Heart Surgery Services

Valluvan Jeevanandam Valluvan Jeevanandam, MD, Chief, Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery

University of Chicago cardiac surgeons are experienced in performing the full range of heart operations--from coronary bypass surgery to heart transplantation. Learn more about some of the heart surgery services available at the University of Chicago Medicine:

Aortic Disease Surgery
Our cardiac surgeons are core members of the University of Chicago Center for Aortic Diseases (UCCAD). UCCAD is dedicated to comprehensive, multispecialty care for all types of aortic diseases, including thoracic aortic aneurysms, congenital aortic disease, and aortic root and valve disease.

Atrial Fibrillation Surgery
This innovative surgery uses radiofrequency energy to help restore a normal electrical pathway through the heart. At the University of Chicago, atrial fibrillation surgery is frequently performed through small incisions.

Beating-Heart Surgery
Surgery on a beating heart helps preserve heart function, and reduces the risk for complications.

Congenital Heart Disease Surgery in Adults
Our surgeons have many years of experience treating adults with repaired or unrepaired congenital heart defects.

Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
Our team provides a range of bypass surgery options, from surgeries on a beating heart achieved through small incisions without cutting through the breastbone, to traditional, open-chest procedures.

Heart Failure Surgery
University of Chicago surgeons take on even the most complex cases of heart failure, and can offer surgical solutions not widely available at other hospitals.

Heart Transplantation
We're one of the largest heart transplant programs in the Midwest, and are one of the world's most experienced centers for multiple organ transplant.

Heart Valve Surgery
Our surgeons have pioneered many of the latest surgical treatments for heart valve disease, including minimally invasive approaches performed through small incisions. Here, surgeons aim to repair valves before replacing them.

High-Risk Heart Disease
The University of Chicago is a leader in the medical and surgical treatment of complex and high-risk heart disease.

Minimally Invasive & Robotic Heart Surgery
Surgery performed through very small incisions reduces scarring and pain, and helps patients return to normal activities faster. Our team provides the full range of minimally invasive procedures, including coronary artery bypass surgery, valve repair, atrial fibrillation treatment and more.

Pediatric Heart Surgery

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At Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago, our pediatric cardiac surgeons are experts in treating congenital and acquired heart disease in children of any age--even the tiniest of newborns.


Sternal Plating for High-Risk Cases
University of Chicago surgeons developed a novel device and technique to secure the breastbone after open-heart surgery. This approach reduces the likelihood of post-operative infection.

Ventricular Assist Devices for Heart Failure
These sophisticated devices boost the pumping ability of the heart. Ventricular assist devices can be used as a bridge to transplant or for long-term treatment for people who are not candidates for transplant surgery.

Ventricular Reconstruction for Heart Failure
This advanced procedure reshapes the heart in patients who develop left ventricular aneurysms after a heart attack.

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