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 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

John Bozinovski, MD

Jovan Bozinovski, MD

  • Associate Director, Aortic Center
    Professor, Surgery
Haichang Li, PhD

Haichang Li, PhD

  • Research Assistant Professor
Bryan Whitson

Bryan Whitson, MD, PhD

  • Co-Director, COPPER Laboratory;
    Director, Thoracic Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support;
    Professor, Division of Cardiac Surgery
Emeritus Faculty

Emeritus Faculty

Current Cardiothoracic Surgery Residents

Current Cardiothoracic Surgery Residents

Administrative Staff

Justin Feezell
Administrator, Divisions of Cardiac, Thoracic, and Vascular Surgery 

Kaitlen Knight 
Residency Program Coordinator 

Michelle (Shelley) Keith
Dr. Lee: 614-293-4558
Structural Heart Disease Program/TAVR scheduling: 614-293-8825
Melinda (Mindy) Cain
Dr. Whitson: 614-685-5695
Dr. Ganapathi: 614-293-8878
Jonda Thomas
Dr. Mokadam: 614-293-8866
Dr. Bozinovski: 614-685-0466
Dr. Vallely: 614-293-9327
Karim Berdiev
Business Manager
Myria Jacobs
Administrative Manager