After training in General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Michigan (1971-1978), Dr. Prager began his cardiac and thoracic surgical career at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery returning to Ann Arbor in 1983 to join the Cardiac and Thoracic Surgical Group at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. Dr. Prager was the Medical Director of the HCFA Demonstration Project at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and the Head of the Section of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery. In 1999, he moved to the University of Michigan as a Professor of Surgery and Head, Section of Adult Cardiac Surgery with ongoing interests in adult cardiac surgery, health outcomes research, patient safety, organizational efficiencies, and education.
Dr. Prager leads the Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons Quality Collaborative Initiative and is a Director of the University of Michigan’s Frankel Cardiovascular Center. He is the president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and past President of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association. In July 2016 he stepped down as Section Head of Adult Cardiac Surgery and Associate Program Director of the Thoracic Surgery Fellowship and the Integrated Cardiac and Thoracic Surgical residency.