The Duke Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery participates in and leads national and international efforts to:

  • Develop new treatments for heart disease, lung disease, and cancers of the lung and esophagus
  • Improve transplantation of the heart and lungs
  • Develop devices to replace heart function 
  • Provide better outcomes for children with complex valvular heart disease

Our research is the driving force that allows Duke to offer patients the most advanced forms of therapy available in the U.S.


Research Programs


Basic Research
Discovering physiologic principles to improve care for patients with disorders of the heart and lungs

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Clinical Research
Developing new therapies and improving patient outcomes through clinical trials