Hello! My name is Dr. Edwin McGee and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1993. To date, I have performed approximately 1500 cardiac surgeries, of which 900 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at hospitals including Northwestern Memorial Hospital . Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is that no two patients are alike and I tailor the operation to the patient. The majority of my practice involves taking care of patients with very sick hearts. Many of them have been told by other surgeons or cardiologists that nothing else can be done for them. My patients and I have found that often this is not the case. Nobody wants to have surgery. The only reason to have surgery is to make your life better or longer. It never hurts to ask for a second opinion. Usually we can find an operation to make your heart stronger and more efficient and your life better and longer.
"I would highly recommend this doctor and Northwestern Hospital. I was treated with respect and the doctor was very honest in answering all questions. I was released 5 days after the surgery and was back to work in 6-7 weeks. "
-- Sharon Busse, heart valve surgery patient
"I don’t overstate the facts here - Dr. Edwin McGee and his supporting team of doctors and nurses at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) saved my life. I was on a business trip in Chicago in May of 2010 when I had minor chest pain. By pure chance, I was near NMH and I decided to go to the emergency room with the idea that I would move my flight home a few hours to get this “minor” issue checked out (I was in shape 41 yro at the time and I am a marathon runner and certainly did not believe I had anything serious to worry about). Only through the persistence of the emergency room staff was it discovered that I had an aorta aneurysm and the wall of my aorta was dissecting – the situation was very dire and I was as little as minutes away from death. I needed immediate surgery to repair my aorta. Needless to say, the entire situation was surreal and I was clueless about what it all meant. The diagnosis was the first key turning point to the events that day (turns out that dissection is often misdiagnosed which results in death – actor John Ritter is a famous example). The second key turning point was that Dr. McGee was on call – he walked into the room and immediately gave me a sense of calm. He explained the procedure to me in detail and explained the options I had for the aortic valve and his plan in case certain things were discovered during the surgery. The surgery was over 9 hours through the night. My aortic root and valve were repaired. The surgery was 100% successful. Dr. McGee spent a lot of time with my family after the surgery (who had travelled to Chicago when it all went down) – as you can imagine, this was quite emotional for them because it was all out of the blue. Dr. McGee came to see me many times during my recovery and was personally involved in my post-surgery imaging work. Dr. McGee is a serious person and gives you the confidence that is so important in these life threatening circumstances. He is a surgical director at NMH and has earned his reputation as first-rate heart doctor. My recovery has been perfect. I see other doctors now for follow up examination and each one has commented on how well the aorta and valve look (positioning, function, etc.). I didn’t have a choice that day to pick my doctor but I can tell you (now that one year has gone by) that fate brought me to Dr. McGee. It is my privilege and honor to recommend Dr. McGee. "
-- Michael McKeon, heart valve surgery patient
-- Maria Leibold, heart valve surgery patient
Specific to heart valve surgery, you should know that I have several specialties including:
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
Dr. Edwin McGee, heart surgeon, graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1993.