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David S. Winlaw, MBBS, MD, FRACS

  • Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart Institute
  • Associate Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery Program
  • Professor, UC Department of Surgery
  • University of Sydney, Australia
My approach involves clear and direct communication of expectations with the family, as well as technical excellence and attention to detail.



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.

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.


Pediatric cardiac surgery

Services and Specialties

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Fetal Heart Program


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

Research Areas

Cardiothoracic Surgery

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Examination of validity of identifying congenital heart disease from hospital discharge data without a gold standard: Using a data linkage approach. He, W; Nassar, N; Schneuer, FJ; Lain, SJ; Congenital Heart Disease Synergy Study group, . Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. 2023.

Trends in the Hospital Care of Neonates With Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome in the United States. Greenberg, JW; Zafar, F; Dani, A; Winlaw, DS; Heydarian, HC; Hanke, SP; Cooper, DS; Tweddell, JS; Morales, DL S. 2023; 1:70-73.

Pediatric pulmonary valve replacements: Clinical challenges and emerging technologies. Crago, M; Winlaw, DS; Farajikhah, S; Dehghani, F; Naficy, S. 2023.

Exercise as therapy for neurodevelopmental and cognitive dysfunction in people with a Fontan circulation: A narrative review. Verrall, CE; Tran, DL; Yang, JY M; Lubans, DR; Winlaw, DS; Ayer, J; Celermajer, D; Cordina, R. Frontiers in Pediatrics. 2023; 11.

Discussion. Pigula, F; Gaynor, D; Pizarro, C; Backer, C; Reddy, VM. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2023; 165:445-446.

Commentary: Everyone deserves a second chance. Winlaw, DS. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2023; 165:447-448.

Defining Expectations for Infants With Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Who Survive Initial Surgical Palliation. Greenberg, JW; Zafar, F; Winlaw, DS; Tweddell, JS; Lehenbauer, DG; Cnota, JF; Heydarian, HC; Morales, DL S. World journal for pediatric & congenital heart surgery. 2023; 14:40-46.

The Ross and Ross-Konno Operation in Neonates and Infants. Winlaw, DS; Greenberg, JW; O'Donnell, AP. Operative Techniques in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2022; 27:423-446.

The health digital twin to tackle cardiovascular disease-a review of an emerging interdisciplinary field. Coorey, G; Figtree, GA; Fletcher, DF; Snelson, VJ; Vernon, ST; Winlaw, D; Grieve, SM; McEwan, A; Yang, JY H; Qian, P; et al. npj Digital Medicine. 2022; 5.

Insights into the genetic architecture underlying complex, critical congenital heart disease. Blue, GM; Ip, EK K; Troup, M; Dale, RC; Sholler, GF; Harvey, RP; Dunwoodie, SL; Giannoulatou, E; Winlaw, DS. American Heart Journal. 2022; 254:166-171.

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