Cardiac Surgery

Yale Cardiac Surgery is a group of world-class heart surgeons, from the Yale School of Medicine Department of Surgery, devoted exclusively to the cardiac care of adults and children. Our surgeons perform state-of-the-art minimally invasive and traditional operations for the full range of cardiac diseases and conditions, including:

  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), including minimally invasive robotic MIDCAB and hybrid revascularization
  • Mitral valve repair including minimally invasive key-hole and robotic mitral valve surgery
  • Aortic surgery including thoracic aortic replacement and stent grafts (TEVAR) for aneurysm and dissection
  • Aneurysm repair (aortic, thoracic aortic, left ventricular)
  • Arrhythmia surgery, including MAZE procedure for atrial fibrillation
  • Heart failure, including ventricular assist devices (LVAD) and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Adult congenital and acquired heart disease
  • Children's heart conditions, including tetralogy of Fallot, atrial and ventricular septal defect, single ventricular repair and other congenital disease

Yale's survival statistics for coronary artery bypass, mitral valve replacement, and aortic valve replacement consistently exceed national and regional norm. Yale New Haven Hospital maintains one of the highest rating for heart surgery by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Yale Cardiac Surgeons operate at the Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Veterans Administration Medical Center, where they work closely with internists, cardiologists, and vascular surgeons in pre- and post-operative care. Faculty continue cutting-edge research in aortic surgery, transplantation, mechanical heart, and experimental cardiac transplantation programs, as well as vascular biology and transplantation immunology, including pathogenesis of coronary arteriosclerosis, mitral valve disease and aortic disease.

About Us

Our cardiac team includes some of the most experienced and award-winning cardiac surgeons in the world, as well as a dedicated team of experienced cardiologists, cardiac nurses, physicians...

Cardiac Surgery Research

Researchers at Yale Cardiac surgery department have introduced countless medical and surgical advances over the last century, including pioneering work on the artificial heart.

Education Programs

The Thoracic Surgery Residency programs at Yale are designed to train future leaders in the field.

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Please visit to learn more about what we offer adult and pediatric patients needing surgical treatment and our comprehensive care for a full range of conditions and diseases, from the most common to the most complicated.


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Dr. Arnar Geirsson, MD, FACS, FAHA, Section Chief of Cardiac Surgery

It has been nearly 10 years since I accepted my first academic faculty position at Yale University School of Medicine...