The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center takes pride in the rich tradition of excellence and pioneering firsts that have made it one of the top cardiac and thoracic programs in the nation. Our long and distinguished legacy of research dates back to the late 1950s — our most notable triumphs being the first adult human heart transplant in the United States, the world's first successful adult human combined heart-lung transplant, the first successful use of a ventricular device as a bridge to transplantation, the first thoracic aortic stent graft, and the development of the first integrated platform for minimally invasive heart surgery.
Our Department is comprised of three divisions:
Together, the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery continues to improve patient health
through continual scientific innovation, revolutionary operative care, and exemplary surgical education.
Ngan Huang, PhD, receives funding from National Science Foundation for fundamental biomedical engineering research onboard the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory for the benefit of life on Earth
Insights gained in the microgravity environment of space may enhance the development of complex tissue and blood supply for damaged or defective organs. Research onboard the ISS may also help create reliable, tissue-engineered models of muscles and other organs outside the body to enable future research in biology, engineering and medicine.
Dr. Elan Burton selected by the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity to receive funds to attend the AAMC Junior Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar
This seminar for early career racial and ethnic minority faculty who aspire to leadership positions in academic medicine promotes real-world guidance and tools for pursuing career advancement and helps develop key competencies that build skills in grant writing and communications, while expanding their network of colleagues and role models.