Joanna Chikwe, MD

The Irina and George Schaeffer Distinguished Chair in Cardiac Surgery

Chair, Cardiac Surgery

Joanna Chikwe, MD

Smidt Heart Institute
127 S San Vicente Blvd #A3600
Los AngelesCA





Joanna Chikwe, MD

The Irina and George Schaeffer Distinguished Chair in Cardiac Surgery

Chair, Cardiac Surgery

  • Surgery-Cardio-Thoracic

Aortic Valve Surgery / Surgeries

Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery / Surgeries (CABG)

Heart Transplants

Heart Valve Surgery / Surgeries

Mitral Valve Surgery / Surgeries

Robotic Cardiac Surgery / Surgeries

Joanna Chikwe, MD, FRCS, is a recognized leader in the field of mitral valve repair and coronary revascularization, with expertise in minimally invasive cardiac surgery. Dr. Chikwe serves as Chair of the Department of Cardiac Surgery in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai. She has published over 125 contributions in peer-reviewed medical journals including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association; serves on editorial boards of leading specialty journals including the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery; and is a deputy editor of Annals of Thoracic Surgery. Her research interests focus on comparative outcomes research in cardiology and cardiac surgery. Dr. Chikwe has edited and authored three textbooks, including Cardiothoracic Surgery. A native of England, she completed her medical degree at the University of Oxford, followed by cardiothoracic surgery residency at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals in London.

  • Medical School: Oxford University School of Medicine, 1997
  • Residency: General Surgery, Cambridge University Hospitals, 2000
  • Residency: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals, London, 2006
  • Fellowship: Cardiac Surgery, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, 2008
  • Bergquist Reed Memorial Lectureship, Providence Portland Medical Center, Oregon, 2019
  • Nina Braunward Visiting Professor, Harvard Medical School, 2018
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Visiting Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 2017
  • Hedwig van Ameringen Fellow, Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine, 2016
  • Research Supervisor, Dr. Harold Lamport Biomedical Research Prize, 2015
  • Chikwe J, Sun E, Hannan EL, Itagaki S, Lee T, Adams DH, Egorova NN. Impact of a second arterial conduit in multivessel coronary bypass grafting: long-term clinical and angiographic outcomes. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2019.
  • Samadashvili Z, Sundt TM 3rd, Wechsler A, Chikwe J, Adams DH, Smith CR, Jordan D, Girardi L, Lahey SJ, Gold JP, Ashraf MH, Hannan EL. Multiple Versus Single Arterial Coronary Bypass Graft Surgery for Multivessel Disease. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2019 Sep 10;74(10):1275-1285.
  • Hannan EL, Samadashvili Z, Smith CR, Lahey SJ, Gold JP, Jordan D, Sundt TM 3rd, Girardi L, Ashraf MH, Chikwe J. Mitral valve repair versus replacement for patients with preserved left ventricular function without heart failure symptoms. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2019 Apr;157(4):1432-1439.e2.


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