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Carl Lewis Backer, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Carl Lewis Backer, M.D., F.A.C.S. PhotoCarl Lewis Backer, M.D., F.A.C.S.
TitleProfessor of Surgery, Northwestern University Medical School
ExpertiseCongenital heart surgery; tracheal surgery; pediatric heart transplantation; vascular ring surgery; coarctation of the aorta; research-transplant coronary artery disease; post-cardiopulmonary bypass inflammatory response; artificial lung (NIH funded)
Current OrganizationChildren's Memorial Hospital
Type of OrganizationUniversity hospital/international referrals
Major ProductHeart surgery in children
Area of DistributionNational
University/DegreeB.A., Northwestern University, College of Arts and Sciences, Evanston, IL, 1976; M.D., Mayo Medical School, Rochester, MN, 1980
BornApril 29, 1955, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Honors & AwardsB.A. with Honors, 1976; Phi Beta Kappa, 1976; Northwestern Memorial Hospital Surgical Award, 1985; The Wausau School District 25 Year Club Hall of Fame Award, 1994; Charter Member, Children's Circle of Care, The White House, 9/27/95
Published WorksOver 130 journal articles, over 45 book chapters, 4 books, "The Arterial Switch", "Coarctation of the Aorta", Pediatric Cardiac Surgery (Editor 2nd & 3rd edition)
AffiliationsAmer. College of Surgeons; Amer. College of Cardiology; Amer. Assoc. for Thoracic Surgery; European Assoc. for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery; Congenital Heart Surgeons Society; Society of Thoracic Surgeons; Doctor's Mayo Society; Amer. Academy of Pediatrics-Surgical Section; Amer. College of Chest Physicians; Amer. Medical Assoc.; International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation; Amer. Society of Transplant Physicians; Pediatric Heart & Lung Transplant Study Group; Collaborative Transplant Study; North Amer. Society of Pacing & Electrophysiology; Midwest Pediatric Cardiology Society, Executive Committee-Surgical Liaison; Amer. Heart Assoc.; Chicago Surgical Society; Illinois Surgical Society
Hobbies & SportsSkiing, sailing, golf
Career AccomplishmentsAmer. Board of Surgery, 4/8/86 (Recertification 10/21/94); Amer. Board of Thoracic Surgery, 5/13/88 (Recertification 1/13/97); AATS Cardiothoracic Digest Internet Journal Review; Editorial Board, Journal of Cardiac Surgery and Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Work HistoryAssistant Professor of Surgery, 1988-96; Associate Professor of Surgery, 1996-2000; Professor of Surgery, 2000-present, Northwestern University Medical School
Children3 children
SpouseJulia Ford Backer
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