Rochester, Minnesota Clinical Profile


Joseph A. Dearani, M.D., has a special interest in the surgical treatment of pediatric and adult congenital heart disease, robotic heart surgery and heart transplantation.

Focus areas

  • Pediatric and adult congenital heart disease.
  • Robotic heart surgery.
  • Innovative valve repair techniques such as the Ross procedure.
  • Complex reoperations.
  • Aortic root surgery.
  • Cardiac transplantation.
  • Regenerative medicine and stem cell therapies in congenital heart disease.

Significance to patient care

Surgical repair for most congenital heart defects occurs in infancy and early childhood. These operations can be performed with low risk even for the most complex defects, and result in long-term health, normal life expectancy and excellent quality of life for most patients. Novel valve repair techniques can be performed for the aortic, mitral and tricuspid valves that can delay or avoid valve replacement, and selected valve procedures can be done robotically or with a minimally invasive approach.

Professional highlights

  • President, Thoracic Surgery Foundation, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, 2022-2025.
  • Chair, American Board of Thoracic Surgery, 2022-2024.
  • President, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, 2020.
  • President, Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society, 2019.
  • Chair, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Mayo Clinic, 2011-2020.
  • Program director, Thoracic Surgery Residency, Mayo Clinic, 2002-2010.


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery

Joint Appointment

  1. Consultant, Division of Transplantation Surgery, Department of Surgery

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Surgery


  1. Fellow - Congenital Cardiac Surgery and Transplantation Loma Linda University Medical Center
  2. Resident - Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Mayo Clinic in Rochester
  3. Resident Thoracic Surgery, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. Chief Resident - General Surgery Georgetown University Hospital, Georgetown University
  5. Resident - Surgery Georgetown University Hospital, Georgetown University
  6. Research Fellowship - Surgery Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  7. Resident - General Surgery Georgetown University Hospital, Georgetown University
  8. Internship - General Surgery Georgetown University Hospital, Georgetown University
  9. MD School of Medicine, Georgetown University
  10. BA - Biology/Spanish Fordham University

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