Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

The Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at University of Louisville has a long history of excellence and places keen emphasis on education. We continue to be the forerunners in cardiac assist devices and clinical excellence, and have made remarkable developments in laboratory research. The laboratory and research components of our program are working cohesively, and are housed in the new Cardiovascular Innovation Institute adjoining the endeavors of the School of Medicine, the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery and Jewish Hospital.

Working in state-of-the-art facilities, and using some of the world’s most sophisticated technology, has enabled our thoracic surgeons to be leaders in diagnosis, treatment, and discovery of heart disease and other illnesses. University of Louisville physicians are often turned to for creating the next steps in cardiovascular surgery, literally defining the leading edge of the field.

This entire program has benefited enormously from its affiliation and association with Jewish Hospital and Kosair Children’s Hospital, benchmarking our undeniable success in adult and pediatric heart and lung care.




June 23, 2014

3D Model of Child's Heart Helps Surgeons Save a Life

A 14 month-old boy Roland Lian Cung Bawi, received life-saving surgery due to a 3D child's heart model. A model that was made possible due to the collaboration of University of Louisville engineers, physicians, and Kosair Children's Hospital.  Once the model was built, Dr. Erle Austin III, cardiothoracic surgeon within the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Louisville, was able to develop a surgical plan and repair the heart. Roland was released from Kosair Children’s Hospital Feb. 14 and returned Feb. 21 for checkups with his doctors. His prognosis is good.


“I found the model to be a game changer in planning to do surgery on a complex congenital heart defect,” - Dr. Erle Austin, III.






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June 11, 2014

Public Pulse of Surgery Program featured on WHAS

PULSE of surgery is a program that shoots a live feed from the Jewish Hospital operating room to the Kentucky Science Center. It encourages interest in the medical field and gives children a chance to witness a real open heart surgery. The children can ask questions and actually talk one-on-one with the surgeon during the procedure. This week's Pulse case was caught by WHAS while their team visited the Science Center!

To watch the clip click here.



April 27, 2014

Dr. John Chaney wins Joint Council for Thoracic Surgery Education and Thoracic Surgery Director’s Association “TOP GUN” award at the annual American Association for Thoracic Surgery Meeting.

First year traditional and fourth year integrated residents from across the country submit a video of them performing an anastomosis on a Chamberlain mini-simulator provided by the TSDA.  A follow-up video is submitted three weeks later.  The TSDA then chose the top five finalists to compete in the “Top Gun” competition at the annual AATS meeting in Toronto, Ontario Canada.  Dr. John Chaney was chosen as a finalist and competed live on April 27th in Toronto and brought home the honor of being named “Top Gun”!

"Dr. John Chaney wins the Resident Top Gun Competition!"

"We are very proud that our CT surgery fellow has won the AATS Resident Top Gun award! The University of Louisville and our Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery continues to gain national recognition as a premier training program!"

- Dr. Mark Slaughter, Chairman of the Department

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April 27, 2014

Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Research Fellow, Dr. Erin Schumer placed 2nd in the Resident Poster Competition at the 2014 American Association for Thoracic Surgery Annual Meeting! We are very proud of all of our fellows!