Sara Shumway

Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery


Administrative Contact: Tina Russell | 612-625-1096 |

The most meaningful part of my career has been the rewarding experience of helping patients and trainees through upholding the University of Minnesota's long history of excellence in medical devices and heart care.My wealth of experience ensures excellent judgment in all matters related to the heart, lungs or aorta. "I love what I do."

Research Summary

Current research focuses on improving heart and lung transplant outcomes, cardiac resuscitation, studying new medical devices (currently working on a clinical trial testing a new LVAD device (left ventricular modeling), which supports a failing heart; testing new heart valves, pediatric heart devices. and new approaches to managing organ rejection (new immunosuppressant techniques and non-invasive detection of cardiac allograft rejection). She and her team are also studying approaches to treating pump thrombosis.

Clinical Summary

Aortic Procedures; Adult Cardiac Arrest Devices; Maze Procedure; Valve Repair/Replacement; Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting procedures (CABG); Heart Transplantation; Lung Transplantation; Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery; Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy