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Section Chief of Congenital Cardiac Surgery
Co-director of the NC Children’s Heart Center
Associate Professor of Surgery

Clinical Interests

Pediatric cardiovascular surgery, artificial heart technology, adult congenital cardiothoracic surgery, transplantation heart and lung


  • Student Research Fellow (Molecular Immunology), University of Texas
  • MD, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Clinical Research Assistant, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Student Research Fellow (Molecular Cardiology), Baylor College of Medicine
  • Resident in General Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Resident in General Surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Resident in Cardiothoracic Surgery, The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Resident in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Specialist Registrar (Fellow) in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, The Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

Board Certification

  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery – Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery – Congenital Heart Surgery


View Dr. Sharma’s recent research publications on PubMed.

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Patient Stories

Ebstein’s Anomaly: A Rare Disease Treated with World-class Care Here at Home | October 4, 2021

Jahliah Parker

Jahliah Parker was born with a rare congenital heart condition called Ebstein’s Anomaly. It took a combined effort of doctors from across the country to get her the care she needed here at UNC Health in Chapel Hill. Read more about Jahliah’s story. 

A Wild Story: Adult Congenital Patient Receives Modified Ross Procedure | February 25, 2020

From the age of 14, Bill Wild knew he had a heart condition. Years later, at the age of 42, Bill faced the difficult decision of what kind of congenital heart surgery he felt best served his life. Read more about Bill’s story.

Surgical & Cardiology Team at UNC Children’s Help Infant Thrive | November 19, 2019

Margot Halpin was born in NYC with a ventricular septal defect (VSD). Three months later the Halpin family moved to Chapel Hill. They met with the Cardiology & Surgery teams at UNC Children’s Hospital NC Pediatric Heart Center to plan her care. Read more about Margot’s story. 

UNC Children’s Heart Program Fights for Infant’s Life … | November 7, 2019

Diagnosed with a congenital heart condition while still in utero, Suzi Leahy’s unborn son, Jett, was given “little chance of survival,” yet he beat the odds thanks to the life-saving care of N.C. Children’s Heart Center at UNC Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC. Read more about Jett’s Story.

3D model of the Human Heart Helped a Surgeon | May 9, 2019

Deanna Williams was a 27-year-old mother of two, pregnant with her third child, a ticking time bomb. She had no idea she had been born with a rare congenital heart defect and that her pregnancy could unexpectedly put too much pressure on her heart leading to possibly fatal consequences. Read more about Deanna’s Story. 

One Little Girl’s Fight Against a Rare Tumor | February 19, 2019

4-year-old Carter Mae walked through UNC hospital dressed as Disney’s Princess Elsa days before the Halloween holiday. As she walked from pharmacy to pharmacy, her mother Lindsey, was thrilled to be able to give her daughter this gift of normalcy, just days before she was to undergo major surgery. Read more Carter Mae’s Story.

A Hole Inside a Tiny Heart | October 16, 2018

A tiny hole inside a little heart helped keep a little girl alive. This is the story of Georgia Mae Braddy, and the team of UNC doctors and comprehensive caregivers in the departments of cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, and maternal-fetal medicine who worked tirelessly and diligently in a coordinated effort to save her life. Read more about Georgia’s Story.

Dr. Mahesh S. Sharma