Featured Experts

Featured Experts

Mark S. Allen, MD
Dr. Allen is a General Thoracic Surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and a professor of surgery at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine.


Mara B. Antonoff, MD
Dr. Antonoff is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.


Leah M. Backhus, MD, MPH
Dr. Backhus is an associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Stanford University. She practices at Stanford Hospital and is Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the VA Palo Alto. Her surgical practice consists of general thoracic surgery with special emphasis on thoracic oncology and minimally invasive surgical techniques.


Philip W. Carrott, MD
Dr. Carrott is an assistant professor of surgery in the Divisions of General Thoracic Surgery and Cardiothoracic Transplantation & Circulatory Support at Baylor College of Medicine. He specializes in thoracic surgery and lung transplantation and treats benign and malignant disorders of the lung, esophagus, and chest wall.


Robbin G. Cohen, MD, MMM
Dr. Cohen is the Medical Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, CA, and Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Southern California.


John V. Conte, MD
Dr. Conte is Chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery and Associate Director of the Heart and Vascular Institute at Penn State University Hershey Medical Center. His areas of interest include adult cardiac surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, and TAVR.


Elizabeth A. David, MD, MAS
Dr. David is a General Thoracic Surgeon and Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Her research interests include lung cancer disparities and stigma and their influence on lung cancer patients and outcomes.


James R. Edgerton, MD
Dr. Edgerton is the co-director of the Atrial Fibrillation Center of Excellence at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano.


Emily A. Farkas, MD
Dr. Farkas is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at ThedaCare Appleton Heart Institute and serves on the Board of Trustees for the humanitarian organizations CardioStart International and VOOM Foundation.


Richard H. Feins, MD
Dr. Feins is a Professor of Surgery and Medical Director of Perioperative Services at the University of North Carolina Hospitals.


Mark K. Ferguson, MD
Dr. Ferguson is a thoracic surgeon at The University of Chicago Medicine, with a special interest in esophageal cancer. He is active in diagnosis, staging, and surgical therapy for this disease. Dr. Ferguson also serves as the Executive Director of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ISDE).


Richard K. Freeman, MD, MBA
Dr. Freeman is the Regional Chief Clinical Officer of Loyola Medicine. He also is a Professor in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery of Loyola Medicine and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Madeline Graf, MS, LCGC 
Madeline is a licensed genetic counselor who specializes in inherited aortic, connective tissue, and other cardiovascular disease.  She and Dr. Robbin Cohen developed the University of Southern California’s Genetic Aortic & Related Disorders Center, where she consults patients in a multidisciplinary care setting. 


Frederick L. Grover, MD
Dr. Grover is a Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Past Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Kendra J. Grubb, MD, MHA
Dr. Grubb serves as Surgical Director of the Structural Heart and Valve Center at Emory University in Atlanta. An active teacher and researcher, she has participated in many clinical trials and investigations and presented her work at dozens of regional, national, and international conferences.

Kendra Grubb

Steven W. Guyton, MD, MHA
Dr. Guyton is an adult cardiothoracic surgeon living in Seattle, Wash. He has served as president of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association as well as president of the Northwest Affiliate of the American Heart Association.

Amy E. Hackmann, MD
Dr. Hackmann is Surgical Director of the ECMO Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She also is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Hackmann specializes in complex heart surgery and cardiothoracic transplantation.


J. Robert Headrick, MD, MBA
Dr. Headrick is Chief of Thoracic Surgery and Director of the Chest and Lung Cancer Center at CHI Memorial in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He also serves as Dyad leader of the Rees Skillern Cancer Center.


Cynthia Herrington, MD
Dr. Herrington is a cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in congenital cardiac surgery and thoracic transplantation and an Associate Professor of Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.


Lauren C. Kane, MD
Dr. Kane is a congenital heart surgeon at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, College of Medicine.

Linda W. Martin, MD, MPH
Dr. Martin is an associate professor of surgery practicing general thoracic surgery at the University of Virginia’s Emily Couric Cancer Center. Her main focus is cancer surgery of the chest, with specific interests in enhanced recovery pathways after thoracic surgery, lung cancer screening, multimodality care of patients with lung cancer, esophageal cancer, and thymic, chest wall, and pleural cancers.


Reza J. Mehran, MDCM, MSc
Dr. Mehran holds various positions at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, including Professor in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Director of the Multidisciplinary Mesothelioma Program, and Medical Co-Director of the Thoracic Surgery and Thoracic Medical Oncology Outpatient Clinic. He has published numerous articles and book chapters, while also collaborating on many research protocols.


Jennifer S. Nelson, MD, MS
Dr. Nelson is a pediatric cardiac surgeon at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, FL, and an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine.


Tom C. Nguyen, MD
Dr. Nguyen is the Chief of Cardiac Surgery at the Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, as well as Director of Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery and Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. Dr. Nguyen specializes in complex adult cardiac surgery, with extensive experience in minimally invasive aortic and mitral surgery, as well as transcatheter techniques. 


Alexander P. Nissen, MD
Dr. Nissen is a general surgery resident current working as a postdoctoral research fellow at The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. He plans to pursue a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship and a career as an academic adult cardiac surgeon after the completion of his research fellowship and general surgery training.

Carla Patel, RN, ACNP-BC
Carla is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner who has worked in the MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Thoracic Surgical Department for the past 12 years. Her clinical focus is the postoperative management of thoracic surgical patients in the inpatient setting.


Rishindra M. Reddy, MD
Dr. Reddy is a Thoracic Surgeon and Associate Professor at the University of Michigan. His clinical interests include all aspects of general thoracic surgery, including thoracic oncology, minimally invasive techniques and robotics surgery, esophageal diseases, pectus repairs, and therapy for end-stage lung disease.


V. Seenu Reddy, MD, MBA
Dr. Reddy is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon and surgical director of the structural heart program at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.


Todd K. Rosengart, MD
Dr. Rosengart is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Baylor College of Medicine and serves as Professor and Chairman of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine, as well as holds the DeBakey Bard Chair of Surgery. He also is the Chair of the STS Workforce on Media Relations and Communications. 


Mark Russo, MD, MS
Dr. Russo is a cardiac surgeon at RWJBarnabas Health, where he serves as Director of the Center for Aortic Diseases, Director of Structural Heart Disease, and Director of the Valve Research Center. He also is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School.


K. Robert Shen, MD
Dr. Shen is an Associate Professor and Consultant in the Division of General Thoracic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He treats patients with both benign, as well as malignant diseases of the esophagus, lung, chest wall, pleura, mediastinum, and airway. 


Raina Sinha, MD, MPH 
Dr. Sinha is a pediatric and adult congenital cardiac surgeon at Connecticut Children’s, as well as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Connecticut. She specializes in complex neonatal heart defects and repairs of mitral, tricuspid, and aortic valves.


Matthew A. Steliga, MD
Dr. Steliga is the Division Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He also has undergone training as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist and works to incorporate smoking cessation programs in clinical care from screening through survivorship.

Elizabeth H. Stephens, MD, PhD
Dr. Stephens is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in Cardiovascular Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She specializes in congenital heart disease, valve disease, heart failure, mechanical circulatory support, and heart transplantation.

Brendon M. Stiles, MD
Dr. Stiles is an Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He is a general thoracic surgeon, researcher, and patient advocate with a particular focus on thoracic oncology. 


Nestor R. Villamizar, MD
Dr. Villamizar is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, and is the Associate Program Director for the Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship. He has a particular interest in education to improve patient care and surgical outcomes.

Nestor Villamizar


Jennifer J. Wan, MD
Dr. Wan is a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon. She serves as the Medical Director of Thoracic Surgery at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, CA, and also practices at the Ventura County Medical Center.  


Douglas E. Wood, MD
Dr. Wood is a University of Washington (Seattle) professor, chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and the endowed chair in lung cancer research.