Valluvan Jeevanandam, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief, Cardiac and Thoracic 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.
Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
Year Started Practice
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
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Lawrence Matthews knew from a young age he was meant to work in public service, but then heart failure temporality sidelined those goals. After Dr. Jeevanadam performed a life-saving heart transplant on Matthews, he fulfilled his dream by defying skeptics and becoming a firefighter.
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.
Each year, heart transplant recipients, their families, and physicians and staff celebrate the gift of organ donation at the heart transplant reunion. Dr. Jeevanandam is featured in a story about this annual event.
Due to a complex case of heart failure, Daniel Kusek needed advanced surgery to repair his ailing heart. Dr. Jeevanandam combined several procedures into one operation to reconstruct Kusek's heart.
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.
View a partial list of Dr. Jeevanandam's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.