University of Michigan Board of Regents approves new Department of Cardiac Surgery

U-M Medical School keeps pulse with growth and academic innovation by establishing Department of Cardiac Surgery

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Michigan Medical School will establish an independent Department of Cardiac Surgery following action by the University’s Board of Regents Thursday.

It’s among the first new departments created at the U-M Medical School in more than 10 years. Also approved is the Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics.

Cardiac surgery at the U-M continues to evolve new approaches to the spectrum of cardiac diseases from congenital abnormalities to problems of the elderly.

The first pediatric open-heart surgery in the state, and one of the first in the nation, was performed at the University of Michigan in 1960.

Today the U-M performs more than 2,000 heart operations a year and heart programs housed at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center and the U-M’s Mott Children’s Hospital are consistently ranked among the tops in the nation.

“The establishment of an independent department of Cardiac Surgery is critical to sustaining and enhancing the University’s reputation of excellence in this field. It will further our faculty members’ scholarly and educational activities with their peers across the University and across the nation,” says James O. Woolliscroft, M.D., dean of the U-M Medical School and Lyle C. Roll Professor of Medicine.

Beyond its significant clinical footprint, cardiac surgery’s successful research programs are expected to expand in the areas of health outcomes research and clinical trials.

The development is also expected to impact recruitment and retention of faculty, enhance performance within the U-M Cardiovascular Center, further academic training and enhance research potential.


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