Cardiac Surgery Lab

Cardiac surgery research at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center offers patients the most promising therapies based on the latest scientific evidence.


Cardiac surgery research contributes to the care of patients worldwide through the publication of research results in major, peer-reviewed scientific journals and the dissemination of information through teaching activities.


Over the years, our cardiac surgery research team has made many significant advances in the practice of cardiac surgery. These include:

  • The first removal of a tumor within the heart in the U.S. under total body hypothermia (1955)
  • The first use of extra-corporeal circulation to repair a heart defect in an infant (1956)
  • The development of the intra-aortic balloon assist device in conjunction with AVCO
  • The development of a test to help assess heart attacks and the appropriateness of surgery (1986)
  • The first heart-liver transplant operation in New England (1993)

Areas of Research

  • Beating heart surgery
  • Outcomes
  • Robotics
  • Thoracic aortic diseases
  • Tissue engineering
  • Transplantation biology
  • Valve research


Contact Us

Corrigan Minehan Heart Center

55 Fruit Street Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: 866-644-8910

If you are a new patient, you may call the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center outpatient access office at 866-644-8910, or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment. A member of our access team will ask you more about your condition and symptoms, and match you with the best-fitting Corrigan Minehan Heart Center physician.

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