Department of Cardiac Surgery

Michael R. Petracek, M.D.

PetracekCornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Surgery
Professor of Cardiac Surgery
Chair, Department of Cardiac Surgery


  • B.S., Baylor University, Waco, TX, 1967
  • Research Fellow, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 1968-69
  • M.D., The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine,1971

Postgraduate Training

  • Internship, Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1971-72
  • Resident, Surgery, Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, TN, 1975-78
  • Research Fellow, Vanderbilt University Hospital, 1977
  • Chief Surgical Resident, Vanderbilt University Hospital, 1979
  • Resident, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Hospital, 1979-81


  • Board Certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Clinical Interests

  • Aortic and mitral valve surgery
  • Heart arrhythmia surgery
  • Minimally invasive valve repair and replacement

See Dr. Petracek's CV here in PDF format.

Michael R. Petracek, M.D.
Department of Cardiac Surgery
The Vanderbilt Heart Institute
1215 21st Avenue South
MCE-North Tower, Suite 5025
Nashville, TN  37232-8802

Phone: (615) 343-9195 
Email: michael.petracek@Vanderbilt.edu

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