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Husam H. Balkhy, MD

Professor of Surgery

Director, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Cardiac Surgery

Husam H. Balkhy, MD, is a pioneer in the field of minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery. He specializes in the treatment of coronary artery disease, heart valve disorders, atrial fibrillation and other cardiac diseases, using robotic and less invasive techniques in order to reduce pain, disability, and recovery time. Through education, he empowers his patients to take an active and informed role in their care. Dr. Balkhy is one of only a handful of surgeons in the world with extensive experience in performing robotic totally endoscopic beating heart coronary bypass grafting (TECAB). He also has a large experience with robotic mitral valve surgery, and robotic atrial fibrillation surgery as well as minimally invasive (port access) aortic valve surgery.

Dr. Balkhy has served as the primary investigator on several innovative studies designed to improve robotic assisted cardiac surgery. He has contributed to the development of coronary anastomotic connectors, and has the world's largest experience in the use of these devices that eliminate the need for large incisions and sutures during coronary surgery. He actively trains other physicians on how to use these devices.

An accomplished author, Dr. Balkhy has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, as well as several book chapters on robotic cardiothoracic surgery. He frequently is invited to speak at national and international conferences and scientific meetings and has proctored robotic cardiac surgical procedures all over the world. In addition, Dr. Balkhy is a founding member of the Robotic Revascularization Society.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

Thoracic Surgery

Medical School

King Abdulaziz University College of Medicine & Allied Sciences


King Abdulaziz University College of Medicine & Allied Sciences, Saudi Arabia


Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston (general surgery)


Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA (vascular surgery)
Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston (cardiothoracic surgery)


21st Century Cardiothoracic Surgical Society
American College of Cardiology, Fellow
American College of Chest Physicians, Fellow
American College of Surgeons, Fellow
American Medical Society
Deterling Surgical Society
International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation
International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
Massachusetts Medical Society
Robotic Revascularization Society
Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Wisconsin State Medical Society

Languages Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 702-2500

Office Fax

(773) 702-3392

Office Postal Address

Husam H. Balkhy, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 5040
Chicago, IL 60637

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Learn More About Dr. Balkhy

Dr. Balkhy is featured in this video that marks UChicago Medicine's 500th robotic cardiac procedure.

Dr. Balkhy performed endoscopic robotic ablation on the heart of a Missouri woman who suffered from atrial fibrillation for 13 years. Her heart returned to normal rhythm, allowing her to participate in her favorite activities again. Read Becky's story.

Stephen Hood returned to work just five weeks after Dr. Balkhy performed totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass (TECAB) surgery, a closed procedure that spares the breastbone.

The University of Chicago Medicine's Science Life blog featured an interview with Dr. Balkhy on robotic cardiac surgery. Read the post.

Eliz Greene experienced life-threatening heart problems while pregnant with twins. Ineligible for traditional treatment options, Greene turned to Dr. Balkhy, who gave her a second chance at life by performing beating-heart surgery. Watch Greene tell her story.

Dr. Balkhy studied 120 cases of totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass grafting and found that the use of anastomotic connectors significantly improves the procedure. Learn more about the study.

Dr. Balkhy's research on the use of anastomotic devices in internal mammary artery grafts was published in Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Balkhy's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.