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Valluvan Jeevanandam, MD

Professor of Surgery

Chief, Cardiac Surgery

Dr. Valluvan Jeevanandam specializes in the surgical management of heart failure, and is an expert in high-risk cardiac surgery. He has performed more than 1,000 heart transplants -- including the total artificial heart -- and countless cardiac surgery procedures, including transmyocardial laser revascularization, complex valve reconstruction, and minimally invasive coronary artery bypass graft surgery.

Dr. Jeevanandam has a special interest in treating patients traditionally considered inoperable. He has repaired damaged hearts in several patients awaiting transplant, enabling those patients to forgo transplantation. He also has successfully performed transplants involving patients who do not fit the standard criteria for transplant. Additionally, Dr. Jeevanandam has received national attention for his skill in performing bloodless cardiac surgery, which requires the use of precise surgical techniques to minimize blood loss during the procedure--sparing the need for a blood transfusion.

Dr. Jeevanandam is a pioneer in the field of mechanical circulatory assist devices. In October 2000, he was the first surgeon in the world to successfully implant the CardioVad, a revolutionary, permanent circulatory assist device that boosts heart function in patients with severe heart failure who are not candidates for transplant. He continues to be a recognized leader in the field of advanced heart failure and currently serves on the FDA Device Panel.

He is a world-renowned surgeon, having started high risk and cardiac assist programs in countries including China, India, the Middle East and South America.

Practice Locations

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

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

Cardiac Surgery
Thoracic Surgery

Medical School

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons


Surgical, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York


Transplantation and Cardiothoracic Surgery, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center


American Association for Thoracic Surgery
American College of Surgeons
American Heart Association
Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Languages Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 702-2500

Office Fax

(773) 702-4187

Office Postal Address

Valluvan Jeevanandam, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 5040
Chicago, IL 60637

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Read More About Dr. Jeevanandam

When Betty Gill needed an aortic valve replacement and bypass surgery, she chose Dr. Jeevanandam and the University of Chicago Medicine because it's one of the few centers in the country that specializes in bloodless cardiac surgery. Read more about Betty's story.

Before receiving a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) to treat his heart failure, Ron Lekavich was too weak to climb stairs. Dr. Jeevanandam is featured in a video and story about how the LVAD helped this music teacher get back on beat.

Clifford Doyle, a retired Chicago police officer, was the first person in the world to leave the hospital after receiving the CardioVad, an innovative heart-assist device. Dr. Jeevanandam performed this life-saving procedure. Read Doyle's story.

In 1999, Dr. Jeevanandam was named to the Crain's Chicago Business "40 Under 40" list, a compilation of Chicago's best and brightest leaders under 40 years of age.

Selected Publications

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