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Professor of Surgery Director, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Cardiac Surgery

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Husam H. Balkhy, MD
Husam H. Balkhy, MD, is a pioneer in the field of minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery. He specializes in the treatment of coronary artery disease, heart valve disorders, atrial fibrillation and other cardiac diseases, using robotic and less invasive techniques in order to reduce pain, disability and recovery time. Through education, he empowers his patients to take an active and informed role in their care. Dr. Balkhy is one of only a handful of surgeons in the world with extensive experience in performing robotic totally endoscopic beating heart coronary bypass grafting (TECAB). He also has a large experience with robotic mitral valve surgery, robotic atrial fibrillation surgery and minimally invasive (port access) aortic valve surgery.

Dr. Balkhy has served as the primary investigator on several innovative studies designed to improve robotic assisted cardiac surgery. He has contributed to the development of coronary anastomotic connectors, and has the world's largest experience in the use of these devices that eliminate the need for large incisions and sutures during coronary surgery. He actively trains other physicians on how to use these devices.

An accomplished author, Dr. Balkhy has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, as well as several book chapters on robotic cardiothoracic surgery. He frequently is invited to speak at national and international conferences and scientific meetings and has proctored robotic cardiac surgical procedures all over the world. In addition, Dr. Balkhy is a founding member of the Robotic Revascularization Society.

Medical Education

  • King Abdulaziz University College of Medicine & Allied Sciences


  • King Abdulaziz University College of Medicine & Allied Sciences


  • Tufts Medical Center


  • Lahey Clinic; Fellowship: Tufts Medical Center

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • International Society of Heart and Lung Transplant
  • Robotic Revascularization Society
  • 21st Century Cardiothoracic Surgical Society
  • Wisconsin State Medical Society
  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
  • American College of Chest Physicians, Fellow
  • Deterling Surgical Society
  • American College of Cardiology, Fellow
  • American Medical Society
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • Massachusetts Medical Society
  • International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Illinicare
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice / Choice Plus
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
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At a Glance

Practicing Since1988

Board Certifications

  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Surgery

Languages Spoken

  • Arabic
  • English
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At The Forefront Live: Robotic Heart Surgery

Robotic cardiac surgery is revolutionizing the treatment of coronary artery issue, heart valve disorders and other cardiac diseases. We spoke live with Husam H. Balkhy, MD, director of minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery and a patient.

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