Sara J. Shumway, MD

Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery

Sara J. Shumway

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-0976

Fax 612-625-1683

Mailing Address:
Cardiothoracic Surgery
420 Delaware Street SE
Mayo Mail Code 207
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Tina Russell

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery

Vice Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cardiovascular Surgeon

MD: Vanderbilt University

Residency: Vanderbilt Affiliated Hospitals (Surgery)

Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Hospital (Cardiothoracic Surgery), Transplantation Biology Section of Sir Peter Medawar (London, England)

My primary area of concentration lies in cardiac-related transplant and transplant rejection.


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."


  • Heart Transplant
  • Lung Transplant
  • Cardiovascular Surgery and Thoracic Surgery

Awards & Recognition

  • Top Doctors (Cardiothoracic Surgery) Minneapolis/St Paul Magazine. 
  • Best Doctors for Women, Minnesota Monthly 
  • The Best Doctors in America: Central Region 
  • Listed in Guide to America’s Top Surgeons

Professional Associations

  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery 
  • American College of Surgeons; Fellow (FACS) 
  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons 
  • American Surgical Association 
  • Central Surgical Association 
  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation 
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons 
  • Society of University Surgeons 
  • The Transplantation Society 
  • American Heart Association; Fellow (FAHA)


Research Summary/Interests

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.



  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Mitral valve repair and replacement
  • Aortic valve replacement
  • Redo coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Minimally invasive approaches to the above procedures
  • Repair of aortic aneurysms and dissections
  • Thymectomy for myasthenia gravis
  • Heart transplantation
  • Lung transplantation

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery; American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Clinical Interests

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