Division of Cardiac Surgery

Clinical Programs

The Division of Cardiac Surgery is dedicated to excellence in patient care, research and teaching. There is a strong academic commitment to clinical excellence and innovation, to research, and to teaching. The faculty members are all geographic full-time University appointees, and there is an exciting and growing research program in both basic science and clinical medicine.


  • 8 full time cardiac surgeons based at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute
  • 2 full time cardiac surgeons at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
  • 2 PhD scientists working in the area of cardiovascular tissue engineering
  • 1,700 open-heart procedures are performed annually at the Heart Institute
  • Complex adult cardiac surgery for Eastern Ontario and Western Québec performed exclusively at the Heart Institute
  • Many referrals from elsewhere in Ontario and across Canada
  • Largest heart transplant centre in Canada
  • Congenital heart surgery is performed at the CHEO for pediatric patients and at the Heart Institute for adults
  • The surgical procedures use state-of-the art techniques for the treatment of diseases of the heart and thoracic aorta
  • Specific clinical expertise includes:
    • mitral and aortic valve repair (referral and international postgraduate teaching centre)
    • transcatheter aortic valve implant (TAVI) and mitral repair (Mitraclip)
    • minimally invasive coronary surgery (MICS CABG) (referral and international postgraduate teaching centre)
    • minimally invasive valve repair (MICS MVr) and replacement (MICS AVR) (referral and international postgraduate teaching centre)
    • ventricular assist device (VAD) implantations
    • pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE)
    • coronary artery bypass, multiarterial, both on-pump and off-pump, both conventional and minimally invasive
    • electrophysiology surgery
    • pulmonary thromboendarterectomy
    • complex aortic reconstruction
    • mechanical circulatory support
    • heart transplantation



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