Wilson Szeto, MD, and Michael Acker, MD, performing cardiac surgery

From transplantation to mechanical circulatory support to mitral and aortic valve disease, Penn Medicine’s cardiovascular surgeons are some of the most experienced in the region and the world at treating patients with heart disease. Penn’s continued growth in cardiovascular surgery is driven by tertiary and quaternary referrals for complex surgical procedures. Surgeons perform nearly 3,000 procedures annually with superior outcomes.

Working with a dedicated staff of cardiac anesthesiologists and specially-trained advanced practitioners and support staff, Penn’s team collaborates on a detailed process to eliminate complications and ensure patients and their families receive necessary education and support.

Clinical Care

Penn Division of Cardiovascular Surgery is experienced in multiple areas of surgical expertise, including:

Leaders in Education and Research

The Divisions of Cardiovascular Surgery and General Thoracic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania provide opportunities for residency training in Cardiothoracic Surgery including a two–year cardiac tract, two–year thoracic tract, and six to eight-year integrated cardiothoracic tract.

Current Research Activities

Penn’s faculty members have made countless breakthroughs in basic and translational cardiovascular research, molecular biology and gene therapy. Our access to clinical trials brings new therapies and treatment options to patients first.

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