Renowned Leader in Pediatric Heart Surgery and Research Joins Lurie Children’s

Joseph Forbess, MD, joined Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago as the Associate Division Head of Pediatric Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery and Surgical Director of the Single Ventricle Reconstruction Program. He also is a Professor of Pediatric Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. 

“We are thrilled to announce the addition of Joseph Forbess to the Lurie Children’s team,” says Stuart Berger, MD, Executive Director for the Heart Center. “He is an internationally renowned neonatal heart surgeon, and his expertise will allow for important growth and development in our Heart Center.”

Dr. Forbess received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his residency and fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. He began his career at Children’s Hospital Boston. Recently he was Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas from 2004 to 2016. Dr. Forbess has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has given nearly 60 invited presentations.

In addition to his surgical expertise in complex single and biventricular reconstruction in neonates, Dr. Forbess is a well-established scientist. His research interests include the development of bioresorbable (or naturally-dissolving) stents, coatings and nanoparticles for use in pediatric vascular and airway applications. He will continue this innovative work at the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute.

Lurie Children’s is ranked as one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country and its Heart Center is ranked #3 among pediatric hospitals according to the 2017 USNews & World Report.  It is the pediatric training ground for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Last year, the hospital served more than 199,000 children from 50 states and 51 countries.

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