Patrick M. McCarthy (surgeon)

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Patrick M. McCarthy is a cardiac surgeon, executive director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine, the first Heller-Sacks Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and professor of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering.[1][2] Through his work with the School of Engineering, McCarthy serves as a Farley Fellow.[3]


McCarthy obtained his undergraduate degree at University of Notre Dame, then attended Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine for his medical degree. He completed a residency in general surgery and a fellowship in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at Mayo Clinic, and a fellowship in cardiovascular transplantation at Stanford University.[1]


McCarthy joined the Mayo Clinic in 1980. After eight years at the Mayo Clinic, McCarthy worked at Stanford University Medical Center for 18 months before joining the Cleveland Clinic in 1990.[4] McCarthy was at Cleveland Clinic for 14 years.[4]

In 2004, McCarthy moved back to Chicago and joined the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine as the first Heller-Sacks Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and as executive director of the new Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, which had been created with a $10MM donation from billionaire philanthropist Neil Bluhm, who recruited McCarthy. As of 2017 the institute had received about $60 million in donations, and about one-third have come from Bluhm.[4][5]


McCarthy co-founded a company called Cardiac Valve Innovations in 2015, directed to improving heart valve repair rings.[6]

D-EtLogix Ring[edit]

McCarthy is the inventor of the Edwards’ D-EtLogix Ring, formally known as the Myxo ETlogix ring. The D-EtLogix Ring is a modification of an earlier device, the Geoform ring, approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA policy permits minor modifications without regulatory approval.[7]

Two patients brought a lawsuit against McCarthy, accusing him of experimenting with the ring on them without their knowledge, and concealing evidence of complications.[8] One patient dropped their suit and the other patient brought their suit to trial. The jury decided that the charges brought by the patient had no merit.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Patrick M McCarthy, MD : Faculty Profile: Faculty Profiles: Feinberg School of Medicine: Northwestern University". Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  2. ^ "McCarthy, Patrick | Faculty | Northwestern Engineering". Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  3. ^ "Farley Fellows | Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation". Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Gallagher, Erin (February 16, 2015). "Southland native heads to Chicago heart care institute". Daily Southtown.
  5. ^ "Northwestern's heart program nabs $2.5 million gift to expand". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  6. ^ "Cardiac Valve Innovations". Innovation and New Ventures - Northwestern University. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  7. ^ Wood, Shelley (April 14, 2009). "FDA clears Myxo ETlogix valve ring under new name but disagrees with earlier decision by Edwards that device did not need 510(k)" (PDF). Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  8. ^ "Northwestern U. Dismisses Professor Who Questioned Cardiac-Surgery Chief's Safety Record". The Chronicle of Higher Education. 10 October 2011. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  9. ^ "Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Star CV Surgeon Found Not Guilty in Myxo Ring Case". Retrieved May 14, 2017.

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