The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has a long history as a pioneer in developing treatments for heart and lung conditions in adults and children. In 2022, cardiothoracic surgery faculty and trainees continued this legacy through excellence in clinical care, innovative research and rigorous training programs. The 2022 Cardiothoracic Surgery Annual Report highlights some of the many accomplishments in the division from the past year.

Cardiac surgeon in operating room with surgical staff.
M. Faraz Masood, MD, performing surgery with surgucal staff.

Cardiac Surgery

Washington University cardiac surgeons are widely recognized as national surgical leaders. As part of the highest-ranked heart program in Missouri by U.S. News & World Report, they have a long history of performing adult cardiac surgeries and fostering innovation in the field of cardiac medicine. Working with cardiologists, vascular surgeons, anesthesiologists, intensivists and a highly qualified, experienced nursing staff, cardiac surgeons offer the latest advances in technology and innovative therapies. They employ practices supported by scientific evidence to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients and strive to further advance the field through a longstanding dedication to quality research and education.

Lung surgeons in operating room wearing surgical scrubs
Bryan Meyers, MD, MPH, and Benjamin Kozower, MD, MPH.

Thoracic Surgery

The board-certified, internationally recognized thoracic surgeons at Washington University provide leading-edge respiratory medical and critical care, research and training. They offer a multitude of comprehensive treatments including airway surgery, procedures for benign esophageal disease, esophageal and lung cancer surgery, and lung transplantation. Many procedures are performed through minimally invasive techniques, including robotically assisted thoracic surgery. Since 1988, the lung transplant program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital has consistently led the country in the advancement of transplant science and remains as one of the most active transplant centers in the world. These surgeons also foster ongoing excellence in the next generation of thoracic surgeons through advanced fellowship training.

Pirooz Eghtesady, MD, PhD, and surgical team in operating room.

Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Washington University pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons treat children with congenital cardiac disorders. Washington University specialists treat a wide range of conditions, from atrial septal defects to complex single ventricle anomalies, neonatal surgery, surgery for congenital heart disease and tracheal reconstruction. The lung transplant program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital is among the most active of its kind in the world, attracting patients with cystic fibrosis and other lethal lung diseases from around the globe. The pediatric heart transplant program is considered a national leader in the specialty. The section also offers advanced training through an ACGME-accredited congenital cardiothoracic surgery fellowship.

Learn more about Washington University Surgery in this year’s Department of Surgery annual report.