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Carl L. Backer, M.D.

Carl L. Backer, M.D. is the A.C. Buehler Professor of Surgery at Northwetern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and Division Head of Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgery at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Backer received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Mayo Medical School in 1980. He Completed his general and cardiothoracic surgical training at Northwestern University Medical School in 1987. He spent one year as a Congenital Cardiac Fellow at Children’s Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Backer and the late Dr. Farouk S. Idriss performed the first heart transplant at Children’s Memorial Hospital on May 13, 1988. Dr. Backer is the director of the Heart Transplant Program at Lurie Children’s and has performed over 260 transplant. Dr. Bakcer also has a strong clinical interest in neonatal cardiac surgery, tracheal surgery. vascular ring surgery, and arrhythmia surgery. Dr. Backer has authored or co-authored over 280 refereed articles, 95 book chapter, and 5 textbooks. He is the co-editor of three cardiac surgery textbook: Pediatric Cardiac Surgery (2nd, 3rd and 4th editions) and Atlas of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery with Dr. Constantine Mavroudis, and Wilcox’s Surgical Anatomy (4th edition) ¬†with Dr. Robert H. Anderson.\

Dr. Backer is a member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society, the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, the Doctors Mayo Society, the international Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, American Surgical Association, and 20 other surgical societies, He is President-elect of the Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society and the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association.

Dr. Backer is the immediate Past Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Children’s Heart Foundation. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Journal of Cardiac Surgery, and the World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.

Dr. Backer led a team of Hospital medical directors who planned the Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit, a multidisciplinary center that integrates the care of children with heart disease located in the new, state-of-the-art facility at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, which opened in June 2012.