Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dr Katz in his office with clinical team

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at MUSC provides the finest in patient care offering innovative, minimally invasive approaches and procedures whenever possible. And, as the only academic medical institution in S.C., our heart surgeons master revolutionary surgical procedures.

In many situations we use a Heart Team approach, collaborating with our world class colleagues in areas like cardiology and vascular surgery. Together we develop innovative strategies resulting in the highest level care with the least invasive procedures. Our goal is the best and safest care that affords the most rapid recovery and return to full activity.

  • Our surgical team is the only one in South Carolina with the experience and expertise to perform complex surgical procedures such as heart transplantation, robotic valve surgery and complex aortic surgeries. 
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks MUSC Health as high-performing in aortic valve surgery and heart bypass surgery.
  • MUSC Health is proud to announce that it has received a Blue Distinction® Center+ designation in Adult Heart Transplant. 
  • Marc R. Katz, M.D., Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, performed the nation's first robotically assisted, FDA-approved thoracic surgical procedure for patients who have a leaking mitral valve.
  • Our pediatric cardiology surgery is recognized nationally, receiving a No.10 ranking from U.S. News & World Report. The Children's Heart Program is a network of pediatric cardiology providers and outreach centers throughout the state, offering comprehensive inpatient and outpatient cardiovascular care to all South Carolina children and surrounding regions.
  • Cardiothoracic surgeons at MUSC Children's Health excel in all surgical procedures for cardiac disorders, with more than 350 operations performed annually.

Although we are experts in our field, our patients and their families are integral parts of the decision making process. Patients are “experts in themselves,” and their thoughts, perspectives and desires help craft a plan for the ideal outcome.

Meet our faculty and learn about their areas of expertise.

Dr Katz 

Marc R. Katz, M.D. MPH

Professor & Chief

Dr Bradley 

Scott M. Bradley

Professor & Section Head

Dr Crawford 

Fred A. Crawford, M.D. 

Distinguished University Professor, Chair Emeritus

Dr. Gibney 

Barry Gibney, D.O. 

Assistant Professor

Dr. Z. A. Hashmi 

Z.A. Hashmi, M.D.


Arman Kilic MD 

Arman Kilic, M.D.

Associate Professor & Director of Heart Failure Program

Dr Kavarana 

Minoo Kavarana, M.D.

Professor of Surgery & Pediatrics

Dr Kratz 

John Kratz, M.D. 


Dr Pope 

Nicolas Pope, M.D. 

Assistant Professor

Dr. Rajab 

Konrad Rajab, M.D. 

Assistant Professor


Ian Bostock Rosenzweig, M.D. 

Assistant Professor

Dr. Sade 

Robert Sade, M.D.

Distinguished University Professor Emeritus

Dr Witer 

Lucas Witer, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr Zeigler 

Sanford Zeigler, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Faculty

Dr Jones 

Jeffrey Jones, Ph.D.


Dr Mukherjee 

Rupak Mukherjee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor 

Section for Bioethics

The Section of Bioethics in Cardiothoracic Surgery is an educational branch of the division, responsible for providing commentary on ethical issues as they arise in divisional conferences. Learn more.