Dr. Caranasos, collaborators develop synthetic cardiac stem cell

CaranasosResearchers at N.C. State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Chinese university have developed a synthetic version of a cardiac stem cell. These synthetic stem cells offer therapeutic benefits comparable to those from natural stem cells and could reduce some of the risks associated with stem cell therapies. They also  have better preservation stability and the technology can be generalized to other types of stem cells. Ke Cheng, Ph.D., of N.C. State and UNC, Thomas G. Caranasos, M.D. (right), of UNC, and collaborators in China and Japan worked on the project. The research appears in the journal Nature Communications and was published online on Jan. 3, 2017. Read more here.


Dr. Ikonomidis will be new chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UNC

Ikonomidis 2John S. Ikonomidis, M.D, Ph.D., will become the new chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UNC on March 1, 2017. Dr. Ikonomidis, a cardiac surgeon, is Horace G. Smithy professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC. He earned his M.D. in 1989  from the University of Toronto, where he also completed a Ph.D. in cardiac physiology in 1995 and a General Surgery residency in 1997.  He completed a cardiothoracic surgery residency at Stanford University in June 2000 and then joined the MUSC faculty.  From 2000 to 2009, he served as chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston.  In 2006, he became surgical director of the MUSC Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program.  In 2009, he was named chief of the MUSC Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and program director for its resident training program.  He is an active researcher.  Read more here.

About the UNC Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Each year, our surgeons perform more than 900 major operations on hearts, lungs or other areas of the chest.  Since our program began in 1952, diagnostic techniques, surgical knowledge and postoperative care have changed and improved.  One thing has stayed the same: Our strong commitment to excellent care of our patients before, during and after surgery.

To improve health care in the future, our physicians are involved in cutting-edge research. We also offer rigorous training to resident physicians and to medical students.

Our surgical teams offer advanced treatments for a wide range of diseases and problems.  On our web site, you can learn more about our physicians and our services.  Please call us if we may be of help.