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Department of


Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery


Division of Cardiac Surgery

The University of Cincinnati (UC) division of cardiac surgery leads the Tri-State region in the discovery and advancement of innovative treatment for patients with cardiac disease. Programs in the surgical treatment of heart failure, as well as robot-assisted and minimally-invasive surgical techniques have made UC a state-of-the-art referral center for both standard and complex cases.

The division maintains a partnership between UC Health and TriHealth Heart Institute. This partnership expands the impact of UC science-driven care further in our community, redefining the standard of cardiac care in the region and adding to the quality clinical services and training programs at the UC College of Medicine. 

The division along with UC Health’s Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute continues to lead the comprehensive mechanical circulatory support program consisting of both short-term devices and ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) for acute cardiorespiratory failure. The program also offers long-term devices implanted as a bridge to transplant and as destination therapy. The division also offers a mobile ECMO program in which patients with cardiorespiratory failure can be placed on support at a referring hospital and transferred to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Patients benefit from a true multi-disciplinary approach to heart failure, combining surgical and medical expertise as well as the advanced technology and support services offered at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, leading to more treatment options.

The division performs the full spectrum of operative procedures in patients with cardiac and vascular diseases, including off-pump coronary revascularization, all-arterial myocardial revascularization, mitral valve repair, robotic cardiac procedures, ventricular assist device implantation and ECMO.

Part of the UC Department of Surgery, the division of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has a high profile as a leader in the management of cardiac problems in children including newborn corrective operations, management of complex single ventricle cardiac anomalies, and management of infants and children with severe heart failure which includes expertise in cardiac transplantation and ventricular assist device utilization. In addition, in collaboration with the Aerodigestive Center at Cincinnati Children’s, the division has the world’s most extensive experience with complex tracheal reconstruction in infants and children. Cincinnati Children’s ranks ninth in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery as measured by U.S. News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children's Hospitals.

Adult Cardiac Surgery Faculty
Loren F. Hiratzka, MD
Louis B. Louis, MD
Eric J. Okum, MD
Steven E. Park, MD
Alan Simeone, MD
J. Michael Smith, MD

Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Faculty
Roosevelt Bryant, III, MD
David Morales, MD
James Tweddell, MD

Surgeons perform cardiac surgery at UC Medical Center.
Division Director
Louis B. Louis, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery