Our Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeons

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Harold M. Burkhart, MD
Chief of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery

Harold M. Burkhart, MD, is a Professor and Division Chief of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of Oklahoma. He is board-certified in Congenital Cardiothoracic, Thoracic and General Surgery, with expertise in Neonatal Heart Surgery, Cardiac Valve Repair, Complex Congenital Cardiac Repair, Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery, and Pediatric Thoracic Surgery. He is a contributor to stem cell research for HLHS. He has been recognized as a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. in 2016 and 2017, and as a Best Doctor by Best Doctors Inc. and U.S. News & World Report.

Jess L. Thompson, MD

Jess L. Thompson, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Oklahoma. He specializes in cardiothoracic surgery for adults and children, with board certification by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. His areas of expertise include minimally invasive heart-valve repair and replacement, and the repair of complex neonatal and adult congenital heart conditions. He holds a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences: Clinical Research, and completed his Fellowship in Congenital Heart Surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.