Department of Cardiac Surgery | Meet Our Team

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Our cardiac surgery team is made up of six surgeons who are dedicated exclusively to patients with congenital heart disease and other rare heart conditions. Each specializes in a specific area of heart surgery, including valve repair, heart transplantation and surgery for adult congenital heart disease.

Pedro del Nido, MD

Pedro J. del Nido, MD

Chief of Cardiac Surgery

Department: Cardiac Surgery

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Christopher W. Baird, MD

Christopher W. Baird, MD

Assistant in Cardiac Surgery; Director, Congenital Heart Valve Program

Department: Cardiac Surgery

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Sitaram Emani, MD

Sitaram Emani, MD

Associate in Cardiac Surgery; Surgical Director, Adult Congenital Heart Program; Director, Complex Biventricular Repair Program; Surgical Director, Division of Cardiovascular Critical Care

Department: Cardiac Surgery

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Francis Fynn-Thompson

Francis Fynn-Thompson, MD

Surgical Director, Ventricular Assist Device Program; Surgical Director, Lung Transplant Program; Surgical Director, Heart Transplant Program; Associate in Cardiac Surgery

Department: Cardiac Surgery

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John Mayer

John Mayer Jr., MD

Senior Associate in Cardiac Surgery

Department: Cardiac Surgery

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Meena Nathan, MD, FRCS

Meena Nathan, MD, FRCS

Assistant in Cardiac Surgery

Department: Cardiac Surgery

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AK Kaza MD

Aditya (A.K.) Kaza, MD

Associate in Cardiac Surgery; Director, Neonatal Cardiac Surgery Program

Department: Cardiac Surgery

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Luis Guillermo Quinonez MD BSc

Luis Guillermo Quinonez, MD, FRCS(C)

Assistant in Cardiac Surgery

Department: Cardiac Surgery

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Gregory Matte, CCP, LP, FPP

Clinical Coordinator

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Tiffany Chavez, MS, PA-C

Cardiac Surgery Physician Assistant

Department: Cardiac Surgery

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Edward Horgan, PA-C, MSHS, MPH

Cardiac Surgery Physician Assistant

Department: Cardiac Surgery

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Barbara Rhodes, PA-C, MS, RN

Cardiac Surgery Physician Assistant

Department: Cardiac Surgery

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Brenda Sefton, PA-C, MSHS

Lead Cardiac Surgery Physician Assistant

Department: Cardiac Surgery

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Kaitlin Ward, PA-C, MS

Cardiac Surgery Physician Assistant

Department: Cardiac Surgery

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