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Philip J. Spencer, M.D.

  1. Cardiovascular Surgeon
  2. Transplant Surgeon

Specialty Groups


  1. Rochester, Minnesota



Philip J. Spencer, M.D., is a Senior Associate Consultant in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery specializing in adult cardiac surgery, heart & lung transplantation, and mechanical support. He attended Harvard Medical School and completed training in general and cardiothoracic surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. He had subspecialty training in heart and lung transplant and mechanical support at the Duke University Medical Center before joining Mayo Clinic as faculty.

Dr. Spencer's clinical interests include:

  • Acute and durable mechanical circulatory support, including ECMO and ventricular assist devices
  • End-stage heart and lung failure surgery, with a special interest in heart and lung transplantation
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting, with emphasis in arterial revascularization
  • Surgical treatment of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary disease
  • Surgical treatment of endocarditis

His research interests include heart and lung transplantation outcomes, novel organ preservation, donation after circulatory death, as well as strategies for effective surgical education.

  • Heart transplantation
  • Lung transplantation
  • Mechanical circulatory support (left ventricular assist device, total artificial heart, ECMO, percutaneous VADs)
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Arrhythmia surgery (Maze procedure)
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Ascending Aortic aneurysm
  • Cardiac tumors
  1. 2011
    MD - MedicineHarvard Medical School
  2. 2005
    BS - Psychology Fordham University


  1. 2021
    Thoracic and Cardiac SurgeryAmerican Board of Thoracic Surgery
  2. 2017
    General SurgeryAmerican Board of Surgery

Awards and honors

  1. 2020
    James Cox Fellowship in Arrhythmia Surgery American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)
  2. 2015
    William Dagget Research Award Massachusetts General Hospital
  3. 2014
    Edward Churchill Resident Research Award 2014Massachusetts General Hospital

Professional memberships

  1. 2023 - present
    Member - Membership CommitteeSociety of Thoracic Surgeons
  2. 2023 - present
    Heart and Lung Transplant CommitteeSociety of Thoracic Surgeons
  3. 2022 - present
    Practice Committee MemberMayo Clinic Rochester
  4. 2021 - present
    Academic Practice RepresentativeWestchester/Putnam/Rockland Lactation Consortium
  5. 2015 - present
    MemberSociety of Thoracic Surgeons
  6. 2014 - present
    MemberInternational Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation