Education & Training

Medical School

Medical College of Wisconsin


Surgery (General Surgery)

  • Medical College of Wisconsin


Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

  • University Of Southern California


American Board of Thoracic Surgery


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Academic Information

Division Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Associate Professor of Surgery


1 Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65212
United States

F. 573-884-0437

Research Interests

  • Effects of LV unloading on Ischemia/reperfusion
  • Minimally invasive cardiac surgery
  • Medical care systems in a modern theater of battle
  • Mass casualty management

Areas of Expertise

  • Beating heart surgery
  • Complex aortic and aortic root reconstruction
  • Valve repair and replacement

Awards & Honors


  • Golden Scalpel Award (Best Technical Surgeon), 1999
  • Laparoscopic Surgery Award (Best Technical Laparoscopic Surgeon), 1999
  • Barney Becker Teaching award (Best Resident Teacher), 1998
  • Best Resident Discussant, 16th Annual Trauma Clinic Day


  • Service Excellence Award. University of Missouri Hospitals and Clinics, 2007
  • Health Educator of the Year. University of Missouri, 2008
  • Dr. Julio Barbero Combat Surgeons Award – Presented by the Exercise Tiger Foundation, September, 2011


  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal for service with the 31st CSH, 2004
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • ARMY Service Ribbon
  • Meritorious Service Unit Award, 47th CSH
  • Army Commendation Medal for Military Service, 2012


  • Fellow, American College of Cardiology
  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Western Thoracic Surgical Association
  • International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • American Heart Association
  • Society of Laparoscopic Endosurgeons
  • Fellow, International College of Surgeons
  • International Society of Surgeons
  • National Association of VA Physicians and Dentists
  • Eastern Cardiothoracic Surgical Society
  • Missouri State Medical Society
  • Boone County Medical Society
  • Wisconsin State Medical Society
  • Milwaukee County Medical Society
  • California State Medical Society
  • Acoustical Society of America, Associate Member
  • Sigma Pi Sigma (Society of Physics Students, Honors Physics Society)
  • Audio Engineering Society


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