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Paul C. Tang, M.D., Ph.D.

  1. Cardiovascular Surgeon
  2. Transplant Surgeon

Specialty Groups


  1. Rochester, Minnesota



Paul C. Tang M.D., Ph.D., completed cardiothoracic surgery training at Duke University Medical Center where he also received advanced training in heart transplantation, ventricular assist devices and aortic surgery. At Yale University, he completed a doctorate degree focused on cardiovascular immunology.

Dr. Tang's clinical practice includes surgical treatment of heart failure (e.g., heart transplantation, ventricular assist devices), valvular procedures, and aortic aneurysm surgery. He is an investigator in various clinical trials seeking to improve heart failure therapies.

His laboratory investigates the immunology and cell biology of donor organ preservation as well as cardiovascular aging. His team is developing novel biotechnologies to improve donor heart performance and reduce rejection after transplantation. His outcomes research is aligned with his clinical interests, with a keen focus on improving the management of heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support. Dr. Tang is the vice chair for research in cardiovascular surgery, with a role in expanding clinical outcomes research, clinical trials, translational research and innovation.

Dr. Tang holds leadership roles in relevant professional societies and journals. He is a member of professional organizations such as the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, American Heart Association, Society of Thoracic Surgeons and American Association for Thoracic Surgery.

  1. Aortic aneurysm repair
  2. Coronary bypass surgery
  3. Heart surgery
  4. Heart transplant
  5. Lung transplant
  6. Mechanical circulatory support device implantation
  7. Pericardiectomy
  8. Septal myectomy
  9. Ventricular assist device implantation
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Ventricular Assist Device Implantation and Management
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Complex Aortic Surgery
  • Clinical Outcomes Research Regarding Surgical Therapies for Heart Failure
  • Biology of Heart Failure, Cardiovascular Aging, and Donor Organ Preservation
  1. 2015
    Fellowship - Cardiothoracic SurgeryDuke University Medical Center
  2. 2014
    Residency - Cardiothoracic SurgeryDuke University Medical Center
  3. 2011
    Residency - SurgeryState University of New York at Buffalo
  4. 2008
    PhDYale University
  5. 2005
    Residency - SurgeryYale- New Haven Hospital
  6. 2003
    Research Fellow - Cardiothoracic SurgeryYale- New Haven Hospital
  7. 2001
    Clinical ResidencyRoyal Prince Alfred Hospital
  8. 1999
    MBBSUniversity of New South Wales


  1. 2015
    Thoracic and Cardiac SurgeryAmerican Board of Thoracic Surgery
  2. 2012
    General SurgeryAmerican Board of Surgery

Awards and honors

  1. 2021
    Gardner Surgical InvestigatorAmerican Association for Thoracic Surgery
  2. 2018
    Southern Thoracic Surgical Association - Thoracic Surgery Foundation Research AwardThoracic Surgery Foundation
  3. 2017
    Third John Alexander Research ScholarshipAmerican Association for Thoracic Surgery
  4. 2001
    Winchester Research ScholarshipYale University

Professional memberships

  1. 2024 - present
    Committee MemberISHLT Research Oversight Committee
  2. 2023 - present
    MemberAATS Cardiac Surgery Biology Book Club
  3. 2023 - present
    ReviewerNational Institutes of Health
  4. 2023 - present
    MemberAmerican Association of Thoracic Surgery
  5. 2023 - present
    MemberInternational Society for Heart Research
  6. 2022 - present
    MemberAmerican Association of Immunology
  7. 2020 - present
    ReviewerNational Institutes of Health
  8. 2020 - present
    ReviewerMichigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research
  9. 2019 - present
    ChairAmerican Society for Artificial Internal Organs Annual Meeting, Cardiac Surgery Session
  10. 2019 - present
    MemberThoracic Surgery Foundation Research Committee
  11. 2019 - present
    ReviewerThe Thoracic Surgery Foundation
  12. 2018 - present
    Executive committee memberUniversity of Michigan - Peking University Health Science Center (UM-PUHSC) Joint Institute Symposium
  13. 2018 - present
    MemberMichigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons
  14. 2017 - present
    MemberAmerican Society for Artificial Internal Organs
  15. 2017 - present
    Committee MemberGifts of Life (GOL) Michigan Organ Committee
  16. 2016 - present
    Peer Review CommitteeAmerican Heart Association
  17. 2016 - present
    MemberAmerican Heart Association
  18. 2016 - present
    MemberAssociation for Academic Surgery (AAS)
  19. 2016 - present
    MemberInternational Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
  20. 2016 - present
    MemberSociety of Thoracic Surgeons
  21. 2016 - present
    MemberSouthern Thoracic Surgical Association (STSA)
  22. 2015 - 2017
    Site InvestigatorUniversity of Wisconsin
  23. 2015 - 2017
    Committee MemberAortaCare Imaging Lab Datasheet
  24. 2015 - present
    MemberSabiston Surgical Society (SSS)


Research activities

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