Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Carl  Backer, MD

Carl Backer, MD

Professor of Surgery (Cardiac Surgery)

Focus of Work

Bio

Dr. Backer was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and grew up in Wausau, Wisconsin. He was an undergraduate at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Dr. Backer and his wife, Julia have four children and live in Winnetka, Illinois.

Dr. Backer’s academic appointment is the A.C. Buehler Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and he is currently the Division Head of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He r...[Read full text]
Dr. Backer was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and grew up in Wausau, Wisconsin. He was an undergraduate at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Dr. Backer and his wife, Julia have four children and live in Winnetka, Illinois.

Dr. Backer’s academic appointment is the A.C. Buehler Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and he is currently the Division Head of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He received his MD degree from the Mayo Medical School in 1980. Dr. Backer completed his general and cardiothoracic surgical training at Northwestern University Medical School in 1987 and a congenital cardiac fellowship at Children’s Memorial Hospital in 1988. He has been a staff surgeon at Lurie Children’s since 1988.

Dr. Backer’s clinical interests include heart transplantation, neonatal cardiac surgery, vascular ring surgery, and arrhythmia surgery. He has authored or co-authored over 275 refereed articles, 95 book chapters, and 5 textbooks. He is the co-editor of three textooks: Pediatric Cardiac Surgery (2nd, 3rd, and 4th editions), Atlas of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, and Wilcox’s Surgical Anatomy (4th edition).

Over the last 30 years Dr. Backer has helped train the Northwestern University traditional Thoracic Residents. For approximately 15 years he also had residents from Loyola University, Rush University, and the University of Wisconsin. He directs one of the 12 ACGME Accredited Congenital Cardiac Fellowships and have trained congenital fellows since 2010.

Dr. Backer has participated in writing questions for SESATS since 1995. He was the Section Editor of the Congenital Cardiac portion of SESATS from 2000 to 2012. He has been a Consultant on the ABTS Congenital Cardiac Subcommittee since 2013. He has been a Guest Examiner for the Congenital Cardiac Surgery Boards since 2012 and for the Traditional Thoracic Surgery Oral Boards since 2013. Dr. Backer became a Director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.


Dr. Backer was a member of the Thoracic Surgery Residency Review Committee from 2011 through 2017. He served as Vice-Chair of the Thoracic Surgery Residency Review Committee from 2013 through 2016. In 2017.

Dr. Backer was the Chairman of the TSDA Congenital Cardiac Fellowship Committee from 2010 through 2016. He was the Secretary-Treasurer for the Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society from 2006 to 2011 and became President of the Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society in October 2016 and will serve in that capacity until October 2018.[Shorten text]

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Education and Certification

  • MD: Mayo Medical School (1980)
  • Residency: Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Northwestern Memorial Hospital) (1985)
  • Residency: Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Northwestern Memorial Hospital) (1987)
  • Fellowship: Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Children’s Memorial Hospital) (1988)
  • Board Certification: Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

Contact

312-227-4240

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Box 22
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago IL 60611