Dr. Sauer is a cardiologist who specializes in advanced heart failure therapies, including heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support devices. He is also an Assistant Professor on faculty with Northwestern University. Originally from a Nebraska farming community, Dr. Sauer graduated with Distinction in Research from the University of Rochester, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Honor Societies. He completed his internship and residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he also studied complex cardiovascular trait genetics at the Broad Institute of Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Sauer was recognized for co-authoring and editing the first edition of the MGH cardiac intensive care housestaff manual. Since transitioning to Northwestern, Dr. Sauer has continued to expand his clinical, teaching, and scholarly endeavors. His expertise in artificial heart assistance technologies has been demonstrated by his lectures at regional training sessions designed to update practitioners on methods for integrating ultrasound imaging into clinical practice. He has authored peer-reviewed original articles, reviews, abstracts and book chapters, accumulating over 500 citations to date. Dr. Sauer has presented works at national and international scientific sessions including the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation.
His main research focus is on the development, refinement, and appropriate use of artificial heart technologies and his goal is to participate in establishing a fully implantable device as a viable alternative to heart transplantation. Dr. Sauer’s many honors include the University of Rochester Doran J. Stephen’s Prize for Clinical, Teaching, and Research Excellence, the Northwestern Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Robert O. Bonow, MD Excellence in Cardiovascular Research Award. He was also recently inducted into the Northwestern Searle Center for Advanced Learning and Teaching Fellowship.