Thoralf M. Sundt, MD (Cardiothoracic Surgery)

Division of Cardiac Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA

Dr. Thor Sundt, MD, is the chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Edward D. Churchill Professor of Surgery at the Harvard Medical School.  He is a graduate of Princeton University and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  He trained in general surgery at MGH and Cardiothoracic Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis before spending a year in London with Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub first as a Senior Registrar and then as a Consultant in his first staff position.  He returned to Washington University until 2001 when he joined the Mayo Clinic.  In 2011 he relocated to Boston and the MGH. 

Dr. Sundt’s clinical focus has been on surgery for acquired cardiovascular conditions in adults with a particular focus on thoracic aortic aneurysms and other aortic diseases including bicuspid aortopathy.  

His research interests have ranged from organ transplantation to the genetics and genomics of bicuspid aortic valve disease.  Most recently he has collaborated with investigators in the disciplines of human factors and systems engineering to improve the safety and efficiency of healthcare delivery.   On a national level he was the first chair of the Workforce on Patient Safety for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. 

He has served in numerous executive roles, including surgical director for cardiac transplantation at Washington University in St. Louis, surgical director of the Thoracic Aortic and Marfan Clinic at the Mayo Clinic, and vice-chair of the Department of Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Dr. Sundt is the President-elect of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.