Gary Sheldon Kopf, MD

Professor of Surgery (Section of Cardiac Surgery)

Departments & Organizations

Adult Congenital Heart Program

Office of Student Research

Palliative and End-of-Life Care Education

Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery

Program for Biomedical Ethics

Surgery: Cardiac Surgery | Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery

Yale Medical Group

Biography

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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Education & Training

MD Harvard University (1970)
Resident Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
Resident Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, MA
Intern Roosevelt Hospital, New York, New York
Clinical Fellow Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Clinical Fellow American Cancer Society
Board Certification AB of Thoracic Surgery (1982)

Honors & Recognition

  • The Best Doctors in America: Northeast Region (1996), (2000)

  • Peace Medal-International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, St. Petersburg, Russia (1995)

  • Paul Harris Fellow-Rotary Foundation of Rotary International (1995)

  • Clinical Fellowship AwardAmerican Cancer Society (1977)

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

International Activity

  • 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 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

  • Presentation- Results of Treatment of Complete Atrioventricular Canal in Infants, III World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology Bangkok, Thailand (1989)

    Presentation- Results of Treatment of Complete Atrioventricular Canal in Infants, III World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology

  • 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 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

  • Presentaiton- Muscle flap reconstruction of problem sternotomy wounds in infants following surgery for congenital heart disease, 1st World Congress of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery 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

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Contact Info

Gary Sheldon Kopf, MD
Patient Care Locations
Yale Surgical SpecialtiesYale Physicians Building
800 Howard Avenue, Ste 3rd Floor

New Haven, CT 06519
285 Washington Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Yale Pediatric Cardiac SurgeryYale-New Haven Children's Hospital
1 Park Street, Ste West Pavilion, 2nd Floor

New Haven, CT 06504
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
282 Washington Street

Hartford, CT 06106
Mailing Address
Yale SurgeryPO Box 208062
New Haven, CT 06520-8062

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