What We Do

The Peter Munk Cardiac Centre has seven cardiac surgeons on staff who have extensive experience in cardiac surgery.

Cardiac Surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of heart disorders. Our patients' operations can often be very difficult to do, and we're a major referral centre for patients across the province and the country. As well, we see international patients who need complex cardiovascular surgery.


Our health care team has the expertise to treat adults with:

  • Congenital Heart Conditions
  • Coronary Artery Disease requiring Heart Bypass Surgery (also known as open heart surgery)
  • End Stage Heart Failure
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Heart Valve Conditions (i.e. Valve Repair, Reconstruction or Replacement)
  • LVAD Implantation
  • Thoracic Aneurysms

Did You Know ... UHN

  • Is one of the major heart transplant centres in Canada, performing more than 20 heart transplants yearly
  • Was the 1st to clinically use Heparin, a blood thinner for open heart surgery
  • Led the development of the 1st heart pacemaker
  • Developed the 1st successful heart valve transplant
  • Is the 1st hospital to perform ventricular volume reduction, a surgical procedure to reduce enlarged hearts for those suffering congestive heart failure

  • How to Prepare​

    Learn more about what you can expect when you have a clinic appointment.​​

 Materials and Resources to Help You

​The Patient & Family Education Program at UHN offers valuable resources to help you understand your condition.​

Resources from the Patient & Family Education Program PDF Icon

* These material(s) are also available in other languages.

More information on cardiac and heart Health:

Visit our health information section.​​​​​


Our team performs some of the most complex surgeries in Canada. Find out how to prepare and what to expect during and after your hospital stay by reading Your Heart Surgery​ guide.

 For Your Heart Surgery

​​​​​​Watch these videos to help you get ready for and recover after your heart surgery:

Preparing for Heart Surgery

Recovering from Heart Surgery
Cardio Surgeon Clinic -- Clegg

 Meet Our Team

The Peter Munk Cardiac Centre cardiac surgeons have extensive experience in cardiac surgery.

Division Head of Cardiovascular Surgery: Dr. Vivek Rao
Administrative Coordinator: Jennifer Cherry

Phone: 416 340 3562
Fax: 416 340 3337

Cardiac Surgeons

Dr. Mitesh Badiwala
Delia Medeiros
Phone: 416 340 4720
Fax: 416 340 3751


Dr. Jennifer Chung
Liza Fabian
Phone: 416 340 4745
Fax: 416 340 3498


Dr. Robert James Cusimano
Thanu Sabesan
Phone: 416 340 4928
Fax: 416 340 5069


Dr. Tirone David
Victoria Vessio
Phone: 416 340 5062
Fax: 416 340 4020


Dr. Piroze Davierwala
Rachel Needham
Phone: 416 340 4513
Fax: 416 340 5317


Dr. Christopher Feindel
Amanda de Melo
Phone: 416 340 5909
Fax: 416 340 4476


Dr. Maral Ouzounian
Victoria de Melo
Phone: 416 340 4218
Fax: 416 340 4580


Dr. Anthony Ralph-Edwards
Ana Silva
Phone: 416 340 4309
Fax: 416 340 3803


Dr. Vivek Rao
Jennifer Cherry
Phone: 416 340 3562
Fax: 416 340 3337


Dr. Terrence Yau
Shanga Kanaraja
Phone: 416 340 4074
Fax: 416 340 4385​