focus on complete neonatal care, repair of complex congenital heart defects, and off-pump and minimally invasive treatment of congenital heart disease. In addition to mechanical circulatory support and heart transplants for pediatric patients, Dr. Azakie  brings innovative approaches to neonatal heart problems including pulmonary venous diseases, ventricular rehabilitation for borderline ventricles, valve repair, and management of complex single ventricles.

Recent News

Two Lives, One ChanceImage of Conjoined Twins

July 17th, 2017 -

"When Paris Bryan had a routine ultrasound of her unborn daughters Paisleigh and Paislyn, the result was anything but routine. It showed the girls were conjoined twins, connected through the chest, liver, and heart. The news rocked Bryan and her fiancé, Ernesto Martinez."

"On May 25, the twins were wheeled into an operating room in the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, where a large team of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals waited. Nine hours later, the twins had been successfully separated. Thanks to a procedure a few days earlier, Paislyn’s heart could now work on its own, though further corrective surgery was needed. The twins currently remain hospitalized."

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Bakken Symposium: Advances in Heart & Lung Transplantation

This course highlights the past, present, and future of heart and lung transplantation with a focus on optimizing outcomes through patient selection, procedural enhancements, and organ preservation. It discusses the role of technology in maximizing donor utilization and providing alternatives to transplantation. The breath of the course covers changes in therapies, shifts in practice, and emerging options for patients with organ failure.

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Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
2450 Riverside Ave S
East Building, MB544
Minneapolis, MN 55454

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Professor and Chief:
Anthony (Tony) Azakie, M.D.

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