Edward Bove, M.D., chairs the new department of Cardiac Surgery.

Edward Bove Chairs New Department of Cardiac Surgery

Pediatric cardiac surgeon specializes in congenital heart defects

issue 15 | Spring 2012

Pediatric cardiac surgeon Edward Bove, M.D., has been appointed chair of the U-M Medical School's new department of Cardiac Surgery.

During his 26-year career at U-M, Bove and the pediatric surgical team at the University of Michigan Congenital Heart Center have revolutionized surgical approaches to congenital heart defects.

"Dr. Bove has received national and international prominence for his contributions to cardiac surgery," says James O. Woolliscroft, M.D., dean of the U-M Medical School and Lyle C. Roll Professor of Medicine. "His skill has changed the lives of thousands of families, and his ability to teach and mentor has developed a new generation of bright, proficient cardiac surgeons who are also leaders in the field."

His patients are primarily children born with serious heart malformations such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome, but increasingly Bove cares for adults who survived their childhood heart defects and require monitoring as adults.

Cardiac surgery at U-M continues to develop new approaches for the treatment of a large spectrum of cardiac diseases, from congenital abnormalities to problems of the elderly. Today, U-M performs more than 2,000 heart operations a year.