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Kenton J. Zehr, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery

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Overall Satisfaction
4.9 out of 5
13 Ratings


Medical School: Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA
Internship and Residency: (General Surgery) The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Fellowships: (Aortic Root Surgery and Thoracic Organ Transplantation) Harefield Hospital, Harefield, Middlesex, United Kingdom; (Cardiothoracic Surgery) The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Medical Specialties

The Inflammatory Response to Extracorporeal Circuits, Aortic Root and Aortic Aneurysm Surgery, Repair Techniques for the Aortic and Mitral Valves, Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest, Mechanical Assistance for the Failing Heart and Lungs, Device Development


American Association of Thoracic Surgery, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery, International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation

DMC Hospital Affiliation

DMC Heart Hospital, Harper University Hospital, Detroit Receiving Hospital, DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital, DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital


Dr. Kenton Zehr specializes in aortic root and aortic aneurysm surgery, repair techniques for the aortic and mitral valves, and mechanical assistance for the failing heart and lungs. Dr. Zehr has a strong interest in the development of mechanical devices to assist the heart and lungs, and holds several device patents.

Dr. Zehr joined the faculty at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., concentrating on clinical surgery. He then spent two years as the Chief of Cardiac Surgery, Associate Director of the Heart, Lung, and Esophageal Institute at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and Professor of Surgery before becoming chief of cardiothoracic surgery, director of the Center for Aortic Disease at Scott and White Clinic and professor of surgery at Texas A & M University, Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine.

Over his career, Dr. Zehr has had a long-standing interest in international education. He has conducted operative workshops in Russia, India, and Iran. He has been a contributor in the development and growth of the Perm Heart Institute, Perm, Russia and was named Honorary Professor. The program has grown from 50 cases to over 3,000 open-heart procedures per year in its first decade. He took a year from his USA practice to operate in Perm full-time in 2008 and served as director of education. Dr. Zehr has been recognized for his teaching abilities and was awarded the Anthony L. Imbembo Surgical Residents Teaching Award from the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Faculty Teaching Award from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Zehr has served as an advisor to several mechanical assist device companies. He has been a peer reviewer for Circulation, the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, American Journal of Cardiology, European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and the Journal of Heart Valve Disease, and served 5 years on the editorial board of the journal Chest. He is author of over 130 publications and 11 book chapters covering nearly the entire gamut of acquired adult cardiac surgical diseases.


  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Aortic Dissections
  • Aortic Root Replacement
  • Aortic Surgery
  • Aortic Valve Repair
  • Aortic Valve Sparing Root Replacement
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiopulmonary Transplant
  • Coronary Bypass Surgery
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Valvular Heart Surgery
  • Ventricular Assist Device

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