Jeffrey Gaca, MD, Appointed Section Chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery

The Duke Department of Surgery is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Gaca, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, has been appointed Chief of the Section of Adult Cardiac Surgery, in the Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Gaca completed his undergraduate degree at Cornell University and medical school at Columbia University. He completed his training in both general surgery and cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Duke.

In 2008, after completing an aortic surgery fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Gaca joined the Duke Surgery faculty as an assistant professor in the division of CT surgery. In 2016, he was promoted to associate professor of surgery.

Dr. Gaca is a talented cardiac surgeon and has developed a tremendous valvular surgery practice with regional and national referrals. He is a leading educator of surgical residents and mentor to junior faculty, and is the recipient of the Dwight C. McGoon Award for Commitment to Resident Development.

In addition, Dr. Gaca is known for his innovation, having worked closely with Don Glower, MD, Professor of Surgery, to expand minimally invasive heart surgery, making Duke University a leading referral for these procedures. Dr. Gaca has also worked with George C. Hughes, MD, Professor of Surgery, and cardiologists to grow the transcatheter valve replacement program at Duke.

In this new role, Dr. Gaca will work closely with Carmelo A. Milano, MD, Chief of the Division of CT Surgery, to develop young cardiac surgery faculty and further drive innovation and growth.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Gaca to this new role.