Carl L. Backer, MD is the A.C. Buehler Professor of Surgery, Division Head of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery, and Surgical Director of the Cardiac Transplant Program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Dr. Backer is a world-renowned pediatric cardiovascular-thoracic surgeon. His areas of expertise include heart transplantation, repair of complex congenital and acquired heart lesions, tracheal stenosis, and arrhythmia surgery. Dr. Backer specializes in surgical treatment of congenital heart disease in infants and children and also performs complex re-do procedures in adults. His special interests are: heart transplantation, vascular ring surgery, tracheal reconstruction, and the Ross operation.
Dr. Backer has authored or co-authored over 250 refereed articles, 90 book chapters, and seven textbooks. He is the co-editor with Dr. Constantine Mavroudis of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th editions of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery. Dr. Backer is board certified in thoracic surgery and congenital cardiac surgery. He sees patients at Lurie Children's and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.