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 - Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Chicago

Carl L. Backer, MD

Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery

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Office Phone: 312-227-4240
Office Hours:
  • Monday:9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday:9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday:9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday:9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday:9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Clinical Interests

Heart Transplantation, Tracheal Surgery, Vascular Rings, Congenital Heart Disease

Education and Training

Medical Education:

Mayo Medical School 1980


Northwestern Mcgaw / Northwestern Memorial Hospital 1985

Northwestern Mcgaw / Northwestern Memorial Hospital 1987


Northwestern Mcgaw / Children's Memorial Hospital 1988

Board Certification

Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery, Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Surgery

Locations and Directions

225 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611 312-227-4240


Northwestern Memorials physicians' works are published in the various professional journals.

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Carl L. Backer, MD is the A.C. Buehler Professor of Surgery, Division Head of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery, and Surgical Director of the Cardiac Transplant Program at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.  Dr. Backer is a world-renowned pediatric cardiovascular-thoracic surgeon.  His areas of expertise include heart transplantation, repair of complex congenital and acquired heart lesions, tracheal lesions, and arrhythmia surgery.  Dr. Backer specializes in surgical treatment of congenital heart disease in infants and children and also performs complex re-do procedures in adults.  His special interests are:  heart transplantation, vascular ring surgery, tracheal reconstruction, and the Ross operation.  Dr. Backer has authored or co-authored over 130 refereed articles, 76 book chapters, and 4 textbooks.  He is the co-editor with Dr. Constantine Mavroudis of the 2nd and 3rd editions of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery.   Dr. Backer is board certified in Thoracic Surgery and Congenital Cardiac Surgery.  He sees patients at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Dr. Backer is a member of numerous international and national professional societies, including: the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, among others. He currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society. He is the Congenital Cardiac Section Editor on the Editorial Board of SESATS (Self-Education/Self-Assessment in Thoracic Surgery), Editor of the Congenital Portal on CTSNet, and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cardiac Surgery. He is a charter member of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Heart Foundation, and is currently Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Foundation.


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