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Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart Institute

Professor, UC Department of SurgeryUniversity of Sydney, Australia


"My approach involves clear and direct communication of expectations with the family, as well as technical excellence and attention to detail."

My Biography & Research


As a pediatric cardiac surgeon, I specialize in congenital heart disease in infants and newborns. My approach involves clear and direct communication of expectations with the family, as well as technical excellence and attention to detail.

I was inspired to be a cardiac surgeon through my fascination with the development of the heart and all the moving parts of a well-functioning medical team that can correct critical abnormalities present at birth. Our team, the patient and the family walk the road together.

I consider myself a great team player who is there for your child. I have extensive experience and demonstrated excellence in my practice in Australia and now in the US. I’m delighted to be an Honorary Faculty and Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Sydney, Australia, and a Faculty-at-Large at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney.

Through my research, we want to understand the causes of congenital heart disease and find better ways for managing these conditions through improved operations, aftercare and implantable devices.

During my free time, I enjoy music, nature and travel.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric cardiac surgery

Research Interests

Genetic contributions to congenital heart disease and associated abnormalities; clinical outcomes of current practice; bioengineering solutions addressing the right ventricle to pulmonary arterial connection

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of SurgeryUniversity of Sydney, Australia

Clinical Divisions

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Fetal Heart Program

Research Divisions

Cardiothoracic Surgery

My Locations

My Education

MBBS (Hons): University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

Residency: St Vincent's Hospital, Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia.

Residency: The Children's Hospital at Westmead, New South Wales, Australia.

Certification: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Fellowship: Birmingham Children's Hospital, Birmingham, UK.

My Publications

Protein-losing enteropathy and plastic bronchitis after the Fontan procedure. Sharma, VJ; Iyengar, AJ; Zannino, D; Gentles, T; Justo, R; Celermajer, DS; Bullock, A; Winlaw, D; Wheaton, G; Burchill, L; et al. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2021; 161:2158-2165.e4.

Commentary: Learning points from a remarkable success in achieving stable pulmonary blood flow in a very small baby with Ebstein anomaly and a circular shunt. Salve, GG; Winlaw, DS. JTCVS techniques. 2021; 7:212-213.

Modified pulmonary artery banding- A novel strategy for balancing pulmonary blood flow with transposed great arteries. Salve, GG; Cole, AD; Nicholson, IA; Winlaw, DS; Chard, RB; Orr, Y. JTCVS techniques. 2021.

Commentary: Time for a new maxim. Winlaw, DS; Opotowsky, AR; Tweddell, JS. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2021.

Predictors of reoperation and mortality after complete atrioventricular septal defect repair. Fong, LS; Betts, K; Ayer, J; Andrews, D; Nicholson, IA; Winlaw, DS; Orr, Y; Australian CAVSD study group, . European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery. 2021.

Cross-sectional assessment of haemostatic profile and hepatic dysfunction in Fontan patients. Daems, JJ N; Attard, C; Van Den Helm, S; Breur, J; D'Udekem, Y; Du Plessis, K; Wilson, TG; Winlaw, D; Gentles, TL; Monagle, P; et al. Open Heart. 2021; 8.

A new era of genetic testing in congenital heart disease: A review. Morrish, AM; Smith, J; Enriquez, A; Sholler, GF; Mervis, J; Dunwoodie, SL; Kirk, EP; Winlaw, DS; Blue, GM. Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine. 2021.

Caution Required Contextualizing Recommendations for Infants and Neonates in a Pediatric Experience of Mitral Valve Replacement. Wells, D; Lehenbauer, D; Tweddell, JS; Winlaw, DS. World journal for pediatric & congenital heart surgery. 2021; 12:375-376.

Outcomes Following Heterotopic Placement of Right Ventricle to Pulmonary Artery Conduits. Saxena, A; Salve, GG; Betts, K; Arora, N; Cole, AD; Sholler, GF; Orr, Y; Ayer, JG; Winlaw, DS. World journal for pediatric & congenital heart surgery. 2021; 12:220-229.

Neurocognitive Dysfunction and Smaller Brain Volumes in Adolescents and Adults With a Fontan Circulation. Verrall, CE; Yang, JY M; Chen, J; Schembri, A; D'Udekem, Y; Zannino, D; Kasparian, NA; Du Plessis, K; Grieve, SM; Welton, T; et al. Circulation. 2021; 143:878-891.