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Joseph A. Dearani, M.D.

Dr. Joseph Dearani is Chair of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Mayo Clinic and Professor of Surgery in the Mayo College of Medicine.  He grew up in Norwalk, Connecticut and completed his undergraduate education at Fordham University in New York City.  He attended medical school at Georgetown University and then began his General Surgery residency at Georgetown University Medical Center.  During that interval, he spent two years as a surgical research fellow at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  He completed his surgical residency back in Washington, DC at the Georgetown University Hospital and then completed a Thoracic Surgery residency from 1993 to 1996 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  Upon finishing his Thoracic Surgery training, he did a Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Fellowship at Loma Linda University in southern California.  He returned to the Mayo Clinic to join the staff in 1997 where he is currently Professor of Surgery and Sheikh Zayed Professor in Cardiovascular Diseases at Mayo Clinic.  He became Chair of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery in January 2011.

Dr. Dearani’s clinical interests include the surgical management of neonates, children, and adults with complex congenital heart disease and minimally invasive and robotic heart surgery.  He is viewed as a world expert in the surgical management of Ebstein’s anomaly, valvular heart disease, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.  He is the author or co-author of approximately 400 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 27 book chapters, and numerous editorials.  His research interests include innovative techniques for complex congenital heart disease, robotic heart surgery, heart failure, and regenerative medicine from the newborn to the adult.

His professional life is complemented by an interest in music and jazz saxophone.  He is a member of multiple bands and has recorded and played in jazz clubs worldwide.  He has recently become involved with Jazz Impact, an innovative educational music venture that is a fusion of insights and parallels drawn from the worlds of business and healthcare illustrated through the experience of jazz.