Dr. Christopher Caldarone, MD, FRCSC

Professor and Chair, Division of Cardiac Surgery, University of Toronto
Staff Cardiovascular Surgeon,  The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Christopher Caldarone is a staff cardiovascular surgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He also participates extensively in day-to-day operations of the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society Data Center with Dr. Bill Williams.  He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from John Hopkins University in Maryland and continued to complete his M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City.

Dr. Caldarone completed his General Surgery Residency & Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency with New England Deaconess Hospital/Harvard Medical School. During his training, he spent a year at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto as a Clinical Fellow. His research experience includes a Research Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery in Boston. He was also an Alley-Sheridan Fellow/Thoracic Surgery Foundation For Research and Education at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Currently he is also a full Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto and serves as the Chair of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Toronto. He is also an Associate Scientist in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto and is an Associate Scientist in the Research Institute for the Hospital for Sick Children.

Dr Caldarone maintains a fully funded basic science laboratory which focuses on the role of the mitochondria in early postoperative myocardial dysfunction after cardioplegic arrest. Specific interests include the role of apoptosis-related mitochondrial dysfunction and remote ischemic preconditioning as mediators of reperfusion injury.

With an extensive knowledge of cardiothoracic surgery and research, Dr. Caldarone brings to the CHSS Data Center a rich surgical expertise and dedicated leadership. In addition to much time devoted to his patients in the operating room, Dr. Caldarone has published multiple papers and completed numerous presentations at scientific meetings. He also oversees many funded research projects and provides mentorship for the Kirklin/Ashburn Fellow and CHSS Data Center research staff. He is a recognized leader in cardiovascular surgery and adds a progressive vision for the success of the CHSS Data Center.