Michael E. Mitchell, MD

Michael E. Mitchell, MD

Professor and Chief of the Division of Congenital Heart Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin; Medical Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Children's Wisconsin; Surgical Director of the Herma Heart Institute; and the S. Bert Litwin Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Children's


  • Herma Heart Institute
    9000 W. Wisconsin Ave.
    Milwaukee, WI 53226


Dr. Mitchell is a Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Children’s Wisconsin and performs all complex neonatal and pediatric cardiac surgery, as well as pediatric and adult heart and lung transplantation, and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. He was trained at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


  • Congenital Cardiac Surgery
  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
  • Surgery


  • Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • General Surgery


  • English

Research Experience

  • Bioengineered Heart Cells in Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
  • Genetic Impact of MYH6 Variants
  • Highly Sensitive, Non-Invasive Cardiac Transplant Rejection
  • Total Cell-Free Deoxyribonucleic Acid (total of cf-DNA) Predictor

Clinical Expertise

  • Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Heart, Lung and Heart/Lung Transplantation
  • Neonatal and Infant Cardiac Surgery
  • Tracheal Suspension
  • Valve Reconstruction

Leadership Positions

  • Board Member, Children's Specialty Group (CSG)
  • Board Member, United Network for Organ Sharing, Region 7 Regional Heart Review
  • Chair Person, American College of Cardiology (ACC), Congenital Program Committee
  • Co-Chair Children's Specialty Group (CSG) Quality Committee
  • Course Chair, American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)/Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Congenital Heart Disease Symposium
  • Director, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW) Tracheal Reconstruction Team
  • Member & Scientific Reviewer, US Dept. of Defense, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)
  • Member & Scientific Reviewer, US Dept. of Defense, Medical Research Program (PRMRP)
  • Member & Scientific Reviewer, US Dept. of Defense, Pre-Congenital Heart Disease (Pre-CHD)
  • Member, American College of Cardiology (ACC), Section Leadership Council
  • Member, Children's Specialty Group (CSG) Finance Committee
  • Member, Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society (CHS), Standards & Ethics Committee

MCW Program / Core Facilities

  • ACGME Accredited Residency Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgical Training Program
  • Advisory Committee, Pediatric Cardiology Research Fellow
  • Course Director, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Rotation
  • Course Director, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Integrative Selective for Fourth Year Medical Sutdents
  • Member, Cardiovascular Scientific Advisory Committee
  • Member, DiGeorge Program Planning Committee
  • Member, Immunodeficiency Subcommittee
  • Program Director, ACGME Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Educational Expertise

  • 1990 A.B. Princeton University, Chemistry (Cum Laude)
  • 1995 M.D. Harvard Medical School (Magna Cum Laude)
  • 2017 Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Health Centers

Community Partnerships

  • Member, WI Statewide Umbrella Immunodeficiency Newborn Screening Subcomittee