About Dr. S. Chris Malaisrie,
Heart Valve Surgeon
Hello! My name is Dr. S. Chris Malaisrie and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from University of Maryland Medical School in 1998. To date, I have performed approximately 1,500 cardiac surgeries, of which 1,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at Northwestern Medicine. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is that technical surgical skill is the basis of the excellent patient care that I and my cardiac team provide to each patient. We strive to provide the best overall care from preoperative consultation, perioperative care, and postoperative recovery. Our outstanding outcomes, published regularly, are a testament to our goal of excellent patient care.
50 Patient Reviews for
"Nine weeks after surgery, I've come so far. I'm already walking 2 miles and back to my daily life. God, bless my surgeon Dr. S. Chris Malaisrie and the Northwestern team!"
-- Janis Kielbasa, heart valve surgery patient
"Dr. Malaisrie and his entire team were fantastic to work with from start to finish. He clearly explained why surgery was needed and what procedure was going to be done. Communication was fast and easy throughout the whole process, both in the hospital and after I was discharged. Dr. Malaisrie and his team checked in with me routinely after surgery (which went very smoothly) and I was discharged after only 3 nights in the hospital. I couldn’t recommend them more!"
-- Kevin Hartmann, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Root Replacement, 02/26/2021
-- Mary Gatsis, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/29/2020
A trusted friend, Albert C. Lin, MD, whom is an exceptional Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiologist, recommended Dr. S. Chris Malaisrie to me. Dr. Malaisrie is commonly referred to as a “WIZARD“ by his peers.
The surgery was scheduled for 2-4 hours but ended up lasting 7 hours. When my sternum was opened, the damage was much more extensive than expected. Blood was flowing into my pericardium along with several other major issues. Blood consistently flowing into the pericardium is most often fatal.
While in the ICU, the surgical team came to visit me. One of the surgeons stated and I quote, “MR. Piper we are not certain how you are alive.“ Someone from the surgical team said, "He must be Superman!"
I am not certain about being Superman but I do know my wife & family’s prayers played an important role.
Dr. Malaisrie’s brilliance, confidence, single purpose, and exceptional manual dexterity are second-to-none. In my opinion, he is the #1 cardiac surgeon in the world!
Superman was in the operating room that day on 06/29/20. But, with all assurances... It wasn’t me!"
-- Gerry Piper, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 06/29/2020
I remember when he walked into my hospital room for the first time. He explained what was going on with my heart and explained the options. I was scared to death at first, but his confidence and knowledge was soothing. I remember he said he was going to do a minimally invasive surgery which meant they weren't cutting me open with a big entrance. Just a small 5" incision over my right breast. He asked if he could look at the site and I opened up my shirt and he immediately complimented me on my large tattoo. He said something about he would hate to ruin such a beautiful tattoo...then he paused, smiled and said, "actually, I think this will hide the scar extremely well!" I had my surgery.
During recovery, someone in the lab saw a problem with my numbers. Dr. Malaisrie and his team determined I had an allergy to Heparin which is extremely dangerous. I am sure if I were at another hospital it wouldn't have been caught and I could have died or lost limbs. I am so grateful to this awesome surgeon and his entire team at Bluhm Heart Center at Northwestern Hospital. I will be forever in this man's debt and pray The Lord bless him, his family and his team!"
-- Jamie Hiscock, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/19/2020
-- Nicolas Busch, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 02/21/2020
-- Kevin Finnegan, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, Maze Procedure, 10/23/2019
His warm, confident (but NOT arrogant) manner reassured us that all would be fine for me. He is surrounded by incredibly competent staff who are, as Dr. Malaisrie is, warm and friendly. The surgery went off without a hitch and I was able to leave the hospital after a week's recovery. At age 68, I returned to full-time employment (professional, not involved in physical labor) after about three months of recuperation. (I returned to part time work after about 2 months.)
I recommend Dr. Malaisrie with the highest endorsement. I am totally pleased with EVERY aspect of my needed heart surgery -- both pre and post operation! You owe it to yourself to consult with him if he is available."
-- Ronald Rock, Aortic Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Root Replacement, Maze Procedure, 09/10/2019
-- Liomar Mendoza, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 06/05/2019
-- Christopher Andriano, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 01/09/2019
He was the best choice I could have ever hoped for! One year later I feel re-energized and better than ever. You want this man for your heart surgery!!!"
-- Christopher Andriano, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Maze Procedure, 01/09/2019
-- Ezra Batte, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 10/23/2018
-- Patrice Zalis, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 05/05/2018
-- Michael McCambridge, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, 10/16/2017
-- Nancy Sneed, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/23/2017
-- Michael Hughes, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/15/2017
-- Madeline Moore, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, David Procedure, 12/26/2016
-- Gregory Bielawski, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 11/18/2016
-- BONNIE LOPEZ, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 10/15/2016
I would highly recommend Dr Malaisrie to anyone in need of heart surgery and also the Northwestern Medical facilaty in down town Chicago Il."
-- Glenn Vanderflute, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Robotic Surgery, Root Replacement, Maze Procedure, Bloodless Surgery, 10/14/2016
-- Marcy Hallbeck, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 05/06/2016
-- ruth hess, Aortic Valve, Transcatheter, 05/05/2016
-- Earlene Lambert, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/22/2016
He has a calm manner, is easy to talk to and I had complete confidence in him. The successful surgery was performed on Friday morning and I was sent home on Monday afternoon. The aftercare was great and the whole experience at Northwestern was terrific. I completed cardiac rehab and feel great. I want to thank Dr Malaisrie, his team, and my cardiologist Dr Robert Silverberg. I highly recommend Dr Chris Malaisrie."
-- John Pascarella, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 03/18/2016
-- Kathy Kapsimalis, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 03/07/2016
-- David Brunn, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, 03/07/2016
-- Sean McLaughlin, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 02/17/2016
-- Rosazlia Griller, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 12/16/2015
-- richard wehrenberg, Aortic Valve, Transcatheter, 10/09/2015
I'm still recovering, but this was a mini AVR incision and all going well! Doctor Malaisrie was informative, helpful and took the time to ensure we knew all of our options - and excellent surgeon."
-- Denise Freier, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Transcatheter, 10/01/2015
-- Rose Mary Stromberg, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 09/23/2015
-- Marson Hull, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/06/2015
Dr. Malaisrie clearly explained all test results, repair options and my actual surgical repair experience at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago exceeded all expectations in July 2015, I have an excellent outcome and feel better now than the past several years. I highly recommend completing the cardiac rehabilitation program.
I am very grateful to Dr. Malaisrie for his care, skills and surgical expertise. The Northwestern Memorial Hospital staff is very professional, observant and did a great job for me during post surgery recovery. I highly recommend Dr. Malaisrie as the heart surgeon of choice to provide an excellent experience and successful outcome. Thank You!"
-- William Yergler, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 07/29/2015
-- Christa Friend, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 05/20/2015
Dr. Malaisrie and his complete team were more than accommodating! Result was unbelievable, after 4 weeks I'm back to nearly 100%. By the way, this was also my second open heart surgery. Dr Malaisrie and his team are very highly recommended!!"
-- Sharon Bonner, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/23/2015
-- Joseph Davis, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/09/2015
-- Gretchen Gehr, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 01/19/2015
-- Salomon Lino, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 11/25/2014
I felt completely comfortable and safe going into surgery. I truly was ready the day of my surgery because I so trusted my surgeon, my cardiac doctor and the hospital I was at which was Northwestern. I knew I was in the best situation I could be in.
He truly is a hero to me. He came and saw me many times after surgery. His bedside manner is wonderful. Dr. Malaisrie and Northwestern were just the best. I can never say enough positive things about him. He is amazing!! "
-- Dawn Campbell, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 11/10/2014
-- gretchen vapnar, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 10/06/2014
-- Jeffery White, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 10/03/2014
-- Mark White, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 07/24/2014
-- linda joseph, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 02/06/2014
-- Larry Simon, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, 02/04/2014
Dr Susan Kim has overseen my ablation and follow up care and she is WONDERFUL too. I loved that they both looked me in the eyes and their trust and confidence was comforting - not arrogant. "
-- Annette Corbett, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 12/26/2013
-- Jim Richardson, Aortic Valve, Mini Sternotomy, 01/10/2012
-- Janis Kielbasa, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 12/28/2011
-- Jon Peabody, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 10/13/2011
-- Richard Williamson, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, Maze Procedure, 05/20/2010
-- Towanya White, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 12/04/2008
-- Fran Bernstein, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 10/30/2008
-- Jeff Petto, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, David Procedure, 04/16/2008
My Specialities &
My heart surgery specialties include:
- Transcatheter aortic valve implantation and minimally-invasive aortic valve replacement
- Valve sparing aortic root replacement and bicuspid valve repair
- Minimally-invasive mitral valve surgery (port access)
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
- Marfan Syndrome and related connective tissue disorders
- Bicuspid aortic valve disease
- Aortic aneurysms; Aortic dissections
Education, Training & Certificates
Dr. S. Chris Malaisrie, heart surgeon, graduated from University of Maryland Medical School in 1998.
After medical school, Dr. Malaisrie completed a residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in 2006 and a Fellowship in Heart and Lung Transplantation at Stanford University in 2007.
Dr. Malaisrie is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery).
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News & Online References Featuring Dr. S. Chris Malaisrie
Here is the latest news featuring Dr. S. Chris Malaisrie:
- Patient Success Story: Paul Has Transcatheter Mitral Valve-in-Valve Replacement
- Technology Update: How Does 4D-MRI Help Dr. Malaisrie Time Heart Valve & Aneurysm Surgery?
- Thanks to the MitraClip, Charlotte is Walking Again
- Free Patient eBook: Advances in Transcatheter Heart Valve Therapy
- Surgeon Spotlight: Dr. S. Chris Malaisrie
- Breakthrough Innovation: The HAART Annuloplasty Ring Gets FDA Clearance
- Patient Success Story: Tom Gets Valve Sparing Aortic Root Replacement
- TAVR vs. SAVR: What Did Jim, Aortic Stenosis Patient, Get?
- Surgeon Q&A: Is Heart Surgery Safe During COVID-19?
- Free Patient eBook: Advances in Bicuspid Aortic Valve Therapy
- Transcatheter "Valve-in-Valve" Re-Operations: What Should Patients Know?
- Expert Surgeon Profile: S. Chris Malaisrie, MD, at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, Illinois
- Patient Webinar: What Should Patients Know About SAVR & TAVR?
Page last updated: September 23, 2021