Title: Cynthia Chow Professor of Surgery, Chief of Cardiac Surgery, Director of the Heart and Vascular Center
Company: The University of Chicago Medicine
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Valluvan Jeevanandam, MD, Cynthia Chow Professor of Surgery, Chief of Cardiac Surgery, Director of the Heart and Vascular Center at The University of Chicago Medicine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in cardiac surgery.
Dr. Jeevanandam became involved in his profession because he grew up during the time in which people first began having heart transplants. He wanted to be in a field that was exciting, exotic and a high profession to be able to achieve. He took on the challenge to be a surgeon despite the people around him trying to dissuade him by saying he will miserable and not have a family life. With more than 35 years to his credit now, he still has a strong passion for what he does and does not feel burnt out. Dr. Jeevanandam is proud of his line of work because it contributes to the lives of people who are most vulnerable. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry, summa cum laude, from Columbia University and went on to receive a Doctor of Medicine from the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1984. Continuing with his education, he became a resident at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in 1991, where he also accepted a fellowship.
Dr. Jeevanandam is most proud of performing the world’s first back-to-back triple-organ transplants of two 29-year-old patients, both with failing hearts, livers and kidneys in 2018, as well as performing the world’s first successful adult transplant using an undersized pediatric donor. Notably, he has worked at The University of Chicago Medicine since 1998 as the chief of cardiac surgery. During that time, he was also a professor of surgery from 2002 to 2019. In 2019, he was appointed to the Cynthia Chow Professor of surgery and the director of the Heart and Vascular Center, continuing to excel in these positions today. Additionally, Dr. Jeevanandam has also held the positions of program director and associate director of the Heart Transplant Program at Temple University. Civically, since 1993, he has given volunteer surgeries and contributed to the education fund in India. He is also a part of the Mentorship Program of the Southside of Chicago.
As a testament to his success, Dr. Jeevanandam was named a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly in 2020, as well as the recipient of the Chamberlain Award in 2005, Whipple Award and named Best in Physiology. He has been inducted as a member of the American Heart Association, American College of Surgeons, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation and the American Society for Artificial Organs. Looking towards the future, Dr. Jeevanandam plans to continue working his heart program, spreading the success to the people who have helped in cardiac and vascular surgery. He wants to develop a cardiovascular center in order to create new models in health care that can help patients and be a model of what other people can follow. He also wants to mentor a junior team to take from his experiences that he has had throughout the years, to teach other people and become more involved in the innovation of new technologies for the field.
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