Husam Balkhy, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery
Director, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Cardiac Surgery

Husam Balkhy

Husam H. Balkhy, MD, is a pioneer in the field of minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery. He specializes in the treatment of coronary artery disease, heart valve disorders, atrial fibrillation and other cardiac diseases, using robotic and less invasive techniques in order to reduce pain, disability, and recovery time. Through education, he empowers his patients to take an active and informed role in their care. Dr. Balkhy is one of only a handful of surgeons in the world with extensive experience in performing robotic totally endoscopic beating heart coronary bypass grafting (TECAB). He also has a large experience with robotic mitral valve surgery, and robotic atrial fibrillation surgery as well as minimally invasive (port access) aortic valve surgery.

Dr. Balkhy has served as the primary investigator on several innovative studies designed to improve robotic assisted cardiac surgery. He has contributed to the development of coronary anastomotic connectors, and has the world's largest experience in the use of these devices that eliminate the need for large incisions and sutures during coronary surgery. He actively trains other physicians on how to use these devices.

An accomplished author, Dr. Balkhy has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, as well as several book chapters on robotic cardiothoracic surgery. He frequently is invited to speak at national and international conferences and scientific meetings and has proctored robotic cardiac surgical procedures all over the world. In addition, Dr. Balkhy is a founding member of the Robotic Revascularization Society.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine 
5841 S. Maryland Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60637

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine 
5758 S. Maryland Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60637

150 E. Huron Street 
Suite 900 
Chicago, IL 60611

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

Thoracic Surgery

Medical School

King Abdulaziz University College of Medicine & Allied Sciences 


King Abdulaziz University College of Medicine & Allied Sciences, Saudi Arabia


Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston (general surgery)


Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA (vascular surgery) 
Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston (cardiothoracic surgery)


21st Century Cardiothoracic Surgical Society 
American College of Cardiology, Fellow 
American College of Chest Physicians, Fellow 
American College of Surgeons, Fellow 
American Medical Society 
Deterling Surgical Society 
International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation 
International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery 
Massachusetts Medical Society 
Robotic Revascularization Society 
Society of Thoracic Surgeons 
Wisconsin State Medical Society

Languages Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 702-2500

Office Fax

(773) 834-9114

Office Postal Address

Husam H. Balkhy, MD 
The University of Chicago Medicine 
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 5040 
Chicago, IL 60637