David S. Winlaw, MBBS, MD, FRACS

Division Head, Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery; Co-Executive Director, Heart Center; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation; Willis J. Potts, MD Founders’ Board Professorship in Surgery

Professor of Surgery (Pediatric Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery), Willis J. Potts Chair, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine



Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

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Dr. Winlaw is a cardiothoracic surgical innovator as well as an experienced and talented neonatal surgeon. His professional track record demonstrates that he is an exceptional clinician and surgeon, as well as a dedicated educator, mentor and thought leader in the field with an extensive publication record.

Supportive, family-centered care is the cornerstone of Dr. Winlaw’s clinical approach. He is committed to clear and frequent communication with parents/guardians and patients. Dr. Winlaw’s focus as a leader is on ensuring an excellent culture of care, including seamless multidisciplinary team work, unparalleled clinical care and innovation.

Dr. Winlaw joins Lurie Children’s from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati where he was the Associate Director in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Heart Institute and a Professor of Surgery. Prior to his Cincinnati appointment, Dr. Winlaw served as the Head of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Program at Children’s Hospital of Westmead in Sydney, Australia, from 2008-2020, where he introduced surgery for hypoplastic left heart syndrome and new approaches to several other complex neonatal heart conditions.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric cardiac surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, fetal heart conditions

Education & Training

Education: University of New South Wales Faculty of Medicine, Sydney, Australia, 1990

Postgraduate Training: Fellowship in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, Birmingham Children's Hospital, United Kingdom, 2002; Fellowship in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, Australia, 2000-2001; Fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery, St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 1996-2000; MD (Surgery) by Thesis, University of New South Wales, Faculty of Medicine, Sydney, Australia, 1994-1996; Residency, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 1990-1992; Principal House Officer (Surgery) Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, QLD, 1993.

Board Certifications: Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery (Australia)

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