Welcome to the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Paul J. Pearson, MD, PhDPaul J. Pearson, MD, PhD
Professor and Chief
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

On behalf of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Paul J. Pearson, MD, PhD as Chief of the Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery effective March 1, 2017. Dr. Pearson currently serves as Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery and Co-Director of the Cardiovascular Institute at NorthShore University HealthSystem.

Dr. Pearson graduated from Wheaton College and received his MD and PhD degrees from Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. He then completed an NIH-sponsored post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Physiology at Mayo Clinic, followed by his general surgery residency at the Virginia Mason Clinic in Seattle. He returned to the Mayo Clinic for his cardiothoracic surgery training.

Dr. Pearson is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and the American College of Chest Physicians. He has dedicated the majority of his career to clinical trial participation and device development, largely in the field of cardiac valve replacement and repair. He brings to our campus a unique level of experience with minimally invasive valve replacement as well as innovative open surgical techniques.

Dr. Pearson’s recruitment was a true collaborative effort made possible by many invaluable contributions from the Departments of Medicine (Division of Cardiology) and Anesthesiology, as well as leaders across many levels of the Medical College of Wisconsin (to include MCP) and Froedtert Health. I also want to recognize key team members from the Perioperative Enterprise (to include our Perfusion Staff) and the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, especially the work of Dr. George Haasler as interim Division Chief and the support of our Congenital Heart Surgeons (Drs. Viktor Hraska, Michael Mitchell, and Ronald Woods). Please welcome Dr. Pearson on his arrival March 1.

Douglas B. Evans, MD
Chair, Department of Surgery

Cardiothoracic surgery is a specialty consisting of the surgical treatment of congenital and acquired abnormalities of the heart and cardiovascular system, lungs and chest wall. Surgeons address the entire spectrum of problems in patients of all ages, sizes and maturity levels - from prenatal consultation to adults with congenital heart disease. Heart and aorta procedures include “beating heart” coronary bypass, valve surgery and surgery to correct heart rhythm problems. Our cardiothoracic surgeons also implant heart assist devices and perform heart transplants.

Clinical Highlights/Programs

Clinical Programs

  • General Thoracic Surgery
  • Cardiac Surgery
    • Aortic Surgery
    • Cardiac Valve Surgery
    • Coronary Surgery
  • Lung Transplant Program

MCW on the RADIO

Join us on Saturday, June 23 at 5 pm on NEWS/TALK 1130 WISN for the next program of “The Word on Medicine” supported by Selig Leasing Co., and produced by the Department of Surgery. This multidisciplinary, bi-weekly radio show will highlight innovation and discovery across MCW – how knowledge changes life!

The next show will focus on Lyme Disease: infectious disease experts and patients discuss the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Disease. The show will also feature the stories of two grateful patients who were willing to share their stories.

Panelists for this show include:

  • Dr. John Fangman
  • Dr. Joyce Sanchez
  • Dr. Michael Kron
  • Jenifer Coburn, PhD

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Contact Us

Medical College of WI
Cardiothoracic Surgery
HUB for Collaborative Medicine
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Patient Appointments (Adult)
(414) 955-6900
(414) 955-0079 (fax)

Administrative Offices
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Residency Program
(414) 955-6904
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