Gary Sheldon Kopf MD

Professor of Surgery (Section of Cardiac Surgery)

Biographical Info

Dr. Gary Kopf is a Board Certified Cardiothoracic surgeon and has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of adult and pediatric cardiac surgery.

Dr. Kopf graduated from Columbia College majoring in Physics. He received his medical degree from Harvard University (cum laude). He trained in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Children’s Hospital of Boston. Dr. Kopf spent two years at the National Institutes of Health doing research on perinatal physiology.

Dr. Kopf is a member of the American Association of Thoracic Surgery, The Society of Thoracic Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, and the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society, among many other organizations. He has been listed as one of America’s Top Doctors, New York’s Best Doctors, and America’s Top Surgeons for many years.

Dr. Kopf is also interested in biomedical ethics and is a member of the Pediatric Ethics Committee at Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Technology and Ethics Working Group, and the End of Life Issues Study Group at the Yale Bioethics Center.

Patient Care: Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Adult Congenital Heart Surgery, Aortic Surgery

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International Activity

  • Tel-Aviv, Israel(1996)
    Presentation- Balloon valvuloplasty for palliation of tretralogy of Fallot in small infants with cyanosis or coronary artery anomalies, Mediterranean Association of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, Annual Meeting
  • Toronto, Canada(1989)
    Presentation- Comparison of long-term complication rate of three types of mechanical valves(n=471)(St. Jude, Bjork-Shiley, Starr- Edwards) implanted over a ten year period, XIX World Congress of the International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Bangkok, Thailand(1989)
    Presentation- Results of Treatment of Complete Atrioventricular Canal in Infants, III World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology
  • Bergamo, Italy(1988)
    Presentaiton- Muscle flap reconstruction of problem sternotomy wounds in infants following surgery for congenital heart disease, 1st World Congress of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
  • Presentation
    New York, United States(1985)
    Superior vena cava-right pulmonary artery anastomosis (SVC-RPA): A long-term follow-up, Second World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology
  • Presentation
    New York, United States(1985)
    Fate of left sided cardiac bioprosthetic valves - an update, Second World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology
  • Presentation
    New York, United States(1985)
    Surgical treatment of coarctation complex in neonates: Results and follow-up, Second World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology

Education & Training

Harvard University (1970)
Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, Cardiothoracic Surgical (1977 - 1980)
Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, MA, General Surgery (1973 - 1977)
Roosevelt Hospital, New York, New York, Surgery (1970 - 1971)
Clinical Fellow
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, Surgery
Clinical Fellow
American Cancer Society
Board Certification
Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery, Board Certified  (1982)

Honors & Recognition

  • Honors for Senior Thesis
    Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts (1970)
  • Peace Medal-International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • The Best Doctors in America: Northeast Region
  • Clinical Fellowship Award
    American Cancer Society (1977)
  • Paul Harris Fellow-Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

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