Mark S Bleiweis

Mark S Bleiweis, M.D.

Clinical Professor And Director, UF Health Congenital Heart Center; William G. Lassiter Jr. And Aneice R. Lassiter Professorship

Department: MD-SURGERY-TCV
Business Phone: (352) 273-5422
Business Email: bleiweis@ufl.edu

About Mark S Bleiweis

Mark S. Bleiweis, MD, is board-certified in surgery, thoracic and cardiac surgery and congenital heart surgery. He graduated with distinction from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, and earned his medical degree from the University of California at San Diego. He served his general surgery residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California; his thoracic surgery residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and his pediatric cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at the University of California San Francisco.

Since his arrival at the University of Florida in 2005, Dr. Bleiweis has been instrumental in expanding the center’s complement of pediatric cardiac specialists and making the UF Health Congenital Heart Center among the top centers in the country. Dr. Bleiweis’ cardiac team was the first in Florida to use the Berlin Heart® Ventricular Assist Device (a pediatric VAD), and the SynCardia® Total Artificial Heart. His team also was the first to use the SynCardia® Total Artificial Heart paired with the Freedom® portable driver for a pediatric patient.

Dr. Bleiweis has extensive experience in the pre- and postoperative management of newborns, including premature and low-birthweight babies. His expertise includes repairing complex, single-ventricle and valve defects, as well as treating patients who have underlying syndromes. 

Prior to his UF appointment, Dr. Bleiweis was medical director of Children’s Hospital of Orange County Heart Institute in Orange, California. He also served as medical director of the cardiothoracic intensive care unit at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill. 

In addition to his roles with the Congenital Heart Center, Dr. Bleiweis is a professor of surgery and pediatrics at UF, and serves as a mentor to students pursuing professions in the health care field. He is a widely sought speaker and was selected as the American Heart Association Heart Ball Honoree in February 2015. 

Dr. Bleiweis’ professional memberships include the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American Association of Thoracic Surgery, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, Congenital Heart Surgeons Society, and International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation. He also is a founding member of the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.

Honors & Awards

Member
2012-2018 · Adult Congenital Heart Association
Member
2010 · Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Member
2009-2018 · Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
Member
2009-2018 · Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society
Member
2007 · World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
Member
2005 · American Medical Association
STS verification
2004-2018 · The Society for Thoracic Surgeons
Fellow
2004-2018 · American College of Surgery
Member
2001-2018 · American Heart Association

Board Certifications

  • Thoracic Surgery
    American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Clinical Profile

Specialties
  • Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Subspecialties
  • Congenital Heart Surgery
Areas of Interest
  • Absent pulmonary valve
  • Anomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery
  • Aortic arch syndrome
  • Aortic regurgitation
  • Aortic stenosis
  • Aortic valve surgery – open
  • Atrial fibrillation or flutter
  • Atrial septal defect (ASD)
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congenital heart defect – corrective surgery
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Double aortic arch
  • Double inlet left ventricle
  • Double outlet right ventricle
  • Down syndrome
  • Ebstein anomaly
  • Eisenmenger syndrome
  • Heart failure – overview
  • Heart transplant
  • Heart valve surgery
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Lung transplant
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Mitral regurgitation – acute
  • Mitral stenosis
  • Mitral valve surgery – open
  • Noonan syndrome
  • Patent ductus arteriosus
  • Patent foramen ovale
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric heart surgery
  • Pulmonary atresia
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary valve stenosis
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Total anomalous pulmonary venous return
  • Transposition of the great arteries
  • Tricuspid atresia
  • Tricuspid regurgitation
  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Turner syndrome
  • Ventricular septal defect

Publications

2018 World journal for pediatric & congenital heart surgery

Grants

Jul 2018 ACTIVE
STeroids to REduce Systemic inflammation after neonatal heart Surgery (STRESS Trial) "Study"
DUKE UNIV · Principal Investigator
Nov 2015 ACTIVE
SYNCARDIA 50CC TEMPORARY TOTAL ARTIFICIAL HEART (TAH-T) ASA BRIDGE TO TRANSPLANT (BTT)
SYNCARDIA SYSTEMS · Principal Investigator
Jul 2015 – Jun 2018
CMS Comprehensive Cardiac Care Program
FL DEPT OF HLTH CHILDRENS MED SERVS · Principal Investigator
Oct 2013 – Oct 2016
SynCardia Continued Access
SYNCARDIA SYSTEMS · Principal Investigator
Nov 2012 – Nov 2017
EXCOR Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device Post Approval Study
BERLIN HEART INC · Principal Investigator

Education

Fellowship – Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
1999-2000 · University of California
Residency – Thoracic Surgery
1996-1999 · University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Residency – General Surgery
1989-1996 · Harbor – UCLA Medical Center
MD
1985-1989 · University of California, San Diego
Bachelor of Science
1981-1985 · Cornell University

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 273-5422
Emails:
Business:
bleiweis@ufl.edu
Addresses:
Mailing:
DEPT OF PEDIATRICS
PO BOX 100296
GAINESVILLE FL 326100296
Physical:
PO Box 100296
GAINESVILLE FL 32610