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Mark Bleiweis, M.D.

Mark Bleiweis, M.D.The William G. Lassiter, Jr. and Aneice R. Lassiter Professorship
Professor, Surgery and Pediatrics
Director and Principal Cardiothoracic Surgeon, UF Health Congenital Heart Center, Gainesville, Florida

Practices at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, Gainesville, and Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Jacksonville

Academic Office

UF Health Congenital Heart Center
1600 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL 32610
tel     (352)273-5422
fax    (352)273-5927

Clinical Focus

Dr. Bleiweis’ clinical interests and expertise include congenital heart surgery, operative and perioperative management of newborns, treatment of single-ventricle heart defects, heart transplantation, adult congenital disease and complex valve defects.


  • Fellowship – Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, 1999-2000
    University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California
  • Residency – Thoracic Surgery, 1996-1999
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Residency – General Surgery, 1989-1996
    Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, California
  • Doctor of Medicine, 1989
    University of California at San Diego, San Diego, California
  • Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry, 1985
    Cornell University, Ithaca, New York


Congenital Heart Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery (2010)

American Board of Thoracic Surgery (2001)

American Board of Surgery (1997)

Florida Medical Licensure since 2005


Inspiratory Muscle Training in a Child with Nemaline Myopathy and Organ Transplantation. Barbara K. Smith, MHS, PT; Mark S. Bleiweis MD, FACS; Joni Zauhar, ARNP; and, A. Daniel Martin, Ph.D, PT, FACSM:  Pediatr Crit Care Med 2010:11(6):1-5

Regional congenital cardiac surgery outcomes analysis under the auspices of The State of Florida (6,385 operations) and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database (61,014 operations). Jacobs JP, Quintessenza JA, Burke RP, Bleiweis MS, Byrne BJ, Ceithaml EL, DeCampli WM, Giroud JM, Perryman RA, Rosenkranz ER, Wolff G, Posner V, Steverson S, and Blanchard WB: Cardiology in the Young 2009 Aug;19(4):360-9

The diagnostic process and perioperative and anesthetic management of an undiagnosed congenital cyanotic cardiac defect in an adult for trauma surgery. Litofe T, Muehlschlegel J, Peng Y, Sidi A, Bleiweis MS. J Clin Anesth 2009 Sep;21(6):454-8

Aortic aneurysms and dissection diagnosed by computed tomography 19 years after repair of coarctation. Arun Chandran, Mark S. Bleiweis and F. Jay Fricker. Cardiology in the Young (Images in Congenital Cardiac Disease);pgs1,2:2009

Evaluating the Extracardiac Fontan Conduit by Multislice Computed Tomography:  An Emerging Modality. Chandran, Arun and Bleiweis, Mark S. Cardiology in the Young (Images in Congenital Cardiac Disease);pgs1,2:2009

Intracardiac Foreign Body in a Dog. Nicole C. Sereda, DVM; Simon Towl, DVM; Herbert W. Maisenbacher III, VMD; Mark S. Bleiweis, MD; Julie K. Levy, DVM;  Barry J. Byrne, MD; Gary W. Ellison, DVM;  Andre Shih, DVM;  Alastair R. Coomer BVSc; and Amara H. Estrada, DVM. Journal of Veterinary Cardiology. 11:53, 2009

Ventricular Assist Device Implantation in the Pediatric Population:  Does Pump Size Selection and Associated Hemodynamics Impact Outcomes? S. Adil Husain; Gonzalo Wallis; F. Jay Fricker; Mark S. Bleiweis; Edward D. Staples; Charles T. Klodell; John W. Brown and Mark W. Turrentine. American Society for Artifical Internal Organs (ASAIO). 54:5;474-479. Sept/Oct 2008

Trigger for intercellular adhesion molecule-1 expression in rat lungs transplanted from non-heart-beating donors. Egan TM, Thomas Y, Gibson D, Funkhouser W, Ciriaco P, Kiser A, Sadoff J, Bleiweis M, and Davis CE. Ann Thorac Surg 2004 Mar;77(3):1048-55; discussion 1055.

The effect of incorporating vessel compliance in a computational model of blood flow in a total cavopulmonary connection (TCPC) with caval centerline offset. Masters JC, Ketner M, Bleiweis MS, Mill M, Yoganathan A, and Lucas CL. J Biomech Eng 2004 Dec;126(6):709-713

Long-term results of lung transplantation for cystic fibrosis. Egan TM, Detterbeck FC, Mill MR, Bleiweis MS, Aris R, Paradowski L, Retsch-Bogart G, and Mueller B. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg 2002 Oct;22(4):602-609

The Ross procedure in children and young adults:  A word of caution. Laudito A, Brook MM, Suleman S, Bleiweis MS, Thompson LD, Hanley FL and Reddy VM. J Thoracic and Cardiovas Sur 2001;122(1):147-153


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