Husam H. Balkhy, MD
Associate 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.
The University of Chicago Medicine
Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
Year Started Practice
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)
21st Century Cardiothoracic Surgical Society
Office Postal Address
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150 E. Huron Street
Learn More About Dr. Balkhy
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.
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.
View a partial list of Dr. Balkhy's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.