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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. A multidisciplinary team dedicated to heart failure and complex cardiac diseases has made UC a state-of-the-art referral center for both standard and complex cases.

The division performs the full spectrum of operative procedures in patients with cardiac and vascular diseases, including coronary revascularization, all-arterial myocardial revascularization, valve repair and replacement, aortic aneurysm repair, ventricular assist device implantation and the region’s only heart transplantation program.

The division has the region’s most advanced heart failure program which includes a comprehensive mechanical circulatory support program consisting of both short-term and long-term mechanical circulatory support therapy for both acute and chronic heart failure as a bridge to transplantation or as destination therapy. For acute respiratory failure, UC has an integrated ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) program which benefits patients who would otherwise fail to survive conventional therapies.

The division offers a unique 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 cardiovascular disease, combining surgical and medical expertise as well as the advanced technology and support services offered at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, leading to people not just living longer, but living better.

Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Part of the University of Cincinnati 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. The division also performs lung transplantation. In addition, in collaboration with the Aerodigestive Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the division has the world’s most extensive experience with complex tracheal reconstruction in infants and children. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center offer an integrated adult congenital heart disease program which is accredited by the Adult Congenital Heart Association.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center ranks sixth in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery as measured by U.S. News & World Report 2016-17 Best Children’s Hospitals.

Adult Cardiac Surgery Faculty
Louis B. Louis, MD (Director, Division of Cardiac Surgery)
Loren F. Hiratzka, MD
Kathryn O’Keefe, MD
Eric J. Okum, MD
Antonio Panza, 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

Dr. Louis in CSI
Division Director
Louis B. Louis, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery