Joseph A. Dearani, M.D.

  1. Cardiothoracic Surgeon
  2. Chair, Cardiac Surgery, Minnesota
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My name is Joseph Dearani and I am the Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

My area of interest and expertise really focuses mostly on congenital heart disease and robotic heart surgery. It's really simple. The patient comes first. To see over years and decades that a child can grow and become a productive member of society, I mean that's it for me. I mean, the ability to participate in the care of somebody that has that kind of a future in front of them is why I love the specialty of cardiac surgery.

I have made a concerted effort for the last 25 years to improve my skills, to move with the changing times of health care in a way that is compassionate and caring to a patient and their family so they believe in me, they believe in the medical team, and they believe in the Mayo Clinic.

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  1. Heart arrhythmias
  1. Congenital heart disease surgery
  2. Heart transplant
  3. Heart valve repair
  4. Neonatal and pediatric heart surgery
  5. Robotic surgery
  • Pediatric and adult congenital heart surgery
  • Reoperative cardiac surgery
  • Valve repair
  • Robotic assisted repair of valve and congenital heart defects (minimally invasive)
  • Arrhythmia surgery
  • Heart transplantation
  1. 1997
    Fellow - Congenital Cardiac Surgery and TransplantationLoma Linda University Medical Center
  2. 1996
    Resident - Thoracic and Cardiovascular SurgeryMayo Clinic in Rochester
  3. 1993
    Chief Resident - General SurgeryGeorgetown University Hospital, Georgetown University
  4. 1992
    Resident - SurgeryGeorgetown University Hospital, Georgetown University
  5. 1990
    Research Fellowship - SurgeryBrigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  6. 1988
    Resident - General SurgeryGeorgetown University Hospital, Georgetown University
  7. 1987
    Internship - General SurgeryGeorgetown University Hospital, Georgetown University
  8. 1986
    MDSchool of Medicine, Georgetown University
  9. 1982
    BA - Biology/SpanishFordham University

Certifications

  1. 2010
    Congenital Cardiac SurgeryAmerican Board of Thoracic Surgery
  2. 1997
    Thoracic and Cardiac SurgeryAmerican Board of Thoracic Surgery

Awards and honors

  1. 2014
    Outstanding Editorial Board Member for 2014Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
  2. 2013
    2013 John A. Hawkins Top Scoring AbstractCongenital Heart Surgeons' Society
  3. 2008
    L.O.R.I. AwardHypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association (HCMA)
  4. 2006
    Dwight McGoon Mentorship AwardAmerican Association for Thoracic Surgery
  5. 1994
    O.T. Clagett Travelling Fellowship Award in Thoracic and Cardiovascular SurgeryMayo Clinic
  6. 1993
    Resident Teacher Award in SurgeryGeorgetown University
  7. 1993
    Harry B. Zehner Traveling Fellowship AwardWashington Chapter, American College of Surgeons
  8. 1993
    Marguerite George Award in Vascular SurgeryAwarding Organization
  9. 1993
    First Place, Basic ScienceWashington Academy of Surgery, Surgical Resident's Competitive Forum
  10. 1990
    Charles A. Hufnagel Research Award in SurgeryAwarding Organization
  11. 1986
    Alpha Omega AlphaGeorgetown University Hospital, Georgetown University
  12. 1979
    Dean's ListFordham University
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Professional memberships

  1. 2016 - 2018
    President-ElectCongenital Heart Surgeons' Society
  2. 2015 - 2016
    MemberExamination Committee, American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  3. 2015 - 2016
    MemberCardiac Subcommittee, American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  4. 2015 - 2016
    MemberCongenital Heart Surgery Submcommittee, American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  5. 2015 - 2016
    MemberCongenital Heart Surgery MOC Committee, American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  6. 2015 - 2016
    MemberMOC Exam/SESATS Committee, American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  7. 2015 - present
    MemberC. Walton and Richard C. Lillehei Surgical Society
  8. 2014 - 2017
    ChairWorkforce on Humanitarian Outreach, Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  9. 2014 - 2016
    Advisory Board MemberJoint Council on Thoracic Surgery Education, Inc., Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  10. 2014 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic Rochester, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery and Division of General Thoracic Surgery, Clinic Competency Committee, Thoracic Surgery Residency
  11. 2013 - 2017
    Director MemberAmerican Board of Thoracic Surgery
  12. 2013
    MemberSouthern Thoracic Surgical Association
  13. 2013
    MemberAmerican Board of Thoracic Surgery
  14. 2012
    MemberStructural Heart Disease Council
  15. 2012
    MemberSouthern Thoracic Surgical Association
  16. 2012 - present
    ChairSociety of Thoracic Surgeons
  17. 2011 - 2016
    ChairWorkforce on Surgical Treatment of Adults with Congenital Heart Disease, Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  18. 2011 - present
    MemberCardiovascular Surgery Specialty Council, Mayo Clinic Specialty Council, Mayo Clinic Clinical Practice Committee
  19. 2011 - present
    Council MemberWorld Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Constitution, World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
  20. 2011 - present
    CouncilWorld Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Constitution, World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
  21. 2011 - present
    ChairWorkforce on Surgical Treatment of Adults with Congenital Heart Disease, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American Association for Thoracic Surgery
  22. 2010 - 2016
    ChairCouncil on Education and Member Services Operating Board, Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  23. 2010 - present
    MemberBy-Laws Committee, Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society
  24. 2009 - present
    ChairmanWorld Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Constitution, World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
  25. 2008 - present
    MemberAmerican College of Surgeons
  26. 2008 - present
    MemberSurgeon Scientific Council, American College of Cardiology
  27. 2008 - present
    MemberAmerican Surgical Association
  28. 2008 - present
    MemberWorld Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
  29. 2008 - present
    MemberWorld Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Constitution, World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
  30. 2007 - 2011
    Medical Advisor to the BoardAdult Congenital Heart Association
  31. 2007 - 2010
    MemberWorkforce on Congenital Heart Surgery, Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  32. 2007 - present
    MemberCommittee to Develop Guidelines for the Management of Adults with Congenital Heart Disease, Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  33. 2006 - present
    ChairTaskforce for Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  34. 2005 - 2008
    MemberTaskforce for Congenital Heart Disease, Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  35. 2005 - 2008
    MemberProgram Committee, American Association for Thoracic Surgery
  36. 2005 - 2008
    MemberWeb Committee, American Association for Thoracic Surgery
  37. 2005 - present
    MemberAmerican Association for Thoracic Surgery
  38. 2005 - present
    MemberCongenital Heart Surgeons' Society
  39. 2005 - present
    MemberTaskforce for Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  40. 2003 - 2011
    MemberMayo Clinic ECMO Program
  41. 2002 - 2011
    Program DirectorThoracic Surgery Residency Training Program, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Department of Surgery
  42. 2000 - 2001
    MemberPharmacy and Therapeutics Subcommittee - Rochester, Clinical Practice Committee - Rochester, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  43. 1999 - 2004
    MemberMayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital
  44. 1999 - 2004
    MemberMayo Clinic Intensive Care Unit Committee, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  45. 1998 - present
    MemberCongenital Heart Surgery Nomenclature Committee, Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  46. 1997 - 2011
    MemberMayo Clinic 5 Mary Brigh B & G Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  47. 1997 - 1999
    MemberMarketing Subcommittee, Mayo Clinic Pediatric Council, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  48. 1996 - 1997
    MemberMayo Clinic Transfusion Committee, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  49.  
    Co-DirectorMayo Clinic ECMO Program
  50.  
    DirectorMayo Clinic 5 Mary Brigh B & G Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  51.  
    MemberPediatric Council, Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital
  52.  
    MemberInternational Society For Heart and Lung Transplantation
  53.  
    MemberAmerican Medical Association
  54.  
    MemberMedical Society of the District of Columbia
  55.  
    MemberAmerican Heart Association
  56.  
    MemberMinnesota Medical Association
  57.  
    MemberZumbro Valley Medical Society, Minnesota Medical Association
  58.  
    MemberSigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  59.  
    MemberAmerican Academy of Pediatrics
  60.  
    MemberLunar Society of Congenital Heart Surgeons
  61.  
    MemberEducation Committee, Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society
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Publications

Research activities

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