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McCarthy Named Heller-Sacks Professor at Northwestern

September 19, 2006

CHICAGO --- Patrick M. McCarthy, MD, professor of cardiothoracic surgery, has been appointed the first Heller-Sacks Professor for Cardiothoracic Surgery at Northwestern University.

McCarthy is chief of Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine's Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and co-director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute.

Internationally known for his leadership and expertise in valve diseases, minimally invasive techniques and heart failure, McCarthy's pioneering contributions to the field of cardiothoracic medicine have played a major role in improving the treatment of the most complicated forms of heart disease.

He recently designed two mitral valve prosthetic rings used to repair leaking mitral valves, and his prosthetic ring for tricuspid valve repair is the most commonly used ring in the United States.

His hundreds of scholarly articles and book chapters represent cutting-edge research. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals, including The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation and The Journal of Cardiac Surgery.

Named among America's Top Doctors since 2000 and America's Top Surgeons since 2004, McCarthy has received many honors. These include dozens of invitations to serve as visiting professor at prestigious national and international institutions, Teacher of the Year (2003) from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation's department of cardiothoracic surgery and Crain's “40 Under 40.”

McCarthy serves on the Council on Clinical Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery for the American Heart Association. He is a member of numerous professional societies and is a fellow of the American Heart Association. He has served in leadership positions in his professional societies, including chair of the new technology committee of the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons/Society of Thoracic Surgeons and was former program director for the post-graduate course of the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons.

Prior to joining Northwestern's faculty in 2004, McCarthy worked at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for 13 years after his training at Stanford University and the Mayo Clinic.

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