Danny Chu, MD, FACS

University of Pittsburgh Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery/UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Dr. Chu is a graduate of Tuft’s University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts (MD).  He completed his general surgery residency and a postgraduate research fellowship at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center, followed by a thoracic surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  

Dr. Chu served Assistant Professor of Surgery (tenure-track) at Baylor College of Medicine from 2006 to 2012.  He was appointed Associate Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2009, while maintaining attending staff surgeon privileges at several hospitals in the Houston area.

Dr. Chu was recruited to join the University of Pittsburgh in 2012.  He is currently an Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the tenure stream.  Dr. Chu currently serves as Director of Cardiac Surgery at the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System, as well as maintaining attending staff cardiac surgeon privileges at UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC Passavant.

Dr. Chu is a member of prominent editorial boards for the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Surgery as well as the American Journal of Cardiology, amongst numerous others.  He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.  His budding academic career includes a total of 55 peer-reviewed manuscript publications, along with several invited book chapters and abstracts.   Additionally, Dr. Chu has been dedicated to teaching activities and mentoring of residents at all of the institutions he has been involved with.

Dr. Chu’s research interests include outcomes research, health services research, telemedicine and information technology, gene therapy for cardiovascular diseases, etiology and prevention of postoperative atrial fibrillation, biology of saphenous vein graft patency, and perioperative stroke prevention in cardiac surgery.