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Cardiology (Heart Care), Transplant | More

Professor of Medicine Co-Director, Heart and Vascular Center
Director, Advanced Heart Failure, Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support
Director, Richard P. Parrillo Family Center for Clinical and Translational Cardiology

UChicago Faculty Physicians hold faculty positions with the University of Chicago and provide care for patients on the academic health system’s main campus in Hyde Park and in care centers throughout the Chicago region.


Sean Pinney, MD, is a leader in heart failure and cardiac transplantation. Dr. Pinney is committed to providing comprehensive, compassionate care to patients suffering from advanced heart disease. He offers treatments ranging from medication to heart transplants and mechanical circulatory support, such as ventricular assist devices (VADs), to deliver long-term solutions for his patients.

Dr. Pinney also specializes in valvular and structural heart disease. He has a keen understanding of congestive heart failure (CHF) and the condition(s) associated with CHF, giving him the experience and skill needed for successful care of patients. He is frequently asked to offer second opinions for the most challenging cases.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Pinney is actively researching new medications and miniature devices to improve care for heart failure patients. Dr. Pinney has published more than 140 original, peer-reviewed articles in highly respected, scientific journals, including the American Journal of Transplantation, Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Journal of Cardiac Failure, Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation and more.

Dr. Pinney is not only dedicated to his patients, but he is also invested in the next generation of cardiologists. Dr. Pinney mentors medical students, residents and fellows, acting as an invaluable resource as they move through their medical careers.

Medical Education

  • Georgetown University School of Medicine


  • Deaconess Hospital


  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


  • Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Heart Association
  • American Society of Transplantation
  • Heart Failure Society of America
  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • American College of Cardiology
  • Aetna HMO (specialists only)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)
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At a Glance

Practicing Since1994

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Advanced Heart Failure
  • Transplant Cardiology

Languages Spoken

  • English