Gary Sheldon Kopf MD

Professor of Surgery (Section of Cardiac Surgery)

Departments & Organizations

Palliative and End-of-Life Care Education

Yale Medical Group

Program for Biomedical Ethics

Office of Student ResearchAdult Congenital Heart Program | Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery | Surgery: Cardiac Surgery; Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery


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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  • M.D., Harvard University , 1970

Selected Publication

  • Tolis G, Korkolis D, Kopf G, and Elefteriades J. Revascularization Alone (Without Mitral Valve Repair) Suffices in Patients With Advanced Ischemic Cardiomyopathy and Mild-to- Moderate Mitral Regurgitation. Ann of Thorac Surg, Vol. 74, p. 1467-1481, November 2002.

Latest Honor and Recognition

  • Honors for Senior Thesis(1970) , Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
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