2021 symposium will be held virtually due to COVID-19

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Honoring a Medical Pioneer: Creation of Dr. Russell M. Nelson and Dantzel W. Nelson Presidential Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery

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A Healed Heart Sings the Blues: "I've never been in a hospital that was so caring. Anything you need, they take care of it, no questions asked. The nursing staff and doctors are great. It's just been excellent."

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Innovation. Read more.

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On Thursday, October 12, the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery hosted its annual Russell M. Nelson, MD, PhD Educational Endowment Lectureship of Cardiac Surgery.

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Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Welcome to the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at University of Utah Health. We are proud to represent a legacy that includes one of the first open heart operations in the country in 1956, the first implantation of the total artificial heart for destination therapy in 1981, and to our current groundbreaking approaches to innovative surgical and translational approaches for treating the failing heart.

Our mission is to provide all of our patients and their families with the highest quality and valued care through outstanding surgical results as well as comprehensive and compassionate care, to educate the next generation of thoughtful and talented cardiothoracic surgeons, and to advance the understanding and treatment of cardiac and thoracic disorders through basic, clinical, and health services research.

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May 17, 2021

Transformative Gift from Hearst Foundations

The University of Utah Health Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is proud to announce a recent grant award from the Hearst Foundations to support the work of Drs. Adil Husain, Eric Griffiths, and Aaron Eckhauser. ... Read More

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UCARS Highlight 2021
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May 17, 2021

UCARS Highlight 2021

Despite the ongoing pandemic and the inability to hold the conference in person, the 2021 Utah Cardiac Recovery Symposium (UCARS) still managed to attract an impressive 725 attendees from around the globe.... Read More

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Alumni Highlight - Dr. Devendra S. Saksena
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May 17, 2021

Alumni Highlight - Dr. Devendra S. Saksena

Dr. Devendra Saksena is the definition of “extraordinary.” A practicing cardiothoracic surgeon for over 50 years, Dr. Saksena is currently Professor and Head of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Science in Mumbai, India, as well as a Consultant Cardiac Surgeon for the Central Railway, Indian Army, and Asvini Hospital for the Indian Navy in Mumbai. ... Read More

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Welcome From Our Division Chief

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Help support the world-class surgical care, education, and research in the division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. For questions, contact Collette Wixom-Call at 801-213-0920.

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