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Dr. Tirone  David - University Health Network. Toronto, ON, CA

Dr. Tirone David Dr. Tirone  David

Cardiac Surgeon, Peter Munk Cardiac Centre | University Health Network

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Holder of the Melanie Munk Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre





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AATS 2013 Mitral Conclave Thought Leaders: Dr. Tirone David Trends and Insights: Cardiac Surgeon Roundtable with Dr. Tirone David Trends and Insights: Five Questions for Cardiac Surgery Pioneer Dr. Tirone David Tirone E. David, MD




Doctor Tirone E. David is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He was born in Brazil and educated in his native country, in the United States and in Canada. His postgraduate training in surgery was at the State University of New York, Cleveland Clinic, and University of Toronto. He joined the academic staff of the University of Toronto and Toronto General Hospital in 1978, and has become one of the leading cardiac surgeons in the world. Hundreds of heart surgeons from around the globe visit his operating theatre every year and he travels extensively to demonstrate operative techniques he developed and to give lectures.

Doctor David has published over 300 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 45 chapters in medical textbooks as well as 5 surgical textbooks. He has developed numerous operative procedures to treat patients with heart valve disease, complications of myocardial infarction, and thoracic aneurysms. There is an operative procedure named after him, “the David operation”. He has been a member of the editorial board of several medical journals. In 2004-5 he was President of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the most prestigious society of thoracic surgeons. Doctor David is a member of numerous professional societies. He is an honorary member of the European Cardio-thoracic Association, the Brazilian Cardiovascular Society, the Italian Society for Cardiac Surgery, the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association and the German Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He received the Order of Ontario in 1993 and the Order of Canada in 1996. He was elected University Professor in 2004.

Industry Expertise (4)

Health and Wellness Education/Learning Research Health Care - Providers

Areas of Expertise (4)

Cardiovascular Surgery Myocardial Infarction Thoracic Aneurysms Surgical Techniques

Accomplishments (1)

Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award (professional)


Described by presenter Gary Dworkin, M.D. (CATS’92) as “one of the most technically, academically and socially talented cardiac surgeons in the world,” Tirone E. David, M.D. (S’75) was awarded the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award on Oct. 5.

Education (4)

Universidade Federal do Paraná: MD, Medicine 1968

State University of New York: Internship, Surgery

Cleveland Clinic: Residency, General Surgery

University of Toronto: Residency, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Affiliations (6)

  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery
  • European Cardio-thoracic Association
  • Brazilian Cardiovascular Society
  • Italian Society for Cardiac Surgery
  • Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
  • German Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

Testimonials (1)

Dr. Mehmet Oz, Of | Sony Pictures Television

​​Dr. David has been a role model for me since I finished my training with him in 1993. He is a spirited innovator whose contagious passion catalyzed a generation of surgical innovation…. Tirone showed us a broader vista of the horizon than any of us could have imagined, and he lit the lights on the path toward the future so we could walk in the right direction.