Cardiothoracic Surgery

Stanford University Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery Welcomes Dr. Kai Ihnken

Dr. Kai Ihnken

Dr. Kai Ihnken

Kai Ihnken, MD, joined the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery on August 15 th, 2005. Dr. Ihnken returns to Stanford University from the University of California, San Diego, where he served as assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. He completed his residencies in both cardiothoracic and general surgery at Stanford and received the Outstanding Achievement Award.

During his cardiothoracic surgery residency in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Frankfurt University in Germany, he also received the Ernst-Derra-Prize for most outstanding research, the Dos Santos Award from the European Society for Cardiovascular Surgery, and is a three-time recipient of Young Investigators Awards--two from the American College of Angiology and one from the American Heart Association.

During his research fellowship at UCLA, Dr. Ihnken primarily focused on myocardial protection in hypoxic immature hearts. Other research topics included myocardial protection of the adult heart and skeletal muscle controlled reperfusion. Dr. Ihnken has published 50 peer review articles and is an active reviewer for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

Dr. Ihnken’s clinical interests include thoracic aortic and thoracoabdominal aneurysm repair, thoracic transplantation, off pump CABG, all arterial revascularization, aortic and mitral valve repair, minimal invasive thoracic surgery, robotic surgery, and percutaneous valve placement.

Dr. Ihnken will serve as the first Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Regional Medical Center in San Jose, CA. Additionally, he will develop new clinical programs at Stanford University Hospital and serve as an attending surgeon at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA.

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