Executive Co-Director of the Heart Institute, Director of Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital

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

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)

Board Certification

South African Medical & Dental Council, Cardiothoracic Surgery


Groote Schuur Hospital, South Africa - Cardiac Surgery


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

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

Distinguished Grand Master Award of the American Board of Cardiology  2011

Private audience with President Nelson Mandela 2008

Private audience with Pope John Paul I – 1998

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