About Ohio State’s Division of Cardiac Surgery

The Ohio State Heart and Vascular Center cardiac surgery team brings together highly skilled surgeons, the most advanced technology and world-class facilities to deliver exceptional surgical heart care. We specialize in the treatment of the most complex cardiac surgery patients with complex reoperations, minimally invasive surgeries, coronary artery bypass surgery, heart valve surgery, aortic surgery, endovascular and transcatheter procedures, heart and lung transplantation, mechanical circulatory support and ECMO. Our faculty are leaders in the education and training of the next generation of cardiac surgeons attracting the best and the brightest to our Cardiothoracic Fellowship Program. Our researchers focus on the development of new and less invasive therapies to prevent and treat heart disease.

Welcome from the division director

Welcome to Ohio State's Division of Cardiac Surgery. We have assembled a team of highly skilled cardiac surgeons who are focused on pushing the forefront of research and procedures to advance our field and the care we provide our patients. As a high-volume quaternary referral center, our team tackles some of the most complex patient cases in the state and surrounding region. As central Ohio’s only adult transplant center, we feature a robust heart and lung transplant program as well as a large mechanical circulatory support program evaluating the most advanced therapies for our patients. I joined Ohio State for the boundless opportunity here to collaborate with clinicians and researchers and for the enormous scope this institution has to offer. You will find this same opportunity whether as a faculty member, trainee or student.

Nahush Mokadam, MD
Director, Division of Cardiac Surgery

See the Ohio State Difference

Artifical Heart

Advanced Heart and Lung Failure

As central Ohio’s only adult heart and lung transplant program, our program is experiencing unprecedented growth. We are home to the area’s largest mechanical circulatory support program and offer our patients the full range of treatment options including ventricular assist devices and total artificial heart. We also perform combined organ transplants, including heart-lung, heart-kidney, heart-liver, lung-kidney and lung-liver. Additionally, we perform complex cardiopulmonary reconstructions for chronic PE (pulmonary thromboendarterectomy), ventricular aneurysms and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Our dedicated ECMO team also serves a high volume, offering 24/7 management of this complex patient population. We are engaged in exciting research evaluating new therapies and opportunities including ex-vivo lung and heart perfusion.
Doctor holding Lilly TAVR device

Structural Heart and Valvular Heart Disease

Our dedicated program offers access to the most advanced minimally invasive and options for every heart valve condition. We perform the full spectrum of procedures including aortic valve repair or replacement including TAVR, as well as complex mitral valve repairs. Our cardiac surgeons work collaboratively with interventional cardiology to ensure each patient receives personalized care tailored to their condition.
Heart surgery

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Surgery

Ohio State’s Adult Congenital Heart Disease program is one of the largest in the country, offering seamless transition for patients moving from pediatric to adult congenital care. Our partnership with the cardiac surgery team at the renowned Nationwide Children’s Hospital allows us to work in tandem to perform complex procedures on adult congenital patients here at the Ohio State Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital.
Surgical tools

Aortic Center

The Ohio State Aortic Center is a multidisciplinary program combining the expertise of highly skilled physicians including cardiac surgeons, vascular surgeons and cardiologists to provide a tailored approach to each patient’s care. This includes conventional surgery and endovascular procedures. In addition to scheduled aortic procedures, the Aortic Center also provides treatment for emergent and life threatening aortic diseases.
Dr. Mokadam performing surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Our cardiac surgery team is proud to offer our patients the advantages of minimally invasive approaches to many procedures including, CABG, LVAD, Aortic valve replacement, mitral and tricuspid valve repair/replacement and PFO closure. Our large research enterprise and robotic surgical capability allows us to explore and test new devices and procedures.
Training of the next generation of cardiac surgeons.
Cardiac surgery faculty
Central Ohio's Premier Cardiac Surgery Program

Placing Your Heart in an Artificial World

Nahush Mokadam, MD, professor and director of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at The Ohio State University, discusses how rapid advancements in technology could lead to greater use of artificial devices to save patients awaiting heart transplants.

Improving outcomes for transplant patients

Bryan Whitson, MD, PhD, a cardiothoracic surgeon at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, discusses how his team at the Ohio State Heart and Vascular Center is advancing research to make more lungs, hearts, kidneys and livers viable for transplantation.

Artificial Heart Technology at Ohio State

Whether a final treatment or an interim treatment while waiting for a heart transplant, artificial heart technology can improve quality of life for select patients. Cardiac surgeon Nahush Mokadam, MD, explains more about artificial hearts and treatment at Ohio State.

Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery at Ohio State

Minimally invasive surgery is used at Ohio State as appropriate for valve repairs and replacements, bypass, partial artificial hearts and more. Cardiac surgeon Nahush Mokadam, MD, explains the benefits.

Aortic Aneurysm symptoms and treatment at Ohio State

An aneurism is an enlargement of a blood vessel and can happen for a variety of reasons, frequently without any symptoms. Ohio State cardiac surgeon Nahush Mokadam, MD, explains symptoms, treatment options, the danger of an aneurism bursting and follow up surveillance.

Learning to Fly in Cardiac Surgery

Dr. Mokadam explains how a revolutionary new curriculum and simulation program allows cardiac surgery trainees to experience real surgical procedures using a high fidelity simulation setting.