Harold M. Burkhart, MD

About Harold Burkhart

Harold M. Burkhart, M.D., is a Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In addition, he is the Director of the Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgical Program at the Oklahoma Children's Hospital. He holds the CHF Brandon Weeden Chair of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery and the Paul H. and Doris Eaton Travis Chair in Thoracic Surgery. Prior to joining the University of Oklahoma in 2014, he was a Professor of Surgery at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He completed his general surgery training at Indiana University, cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Mayo Clinic and a congenital cardiothoracic surgical fellowship at Toronto Hospital for Sick Children.

Dr. Burkhart's primary clinical interest is pediatric cardiothoracic surgery with an emphasis on neonatal cardiac surgery. Complex reconstructions in single ventricle heart defects including hypoplastic left heart syndrome are of particular interest. In addition, he has an active clinical interest in understanding the role of stem cell therapy in congenital heart disease.

Affiliations Oklahoma Children's Hospital – Heart Center, Oklahoma Children's Hospital
  • Best Doctors, 405 Magazine 2022
  • CHF Brandon Weeden Chair of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery 2019
  • Outstanding Editorial Board Member, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery 2019
  • “Best Doctors” by Best Doctors Inc. 2018
  • “Best Doctors” by Best Doctors Inc. 2017
  • Marquis Who’s Who in America 2017
  • Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. 2017
  • Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. 2016
  • Listed as a Best Doctor in Central Oklahoma, Best Doctors of America 2016
  • Listed as Top Doctor – Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon 2015, US News Top Doctors 2015
  • “Best Doctors” by Best Doctors Inc. 2015
  • Academic Keys Who’s Who in Medicine Higher Education 2014
  • “Best Doctors” by Best Doctors Inc. 2014
  • Listed as Top Doctor – Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon 2013, US News Top Doctors 2013
  • Listed as Top Doctor – Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon 2012, US News Top Doctors 2012
  • Listed as Top Doctor – Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon 2011, US News Top Doctors 2011
  • Certificate of Recognition for Compassion and Kindness, Thomas J. Vilsack, Governor of the State of Iowa 2005
  • Institutional Leadership Development Program, University of Iowa 2005
  • US News & World Report Best Doctor
  • Carl H. McCaskey Award, First Place, Surgical Research Presentation, American College of Surgeons 1998
  • O.T. Clagett Travel Award, Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, Mayo Clinic 2002
  • Surgical Socrates Award: Best Chief Resident, Department of Surgery, Indiana University 1999
  • Outstanding Young Men of America 1992
Health Education
  • Medical School
  • Doctor of Medicine East Tennessee State University
  • Fellowship
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Mayo Clinic
    Rochester, NY
  • Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery Hospital for Sick Children
    Toronto, ON
  • Residency
  • Research, Vascular Surgery Indiana University
    Indianapolis, IN
  • Board Certification
  • Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011
  • Thoracic surgery 2000
  • General surgery 2000
  • Residency
  • General Surgery Indiana University Medical Center
    Indianapolis, IN
  • Internship
  • General Surgery University of Tennessee
    Chattanooga, TN
  • Training
  • Registrar, General Surgery Cambridge University Hospitals, Addenbrookes Hospital
Medical Interests Areas of Interest:
  • Neonatal heart surgery
  • Cardiac valve repair
  • Stem cell research for HLHS
  • Complex congenital cardiac repair
  • Adult congenital cardiac surgery
  • Pediatric thoracic surgery
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