E. Dean McKenzie, MD, an internationally distinguished practitioner of pediatric cardiac surgery, is the new chief of pediatric congenital cardiothoracic surgery at Sibley Heart Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). McKenzie is also a professor of surgery in the Department of Surgery of the Emory University School of Medicine, and chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery in the department's Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
McKenzie received his MD degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1991, and completed his general surgery residency at the University of Louisville in 1996. After finishing his cardiothoracic surgery residency at the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1998, he returned to Baylor to join the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics, advancing through Baylor's academic and clinical ranks until joining Emory and CHOA in 2017.
While at Baylor, McKenzie was surgical director of the heart transplant program at Texas Children's Hospital from 2001-2007. He also co-founded Texas Children's lung transplant program in 2002, then one of only five pediatric lung transplant centers in the country, and served as its surgical director until 2007.
In addition to heart and lung transplant, McKenzie's clinical interests include aortic surgery, thoracic aneurysm, atrial fibrillation ablation therapy, mitral stenosis, mitral valve prolapse, mechanical circulatory support, ventricular assist devices, and tracheal reconstruction. McKenzie has a reputation for taking on highly complex cases, exemplified by his successful performance of the congenital heart surgery portion of the multidisciplinary procedure that separated 10-month old conjoined twins Knatalye and Adeline Mata at Texas Children's in February 2015.