Carl L. Backer, MD

Division Head, Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery; Surgical Director, Heart Transplant Program; A.C. Buehler Professor of Surgery; Professor of Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Special Interests

Congenital heart surgery, adults with congenital heart disease, complex reoperations in congenital heart surgery, heart transplantation, tracheal surgery, vascular rings, Fontan conversion and arrhythmia surgery

Research Interests

Arrhythmias; cardiology; cardiovascular diseases; circadian rhythms; congenital heart disease; heart transplantation

Biographical Information

Medical School

Mayo Medical School, 1980

Postgraduate Training

Children's Memorial Hospital, 1988; Northwestern University Medical School, 1987, 1985


Board certified in: Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery

Additional Information

Dr. Backer is President of the Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society. He is also Vice President of the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association.

To contact Dr. Backer, please call the Cardiovascular Surgery Office at 312.227.4240.

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