Patrick M. McCarthy, MD, is executive director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine, the Heller-Sacks Professor of Surgery in the Feinberg School of Medicine and chief of Cardiac Surgery. He has distinguished himself as a clinician, researcher, educator and administrator in heart disease. Dr. McCarthy trained at the Mayo Clinic in general and cardiac surgery, at Stanford University for an advanced fellowship including heart and lung transplantation, and practiced at the Cleveland Clinic from 1990 until March 2004. While there, he was the George and Linda Kaufman Chair of Surgery and surgical director of the Kaufman Center for Heart Failure as well as director of heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support. Dr. McCarthy returned to his home in Chicago in 2004 when he was recruited to Northwestern. Dr. McCarthy has performed over 10,000 heart operations including approximately 5,000 heart valve surgeries. He has authored or co-authored more than 400 papers and 50 book chapters. He has been on the editorial board of eight medical journals and has been an officer in numerous professional societies. In 2008, he won the Socrates Award for teaching from the Thoracic Surgery Residents Association. Dr. McCarthy also has a joint appointment with the Department of Biomedical Engineering of Northwestern University due to his work educating young entrepreneurs (NUvention), and he has invented several medical products in clinical use.
From 2004 until 2014, the volume of cardiac surgery at Northwestern grew almost 300% under Dr. McCarthy's leadership. Heart valve surgery, heart transplantation and mechanical support devices grew by more than 650%, and Northwestern became one of the largest heart valve surgery programs in the nation. The Northwestern heart and heart surgery program steadily has risen to one of the top US programs and highest ranked in Illinois and the surrounding states. Over 1200 physicians, nurses and support staff work in the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute.