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Joanna Chikwe

  • PROFESSOR Cardiovascular Surgery
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  • MD, Oxford University

  • Internship, Surgery & Medicine
    Oxford University

  • Residency, Cardio-Thoracic Surg
    Royal Brompton Hospital

  • Fellowship, Research
    University of Cambridge

  • Fellowship, Cardio-Thoracic Surg
    Mount Sinai Hospital


    Joanna Chikwe, MD is the inaugural Chairman of the newly established Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mount Sinai St. Luke's.

    Dr. Chikwe first joined The Mount Sinai Hospital in 2006 as Mount Sinai's first female cardiac surgeon. She is Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and serves as Program Director of the Thoracic Surgery Residents and Advanced Fellowship Programs for the Mount Sinai Health System.

    She specializes in using minimally invasive cardiac surgery techniques to reduce post-operative discomfort, speed recovery and improve cosmetic appearance of incisions after surgery.

    Dr. Chikwe is one of a handful of US surgeons with advanced training in both reconstructive valve surgery and minimally invasive cardiac surgery techniques such as off-pump, video and robotic-assisted surgery. She works closely with a dedicated plastic surgery and anesthesiology team with a specialist interest in minimally invasive cardiac surgery. Dr. Chikwe employs valve repair to preserve natural valve tissue wherever possible, as well as off-pump surgery to avoid cardiopulmonary bypass for selected coronary bypass procedures.

    Dr. Chikwe received her medical degree from Oxford University. She completed her general surgery residency at Oxford and Cambridge, followed by research into cardiac transplantation for which she received a Masters degree from Cambridge University.

    Dr. Joanna Chikwe completed her residency in cardiothoracic surgery on the Royal Brompton Hospital rotation where she gained expertise in minimally invasive surgery, including two years specializing in off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting and video assisted and robotic cardiac surgery. She successfully completed a two year advanced fellowship under Dr David Adams focusing on mitral valve repair and aortic reconstruction at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

    Joanna has published widely in the field of cardiac surgery. She is the author of three key surgical textbooks, including Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Oxford Specialist series; and she has published several book chapters and articles on minimally invasive surgery. Joanna is also active in clinical research, authoring over fifty scientific articles and abstracts published in peer-reviewed journals or presented at international scientific meetings. Her international awards include a Fulbright Award and she is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons.


  • 2010 -
    Solomon Silver Award for Clinical Medicine

  • 2010 -
    Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education Award

  • 2006 -
    HCA International Foundation Travelling Fellowship

  • 2006 -
    Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain Cardiac Scholarship

  • 2001 -
    Berkley Fellowship (University College London and Cambridge University)

  • 2001 -
    Fulbright Scholarship

  • 2000 -
    Royal College of Surgeons of England Enid Linder Research Fellowship

  • 1997 -
    The Vandervell Award
    Oxford University

  • 1997 -
    St Peter's Society Award
    Oxford University

  • 1994 -
    Wellcome Research Studentship

  • 1994 -
    University College London Dissertation Prize. Proxime accessit


Outcomes in clinical cardiac surgeryIndications for mitral and tricuspid valve repair in degenerative disease Molecular determinants of coronary microvascular dysfunction after PCI and CABG


Chikwe J, Beddow E, Glenville B. Lead Author. In: Handbook of Cardiothoracic Surgery. 2006, Oxford University Press;.

Borley N, Chikwe J, McLatchie G. The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Surgery, 3rd Edition. 2007, Oxford University Press;.

Chikwe J, Athanasiou T. Cardiothoracic Surgery. In: Hakim N, Papalois V, editors. Complications in Surgery. Imperial College Press;.

O'Connor I, Chikwe J. Cardiothoracic Surgery. In: The Oxford Handbook of Surgical Cross-Cover. 2008, Oxford University Press;.

Adams DH, Anyanwu AC, Chikwe J, Filsoufi F. The Year in Cardiovascular Surgery. J Am Coll Cardiol 2009 June; 53(25): 2389-2403.

Anyanwu A, Chikwe J, Adams DH. Surgical management of tricuspid valve disease. Current Cardiology Reviews 2008; 2: 110-117.

Chikwe J, Donaldson J, Wood AJ. Minimally invasive cardiac surgery. British Journal of Cardiology 2006; 13(2): 123-128.

Chikwe J, Walther A, Pepper JR. The surgical management of aortic valve disease. British Journal of Cardiology 2003; 10(6): 453-459.

Chikwe J, Pepper JR. The surgical management of mitral valve disease. British Journal of Cardiology 2004; 11(7): 42-49.

Panesar SS, Chikwe J, Mirza SB, Rahman MS, Warren O, Rao C, Negus J, Zacharakis E, Darzi A, Athanasiou T. Off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery may reduce the incidence of stroke in patients with significant left main stem disease. Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2008 Aug; 56(5): 247-255.

Rao C, Stanbridge R, Chikwe J, Pepper J, Skapinopolos P, Aziz O, Darzi A, Athanasiou T. Does previous coronary stenting compromise the efficiency of subsequent coronary artery bypass surgery? A microsimulation study. Ann Thorac Surg 2008; 85: 501-507.

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Dr. Chikwe did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2015 and/or 2016: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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