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Shumway, Sara J, MD

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  • Heart Transplant
  • Lung Transplant
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Transplants


Care Philosophy:

My primary area of concentration lies in cardiac-related transplant and transplant rejection.

Clinical Interests:

  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Mitral valve repair and replacement
  • Aortic valve replacement;
  • Redo coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Minimally invasive approaches to the above procedures
  • Repair of aortic aneurysms and dissections
  • Thymectomy for myasthenia gravis
  • Heart transplantation
  • Lung transplantation

Board Certification:

Surgery; Thoracic Surgery

Medical School:

Vanderbilt University


Vanderbilt Affiliated Hospitals (Surgery)


Johns Hopkins Hospital (Cardiothoracic Surgery)

Leadership Roles:


  • Surgical Director, Heart Transplantation (1989-2002, 2004-2005)
  • Surgical Director, Lung Transplantation
  • Vice Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Alpha Omega Alpha



  • Best Doctors in America® (1996-1997, 2011-2012)
  • UMHS Circle of Caring Award (1996)
  • IBC's Century Award for Achievement (2006)
  • IBC's Leading Scientist of the World (2006)
  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine "Top Doctor" (2012-2015)