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Thoralf (Thor) M. Sundt, MD

  • Chief, Division of Cardiac Surgery
  • Director, Corrigan Minehan Heart Center

617-643-9745

Accepting New Patients

Overview

As chief of Cardiac Surgery, Dr. Sundt performs the full range of adult cardiac surgical procedures. He is also dedicated to assuring the highest quality care by the entire cardiac surgical team in a patient-centered, efficient, and safe manner.

Departments

Cardiac Surgery

Surgery

Centers & Specialties

Heart Center

Transplant Center

Clinical Interests
  • Mitral Valve repair
  • Aortic surgery
  • Thoracic and thoracoabdominal aorta
  • Arterial coronary bypass grafting
  • Pulmonary thromboendarterectomy
  • Pericardiectomy
  • Cardiac (heart) surgery
Medical Education
  • MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital|Residency, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Fellowship, Harefield Hospital|Fellowship, National Cancer Institute
Board Certifications
  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery - General
Locations
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
Patient Age Group
Adult
Gender
Male

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Biography

Thor Sundt, MD, is the Churchill Professor of Surgery, chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery and director of the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center.

Dr. Sundt's clinical focus has been on surgery for the correction of acquired cardiovascular conditions in adults. He is an internationally recognized thought-leader on thoracic aortic aneurysms and other aortic diseases, having written and lectured extensively on the subject. He is also widely recognized as an expert in reparative procedures for vascular heart conditions, including mitral regurgitation and aortic valve regurgitation. He has also contributed to the literature on the optimal use of arterial conduits to improve the long term durability of coronary bypass procedures.

His research interests have ranged from organ transplantation to the genetics and genomics of bicuspid aortic valve disease. He has received funding by the National Institutes of Health, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery and The Mayo Foundation for this work. Most recently, he 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 is actively collaborating with members of the Mass General Physician Organization in the development of tools to enhance patient centered and shared decision making.

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 a member of numerous medical and surgical societies and is the Vice President of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the most prestigious academic cardiothoracic surgical organization in the world.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

The focus of my research has been on the genetics and clinical aspects of aneurysmal disease associated with bicuspid aortic valve.  In addition my research team has explored fundamental aspects of medical error with a particular emphasis on Human Factors and communication.

Publications

View my most recent publications at PubMed

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News & Events

  • Encouraging dialogue

    "See something, say something" was one of the many takeaways from an address by Thor Sundt, MD, chief of Cardiac Surgery, during Patient Safety Awareness Week at the MGH from March 13-19.

  • Heart walk for fitness and friend

    Almost 200 MGH staffers, patients and family members joined over 10,000 walkers on the Charles River Esplanade on Sept. 12 to participate in the 2015 AHA Boston Heart Walk.

  • Celebrating survival

    12 cardiac patients with MGH Cardiac Surgery clinicians from the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation program came together for a reunion at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation.

  • Massachusetts General Hospital offers specialized operation to remove chronic blood clots from pulmonary arteries

    Massachusetts General Hospital offers pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE), a highly specialized operation to remove chronic blood clots in the lungs. Without surgery, patients who have this life-threatening disease will likely develop progressive shortness of breath so severe that it leads to heart failure.

  • Collaboration at the heart of patient care

    The collaborative care at Massachusetts General Hospital saved Julie Meyerholz when she suffered an ascending aortic dissection in the middle of a storm.

  • Novel Therapeutic Strategies for Systemic Cardiovascular Disease

    Experts from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care present a dynamic symposium on systemic cardiovascular disease.

  • Collaborative caring

    To introduce the Institute of Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care to the MGH community, "Health Information Day" will be held Sept. 12 from 7 am to 8 pm under the Bulfinch Tents.

  • Integrated Model Speeds Understanding of Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke

    The Mass General Institute for Heart, Vascular, and Stroke Care integrates services to accelerate advances in stroke-related atrial fibrillation research and patient care.

  • New chief of Cardiac Surgery ready for impact

    The Division of Cardiac Surgery at Mass General welcomes new chief. Thoralf M. Sundt III, MD, bridges legacy of surgical practice and passion for new ideas to improve upon the patient experience.

  • Chief of Cardiac Surgery named

    MGH Hotline 02.04.11 THORALF M. SUNDT III, MD, has been named chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery.

Multimedia

  • Dolly's Story: Getting Back on Her Feet

    Dolly Lakkis—a business owner, optician and competitive dancer—didn’t have time to be sick. When mitral valve disease started to affect the quality of her life, she turned to a team of specialists at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dolly’s doctors were able to repair her damaged heart valve with minimally invasive surgery that got her back on her feet—and back on the dance floor—as quickly as possible.

  • Mass General Chief of Cardiac Surgery Discusses Choice Among Valve Prostheses

    Thor Sundt, MD, chief of cardiac surgery and director of the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, talks about heart valve options for patients undergoing heart valve surgery.

Contact

Cardiac Surgery
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone 1: 617-643-9745
Phone 2: 617-724-0800
Fax: 617-726-5804

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