Nicholas T. Kouchoukos, MD

Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St Louis, Missouri, USA

Dr. Kouchoukos is currently an attending cardiovascular surgeon at the Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a graduate of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and completed his general surgical training at the Barnes Hospital/Washington University Medical Center, also in St. Louis. He received his cardiovascular and thoracic surgical training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center under the direction of Dr. John W. Kirklin.

Dr. Kouchoukos remained on the faculty of the University of Alabama in the Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery and, in 1981, became the first John W. Kirklin Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery. In 1984, he returned to St. Louis and was appointed the first John M. Shoenberg Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery, Surgeon-in-Chief at the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine.

In 1996, Dr. Kouchoukos entered private practice with an established group of cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons at the Missouri Baptist Medical Center, a part of the BJC Health System. He remains actively involved in the practice of cardiovascular surgery with special emphasis on the surgical treatment of thoracic aortic disease and valve replacement and repair.  

In addition to a busy surgical practice, Dr. Kouchoukos has had an active leadership role in his specialty. He served as President of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons in 1999 and continues to serve on many of its committees and workforces. He serves on the Board of Directors, and is currently the Historian of the organization. He received its Distinguished Service Award in 2005. In 2003, he served as President of the Medical Staff of the Missouri Baptist Medical Center. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, serving on its Board of Directors and as Secretary in 1999, the American Heart Association, the American College of Surgeons, the Society for Vascular Surgery, and the American College of Chest Physicians. He has served on the Professional Advisory Board of the National Marfan Foundation (St. Louis Chapter), and received the Hero with a Heart Award from the National Marfan Foundation in 2009. In 2012 he received the Antoine Marfan Award from the National Marfan Foundation for his contributions to the surgical treatment of Marfan Syndrome. Dr. Kouchoukos and four colleagues have authored the Third and Fourth Editions of the textbook, Cardiac Surgery.