Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeons

At Lurie Children’s, patients needing surgery are in the most qualified hands with the Heart Center's renow​ned cardiovascular-thoracic surgery team. 

The surgical team collaborates closely with pediatric cardiologists in all our programs. Advanced care for infants, children and teens includes specialization in procedures such as:

  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Fontan conversion and arrhythmia surgery for complex single-ventricle patients
  • Reoperations for adolescents and adults with congenital heart disease
  • Arrhythmia surgery in combination with surgery for a congenital heart defect
  • Congenital complete tracheal rings/stenosis  and associated pulmonary artery sling malformation
  • Coronary artery anomalies, including anomalies of coronary origin, and acquired diseases such as Kawasaki disease

Our cardiovascular-thoracic surgeons are faculty in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Select the names of our cardiovascular-thoracic surgery specialists to learn more about their special interest areas and locations. Please note, not all of our specialists are available at every location.

Joseph M. Forbess, MD, MBA

Division Head, Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery; Surgical Director, Single Ventricle Reconstruction Program; Willis J. Potts, MD Professorship in Surgery; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location

Carl L. Backer, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery; Chief Medical Philanthropy Officer; A.C. Buehler Professor of Surgery; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location

Osama M. Eltayeb, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiovascular-thoracic Surgery; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location

Michael C. Mongé, MD

Surgical Director, Heart Failure/Heart Transplant Program; Attending Physician, Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location

Elizabeth S. Cappella, APRN-NP

Advanced Practice Provider, Outpatient Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location

Laura Doyle, APRN-NP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location

Grace Golan, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider, Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location

Emily Hanson, APRN-NP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location

Alexa Harris, PA-C

Advanced Practice Provider, Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location

Lindsay M. Jackson, APRN-NP

Lead Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location

Ariel Warren, APRN-NP

Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location

Maria Broadstreet, APRN-NP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location