Patrick M. McCarthy, MD

Northwestern Medical Group
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Surgery


Patrick M. McCarthy, MD, director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, has distinguished himself as both a clinician and researcher in the field of cardiac surgery. Dr. McCarthy is a professor of surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the chief of Cardiac Surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. In recognition of his continued, outstanding achievements, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine named Dr. McCarthy the first Heller-Sacks Professor of Surgery.

Dr. McCarthy has achieved national and international recognition in the fields of complex adult cardiac surgery including valve repair and replacement and atrial fibrillation. He has performed almost 10,000 heart operations, averaging 400 per year. He has authored or co-authored more than 350 papers and 50 book chapters. He is, or has been, on the editorial board of six medical journals and is an officer in numerous professional societies.

He was one of the youngest surgeons ever to be elected into the prestigious American Association of Thoracic Surgeons (AATS). He has given over 500 lectures, has been visiting professor numerous times and has lectured on six continents.

Because of his expertise as an inventor, Dr. McCarthy is the medical faculty director of a unique course, NUvention, which combines Northwestern University medical, engineering, business and law school students and faculty to conceive and develop new medical products. Dr. McCarthy developed three valve repair rings in wide commercial use. He has more patents pending and projects underway to facilitate other valve operations, minimally invasive heart operations, and catheter-based approaches to valve disease.

Dr. McCarthy is a graduate of Notre Dame and Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine. He completed his general and cardiac surgery training at the Mayo Clinic and completed a special heart and lung transplantation fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center. He practiced at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation from 1990 until March 2004. Until March 11, 2004, Dr. McCarthy was the surgical director of the Kaufman Center for Heart Failure at the Cleveland Clinic. While there, he was the first occupant of the George M. and Linda H. Kaufman Chair.


  • Medical Education
    Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine - 1980
  • Residency
    Mayo Clinic-Rochester - 1985
  • Fellowship
    Stanford Hospital and Clinics - 1989


  • Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery


Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute of Northwestern

675 N. St. Clair

Galter 19-100

Chicago, IL 60611



  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Atrial Fibrillation Surgery
  • Coronary Bypass Surgery
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy/Myectomy
  • Maze Procedure
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Valve Repair/Replacement


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  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna US Healthcare HMO
  • BCBS Blue Advantage PPO
  • BCBS Classic Blue
  • Beech Street
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cofinity PPO
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • HFN-Healthcares Finest Network
  • HealthLink
  • Humana ChoiceCare PPO
  • Humana HMO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • PNA (Preferred Network Access)
  • PPO Next
  • Preferred Plan PPO
  • TriCare(US Military Insurance)
  • Unicare PPO
  • Unicare PPO(Wellpoint Network)
  • UnitedHealthcare Choice
  • UnitedHealthcare Choice Plus
  • UnitedHealthcare Options PPO
  • UnitedHealthcare Select
  • UnitedHealthcare Select HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Select Plus