Cardiac Center

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Two Complex Surgeries, One Happy Family

From advanced heart imaging technology to minimally invasive treatments and robotic heart surgery, the University of Chicago Medicine can provide the full scope of care for any type of heart condition in adults and children. Known for our expertise in complex heart conditions, we treat patients often turned away by other institutions. We are committed to educating patients about treatment options so they can make the most informed health care decisions.

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Nationally Recognized Heart Care

Our physicians are internationally known pioneers in heart care. We're home to one of the largest heart transplant and ventricular assist device (VAD) programs in the Midwest.

More Diagnostic and Treatment Options

 Valluvan Jeevanandam, MDUniversity of Chicago cardiologists and cardiac surgeons provide access to resources not commonly available, including:

  • Advanced heart imaging, including three-dimensional echocardiography, nuclear imaging, and 256-slice CT imaging
  • State-of-the-art electrophysiology and interventional cardiology labs
  • An expert, multidisciplinary transplant team experienced in heart, heart-lung and multi-organ transplant. In fact, we were the first in the world to perform a successful heart-kidney-liver transplant.
  • Medical and surgical treatment of complex arrhythmias
  • Access to clinical trials of new drug therapies, surgical procedures, heart devices, and more
  • Comprehensive care for inherited cardiovascular diseases, including genetic counseling
  • A dedicated program for the treatment and research of lipid disorders
  • Specialized care for aortic diseases
  • Child-focused pediatric heart care

Specialists in Complex Surgery

Heart SurgeryOur surgeons are pushing the boundaries of nonconventional approaches to cardiac surgery, offering groundbreaking device therapies and clinical trials that give patients better options. We specialize in heart and multi-organ transplant, ventricular assist device implants, complex cardiac reconstruction, and minimally invasive heart valve and arrhythmia surgeries. University of Chicago cardiac surgeons routinely perform successful procedures on people who fall outside the traditional criteria for surgery, such as older adults and those with other health problems.

A Destination for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

We're a leading center for robotic and minimally invasive cardiac surgery, an approach that results in a faster recovery and reduces the risk for complications compared to traditional open chest surgery. University of Chicago cardiac surgeons regularly perform less invasive treatments for coronary artery disease, heart valve conditions, atrial fibrillation, and more. We can even use minimally invasive techniques to treat heart problems in infants and children.

Premier Research Center

Lab researchOur doctors not only provide the highest level of care--they’re also leaders in research who are developing new and better treatments for heart disease. The University of Chicago Medicine campus is home to one of the oldest cardiovascular research programs funded by the National Institutes of Health. Our physician-scientists are involved in numerous studies of promising new treatments. This means our patients have access to the latest therapies not widely available.