A photo of David Winlaw.

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 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

Current Practice of Genetic Testing and Counselling in Congenital Heart Disease: An Australian Perspective. Blue, GM; Smith, J; Sholler, GF; Semsarian, C; Winlaw, DS. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 2020; 29:1733-1736.

Routine vocal cord mobility assessment post cardiac surgery via median sternotomy approach. Lambert, A; Winlaw, DS; Deacon, V; Waters, KA; Pettigrew, J; Fleming, G; Orr, Y; Wong, EH; Cheng, AT. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2020; 138:110331-110331.

Long-term Out-of-Hospital Health Care Use for Fontan Survivors Across Childhood. Huang, L; Dalziel, KM; du Plessis, K; Winlaw, DS; Cordina, R; Pflaumer, A; Justo, RN; Wheaton, GR; Bullock, A; Verrall, CE; et al. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2020; 110:1372-1378.

What Is the Ideal Age for the Fontan Operation?: Reply. Marathe, SP; d'Udekem, Y; Winlaw, DS. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2020; 110:1095-1096.

Modes of late mortality in patients with a Fontan circulation. Poh, C; Hornung, T; Celermajer, DS; Radford, DJ; Justo, RN; Andrews, D; du Plessis, K; Iyengar, AJ; Winlaw, D; d'Udekem, Y. Heart. 2020; 106:1427-1431.

Heterotaxy Is Not a Risk Factor for Adverse Long-Term Outcomes After Fontan Completion. Marathe, SP; Zannino, D; Cao, JY; du Plessis, K; Marathe, SS; Ayer, J; Celermajer, DS; Gentles, TL; Sholler, GF; Justo, RN; et al. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2020; 110:646-653.

Outcomes of the Fontan Operation for Patients With Heterotaxy: A Meta-Analysis of 848 Patients. Marathe, SP; Cao, JY; Celermajer, D; Ayer, J; Sholler, GF; d'Udekem, Y; Winlaw, DS. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2020; 110:307-315.

Functional characterization of a novel PBX1 de novo missense variant identified in a patient with syndromic congenital heart disease. Alankarage, D; Szot, JO; Pachter, N; Slavotinek, A; Selleri, L; Shieh, JT; Winlaw, D; Giannoulatou, E; Chapman, G; Dunwoodie, SL. Human Molecular Genetics. 2020; 29:1068-1082.

Atrioventricular valve closure in Fontan palliation. King, G; Winlaw, DS; Alphonso, N; Andrews, D; Finucance, K; Konstantinov, IE; D'Udekem, Y. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. 2020; 57:945-950.

Health-Related Quality of Life in Children, Adolescents, and Adults With a Fontan Circulation: A Meta-Analysis. Marshall, KH; D'Udekem, Y; Sholler, GF; Opotowsky, AR; Costa, DS J; Sharpe, L; Celermajer, DS; Winlaw, DS; Newburger, JW; Kasparian, NA. Journal of the American Heart Association : Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease. 2020; 9.