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

cardiac surgeons operating in the OR
  • 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

    • complex aortic reconstruction

    • mechanical circulatory support

    • heart transplantation