Pediatric Cardiac Surgery


Dr. AzakieDr. Tony Azakie has been appointed as the new chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery and endowed professor. He has served 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, one that will be a cornerstone of the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

Working with the Pediatric Heart Center and Adult Congenital Heart team, Dr. Azakie will help us expand services to include surgery for cardiac lesions affecting neonates, children, and adults. He and his colleagues will 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 will bring innovative approaches to neonatal heart problems including pulmonary venous diseases, ventricular rehabilitation for borderline ventricles, valve repair, and management of complex single ventricles.

Dr. Azakie comes to us from Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Previously, he spent 10 years at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) as professor and chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery. A native of Canada, Dr. Azakie is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, where he received his undergraduate and medical degrees. He completed his general surgery education at UCSF and his adult and congenital cardiothoracic surgery training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

An experienced educator, researcher, and scholar, he has been involved in multi-institutional trials, has directed or supported NIH-funded projects and grants ("Developmental Mediators in Perinatal Pulmonary Hypertension" and "Molecular Regulation of Cardiac Differentiation"), and has published more than 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts.

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.

Contact us

Mailing Address

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

Our Faculty

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

Syed Murfad Peer, M.D.

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