About Dr. Edwin McGee,
Heart Valve Surgeon
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 3,000 cardiac surgeries, of which 2,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at hospitals including Loyola University Medical Center and Hines VA Medical Center. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is that I am a committed surgeon with a proven track record of technical and clinical excellence. My practice focuses on complex valve reconstruction, especially in those patients who have diminished heart function. I treat my patients with care an empathy.
The operations I perform are thought-out, and matched to the patient in front of me. I meet with my patients and their families before surgery and guide them through the perioperative period. I manage their care postoperatively and see my patients frequently.
I have only practiced in academic quaternary referral centers, and believe in a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. Many of my patients have been turned down for surgery elsewhere and come to me for a second opinion. I am happy to talk to anyone. Typically we can find a solution to the patient's problem, no matter how complex.
3 Patient Reviews for
"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, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 11/06/2012
"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, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 05/02/2010
-- Maria Leibold, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 07/23/2005
My Specialities &
My heart surgery specialties include:
- Mitral valve repair
- Tricuspid valve repair
- Aortic valve preservation repair
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
- Less invasive approaches for Heart Assist Devices
Education, Training & Certificates
Dr. Edwin McGee, heart surgeon, graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1993.
After medical school, Dr. McGee completed a General Surgery Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School) in 2000. Then, Dr. McGee comleted a Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency, again at Massachusetts General Hospital, in 2002. Dr.McGee also completed a Heart Transplantation and Complex Valve Surgery Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 2004.
Dr. McGee is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.
Dr. McGee was named a Top Doctor: Top Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2020 and was included in Craine's Chicago Business: 40 Under 40 in 2006.
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The office of Dr. McGee is located at 2160 South First Avenue, EMS Bldg 110, Rm 6252, Maywood, IL 60153. To get driving directions to this office, please click the map below.
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Page last updated: July 21, 2021