Jonathan Chen, MD, joined Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in September 2018, bringing his noteworthy track record of promoting collaborative, multidisciplinary care in pediatric cardiovascular cases. Dr. Chen’s clinical research is focused on surgical issues in complex congenital heart care, cardiac transplantation, and development of mechanical ventricular assist devices for children.
He holds the Mortimer J. Buckley Jr., MD, Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery and is co-director of the Cardiac Center with Joseph Rossano, MD, chief of the Division of Cardiology. The Cardiac Center team performs more than 1,000 cardiothoracic surgeries each year, including 600 open-heart procedures in children and adolescents with complex heart conditions.
“We want the Cardiac Center to be the destination where you come to have the highest level of expertise across the entire spectrum of congenital heart care — where you have access to novel therapies, devices, investigative trials that represent the vanguard of our field,” Dr. Chen shared when he joined CHOP. “There are a lot of great cardiac centers in the world, but there are very few places like CHOP that have the individual intellect, the drive, and the desire to solve unanswered questions. Only a place like CHOP can hope to find those answers and, in fact, change the game.”
Dr. Chen most recently served as chief of Congenital Cardiac Surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital, co-director of the Heart Center, and professor of Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine and held the Sam and Althea Stroum Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery. Over the past decade, he has led humanitarian trips with several volunteer organizations to provide cardiovascular care to developing countries including Cambodia, Senegal, China, India, and Brazil. Committed to continuing education, Dr. Chen serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.