Clinical Specialty Programs

The University of Chicago Medicine's Section of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery is dedicated to excellent patient care for the most complex medical conditions. We are recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best hospitals in the nation for heart surgery.

The section is also well known for its innovation and access to the some of the most advanced technology available. Our surgeons are constantly striving to maximize their use of minimally invasive surgery through both robotic-assisted and video-assisted procedures. Minimally invasive surgery represents the new standard of both technology and patient care. It allows for more precise procedures on the part of the doctors while also allowing patients to return to their normal lives more quickly and safely. The Section of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery was the first in Chicago to utilize the da Vinci machine in a coronary artery bypass surgery and continues to pioneer surgical techniques for newborns suffering from hypoplactic left heart syndrome. The section's wide array of procedures and treatments fall under four specialties: cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, pediatric surgery and transplantation.