Meet Ohio State's team of cardiac surgery experts

The Division of Cardiac Surgery comprises a comprehensive team of surgeons and staff, all focused on delivering high-quality patient care, contributing to innovations in medicine and educating medical students and postgraduate trainees.

Our Leaders

Our leaders


Nahush Mokadam

Director, Division of Cardiac Surgery

Nahush Mokadam, MD, is the director of the Division of Cardiac Surgery. He holds the Gerard S. Kakos, MD, and Thomas E. Williams Jr., MD, PhD, Professorship. Dr. Mokadam is an international leader in heart failure who specializes in heart transplants and ventricular assist devices.

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Bryan Whitson, MD, PhD

Dr. Whitson is Director, Thoracic Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support for the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He is also Co-Director of the COPPER Laboratory. Dr. Whitson is a cardiothoracic surgeon and associate professor of surgery. 


Mark Galantowicz, MD

Chief, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Nationwide Children's Hospital

Professor of Surgery
Murray D. Lincoln Endowed Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery

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Our Faculty

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Haichang Li, PhD

  • Research Assistant Professor
Bryan Whitson

Bryan Whitson, MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Surgery Co-Director, COPPER Lab Director, Thoracic Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support

Thomas Williams Jr., MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor-Practice
Emeritus Faculty

Emeritus Faculty

Current Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellows

Current Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellows

Administrative Staff

Mary Treon
Administrator, Division of Cardiac Surgery    

Corey Ferguson
Residency Coordinator

Shelley Keith
Dr. Whitson: 614-685-5695
Dr. Lee: 614-293-4558

Jonda Thomas
Dr. Rushing: 614-293-9327
Dr. Shukrallah: 614-293-9669       

Kay Yee

Structured Heart Disease Program/TAVR scheduling