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Cardiothoracic surgical services

Cardiac surgery at Minneapolis Heart Institute® has always maintained an exceptionally high level of quality and expertise. With increased emphasis on system-wide program development, cardiothoracic surgeons are advancing innovative surgical therapies and creating new options for patients. A true multidisciplinary focus allows surgeons and cardiologists to collaborate with patients to develop optimal individualized treatment plans.

Minneapolis Heart Institute® cardiothoracic surgeons have nearly 100 years of combined experience, offering expertise and options that are not available at most other hospitals in the region. They perform a range of complex procedures including:

Complex Structural Heart Surgery

  • Ventricular assist devices for end-stage heart failure and total artificial heart surgery
  • Heart transplants
  • Transcatheter valve procedures in partnership with interventional cardiologists
  • Adult congenital heart surgery in partnership with pediatric cardiac surgeons
  • Valve-sparing root, complex mitral valve (including bi-leaflet repairs) and tricuspid valve repairs

Surgery for Arrhythmias

  • Concomitant atrial fibrillation surgery
  • Lone atrial fibrillation surgery

Surgery of the Great Vessels

  • Complex aortic aneurysm surgery including the transverse arch
  • Aortic dissection surgery

High-risk Coronary Artery Bypass

Less Invasive Approaches to Conventional Surgery

Thoracic Surgery Including Lung Cancer and Video-assisted Procedures


Ongoing clinical investigation sustains the leadership role of academic institutions. Surgeons at Minneapolis Heart Institute® are participating in more than 25 ongoing clinical research trials. Every year, they publish many peer-reviewed manuscripts and are frequent presenters of abstracts at national and international meetings. Our surgeons are also invited lecturers nationally and internationally.