About Dr. Christopher Burke,
Heart Valve Surgeon
Hello! My name is Dr. Christopher Burke and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from University of Michigan in 2011. To date, I have performed approximately 1,500 cardiac surgeries, of which 1,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at UW Medicine Heart Institute. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is an innovative approach towards the treatment of aortic valvular disease.
I am a strong proponent of valve-sparing approaches and valve repair for certain aortic conditions. I also started an adult Ross Procedure program at UW Medicine for the treatment of young and middle-aged adults with aortic valvular pathologies not amenable to valve repair. This program has quickly become one of the highest volume Ross Procedure programs in the Western United States.
10 Patient Reviews for
"Dr. Christopher Burke is extraordinary.
I'm a 25-year male who's played sports my whole life, but was born with a bicuspid aortic valve. I had no idea about that problem until symptoms of aortic insufficiency (AI) blew up suddenly over the holidays. By the time I discovered the issue my LV and aortic root were substantially damaged.
Like most young people who find themselves in this situation, I was told by several cardiologists that a mechanical valve replacement was the only practical strategy to address the AI and prevent further damage to my heart. The first cardiac surgeon that I visited, the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at a prestigious local hospital, told me unequivocally "I have looked at your valve, and it cannot be repaired." As much as I was grateful that a mechanical valve offered a promising path forward, I was concerned about the lifetime of warfarin that would be required with that strategy, so I looked for other options and found Dr. Christopher Burke at the University of Washington Heart Institute.
We discussed prospects of a Ross procedure or a David V (valve sparing root replacement), and both of those options seemed like potential strategies to avoid a lifetime of warfarin. Dr. Burke was patient, he was clear, he was professional, and a couple months later he had completed a David V that shows all signs of being incredibly successful (in the literal sense of the world "incredibly"). He replaced my aneurysmal aortic root, saved my native aortic valve, and repaired it so that it shows no sign of regurgitation in each of my post-surgical echocardiograms. Surprisingly, my left ventricle is already showing modest signs of shifting back to normal, and my EF is improving too.
So far, this outcome is much more positive than I would have hoped for. Only time can tell how my new setup will perform over decades, but all signs point to an extremely promising outcome for a surgical strategy that some judged impossible, and few would have tried.
In the process of getting to this point I had a chance to meet with many healthcare providers in the Seattle cardiology ecosystem who seem to revere Dr. Burke. Their comments and my experience have led me to understand that the Pacific Northwest is blessed to have an unusually talented, professional, skilled artisan in Dr. Burke — along with his entire team of UW cardiologists, electrophysiologists, PAs, NPs, and so many extraordinary nurses. You guys were smart, kind, patient, and as helpful as could be at every step.
The path to this point involved a ton of uncertainty and learning, so I also have to thank Adam Pick for assembling this incredible clearinghouse of information (HeartValveSurgery.com) — and all the people who have been so generous with their time and advice throughout this site and in offline conversations.
My valve replacement adventure has surely been intense, but this community is incredible, and I'm grateful to all of you who have helped to make it positive. Thank you."
-- Quinnlan Rain, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, David Procedure, 03/28/2023
"Dr. Burke did a wonderful job! He explained everything to help us understand and feel comfortable."
-- Dylan Byers, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Valve Replacement, Ross Procedure, 01/26/2023
-- Lindsay Huck, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Ross Procedure, 01/19/2023
-- Robert Redding , Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/17/2023
Prior to the surgery I had already 2 open-heart surgeries within the last 6 month. But, my endocarditis kept coming back and destroying my heart. No other surgeons would give me a third chance. I was sent home to die in pain and suffering.
Dr. Burke made a hard decision, took a risk and won! I am alive because my surgeon is a real professional and a great human being. He will be in my prayers for the rest of my life that he gave me. Thank you my dear doctor!"
-- Garry Aganesyants, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/02/2022
-- Rick Osterhout, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/27/2022
The pre-surgery interview went super well – he is so knowledgeable about all aspects of heart valve surgery and answered all of my questions. The surgical procedure and recovery in the ICU went smoothly and I appreciated Dr. Burke’s attentiveness in conveying surgery outcomes to my family and checking in with me in recovery. His bedside manners are excellent. Dr. Burke and his team are very responsive to messaging via My Chart.
I’m now four months past my surgery and back to trail running 25 miles/week. I’m so very grateful to Dr. Burke and the whole medical team at the UW Heart Institute."
-- Dan Salzer, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Valve Replacement, Ross Procedure, 07/19/2022
-- Andy Dial, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, Ross Procedure, 06/15/2022
Dr. Burke understands the responsibility he has with you putting your life in his hands, and he did a good job explaining my options so I was comfortable doing so. I also talked to people I know that are surgeons and know Dr Burke and they told me he's one of the finest surgeons they have been around, and if they had family that needed heart surgery, they would send them to Dr. Burke.
That is about as good of a recommendation as I could imagine. I feel the same way after surgery. It could not have gone better for me and I recommend that anyone needing aortic valve surgery, talk to Dr. Burke. "
-- Adam Baumgartner , Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, David Procedure, 02/03/2022
-- Steven Barry, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 04/28/2020
My Specialities &
My heart surgery specialties include:
- Aortic valve replacement and repair
- Ross Procedure
- Aortic aneurysm therapy
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
- Aortic valve reparative techniques
- Advanced aortic endovascular interventions
- Extracorporeal life support (ECLS)
Education, Training & Certificates
Dr. Christopher Burke, heart surgeon, graduated from University of Michigan in 2011.
After medical school, Dr. Burke completed his Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency and a Fellowship in the Department of Extracorporeal Life Support at UW Medicine.
At the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Burke completed a Fellowship in Advanced Aortic Surgery. Today, Dr. Burke is the Co-Director of the Multidisciplinary Thoracic Aortic Program at UW Medicine Heart Institute.
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The office of Dr. Burke is located at Main Hospital, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, WA 98195. To get driving directions to this office, please click the map below.
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Page last updated: July 28, 2023