• 9982 Citations
1979 …2020
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Personal profile

Research Interests

Dr. Backer serves on 5 editorial boards including the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He is a reviewer for 12 medical journals. Since 2013 he has published 57 articles in peer-reviewed journals,

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.

Certifications and Licenses

Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Congenital Cardiac Surgery
Thoracic Surgery

Training Experience

1985Residency, Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
1987Residency, Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
1988Fellowship, Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Children’s Memorial Hospital)

Education/Academic qualification

MD, Mayo Medical School

… → 1980

Research interests

  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Arrhythmia Surgery
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Pediatrics
  • Surgery
  • Tracheal Stenosis
  • Valve Repair/Replacement
  • Ventricular Assist Devices

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Research Output 1979 2020

Commentary: Double-outlet right ventricle revisited

Backer, C. L., Jan 2020, In : Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 159, 1, 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access
Double Outlet Right Ventricle
1 Citation (Scopus)

Pediatric Tracheal Surgery: A 25-Year Review of Slide Tracheoplasty and Tracheal Resection

Stephens, E. H., Eltayeb, O., Mongé, M. C., Forbess, J. M., Rastatter, J. C., Rigsby, C. K. & Backer, C. L., Jan 2020, In : Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 109, 1, p. 148-153 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pulmonary Artery
Newborn Infant

149 Fontan Conversions

Backer, C. L. & Mavroudis, C., Apr 1 2019, In : Methodist DeBakey cardiovascular journal. 15, 2, p. 105-110 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cardiac Arrhythmias
Life Expectancy
1 Citation (Scopus)

Bridge to Transplantation With Long-Term Mechanical Assist Devices in Adults With Transposition of the Great Arteries

Michel, E., Orozco Hernandez, E., Enter, D., Monge, M. C., Nakano, J., Rich, J. D., Anderson, A. S., Backer, C. L., McCarthy, P. M. & Pham, D. T., Jan 1 2019, In : Artificial organs. 43, 1, p. 90-96 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Transposition of Great Vessels
Heart-Assist Devices
Equipment and Supplies