S. Chris Malaisrie, MD, is a cardiac surgeon and the co-director of Thoracic Aortic Surgery, associate director of Center of Heart Valve Disease, and surgical director of the Martha and Richard Melman Family Bicuspid Aortic Valve Program at Northwestern’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. He is a member of the Northwestern Medical Group and an associate professor of Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His clinical interests include minimally invasive valve surgery as well as endovascular/transcatheter procedures.
Dr. Malaisrie completed medical school at University of Maryland and went on to do his general surgery residency at Loyola University Chicago where he was awarded the Keeley Surgical Fellowship and traveled to the University of Hong Kong to study esophageal surgery. He was also awarded the Jack R. Pickleman Resident Teaching Award during his time as a chief resident and later received the Resident Traveling Fellowship Grant by the American Association for Thoracic Surgery while completing his thoracic surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Malaisrie rounded out his training by completing his fellowship at Stanford University in heart and lung transplantation before joining Northwestern University in 2007.
Since the beginning of his career at Northwestern, Dr. Malaisrie has been highly involved in teaching and education and has been named an Outstanding Teacher by students at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; as well as receiving the ‘Excellence in Teaching’ award. He serves on a committee to develop post-graduate education and training courses for surgeons. Every summer he also mentors a medical student resulting in each student receiving funding for their research projects.
Dr. Malaisrie’s expertise has led him to innovative research, and presently serves as the site principal investigator for Northwestern’s involvement in Placement of Aortic Transcatheter Valve Trial (PARTNER). His findings have culminated in numerous publications and manuscripts, such as The New England Journal of Medicine and Circulation as well as peer-reviewed journals of his surgical specialty. Furthermore, Dr. Malaisrie serves on the Board of Directors of the Thai Physicians Association of America and is President of the Thai Physicians Association of America Foundation. He is also an active member of the National Marfan Foundation, directing courses and helping train other surgeons in new technology.
In the future, Dr. Malaisrie looks forward to further establishing the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute and Northwestern Medicine as a national and international premier cardiac surgery program.