Chief, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Executive Co-Director, Heart Institute, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital

Director, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital

Professor, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Patient Care Emphasis

Neonatal and pediatric cardiovascular surgery, cardiopulmonary bypass, neonatal and pediatric Ebstein’s anomaly, Ross operation, endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy

Medical School

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Postgraduate Education

Master’s Degree in Cardiothoracic Surgery, 1986 (cum laude)

Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery with Professor Marc deLeval at Great Ormond Street, London, 1990

Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Mayo Clinic and Boston Children’s Hospital, 1991

Board Certification

South African Medical & Dental Council, Cardiothoracic Surgery


Groote Schuur Hospital, South Africa - Cardiac Surgery

Awards and Honors

Received the American Heart Association's highest honor "Medal of Valor" in June 1996, for service in aftermath of the Murrah Building bombing in Oklahoma City on April 19 1995

Private audience with Pope John Paul I 1998

Private audience with President Nelson Mandela 2008

Distinguished Grand Master Award of the American Board of Cardiology  2011

Professional Memberships

American Association of Thoracic Surgery, American Association of University Professor, American College of Surgeons, Congenital Heart Surgeons Society,  Society of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association