Christopher Salerno

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Christopher T. Salerno, MD

Professor of Surgery Director, Adult Cardiac Surgery
Surgical Director, Heart Transplant and Mechanical Assist Device Program

Christopher Salerno, MD, is a global leader in cardiac surgery and an expert in performing complex surgeries for patients suffering from a wide range of heart conditions. Dr. Salerno’s practice primarily focuses on treating heart failure, mechanical circulatory support (ventricular assist devices) and heart transplantation.

Along with his devotion to his clinical practice, Dr. Salerno is also an avid researcher who investigates treatment and techniques to improve overall care for his patients. He has evaluated long-term outcomes of heart patients to assess which treatments deliver the best results, improve protocols and patient care. Dr. Salerno has also conducted intense research centered on caring for patients with heart conditions during COVID. His research has been published in a number of highly respected, peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of American College of Cardiology, Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, American Journal of Transplantation, Annals of Thoracic Surgery and Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Areas of Expertise

Board Certifications

  • Thoracic Surgery

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • Western Thoracic Surgical Association
  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery
  • American College of Cardiology
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • 21st Century Cardiothoracic Surgical Society
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation

Practicing Since

  • 1992

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • Rush University


  • M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center - East Bank


  • M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center - East Bank; Stanford University Hospital


  • University of Minnesota Health

News & Research

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