Jonathan Michael Chen, MD

Jonathan Michael Chen, MD

Cardiac Surgery, Transplantation

On staff since July 2013

Children's Title: Chief, Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery; Co-Director of the Heart Center; Samuel and Althea Stroum Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery

Academic Title: Professor

Research Center: Center for Developmental Therapeutics

"Devoting my career to congenital cardiac surgery allows me to make a real difference in the lives of our patients - newborns, infants, children and adults. The care of patients with congenital heart defects is a team sport, and I am excited to be part of a team with such broad expertise. Being part of the vanguard in congenital cardiac care is my inspiration, and the lifelong health and happiness of our patients is truly the reward."

Jonathan Chen, MD says he was drawn to pediatric heart surgery because of the unique opportunity to give children a chance at life. As chief of pediatric cardiovascular surgery and co-director of the Seattle Children's Heart Center, Dr. Chen oversees a team that performs more than 500 surgeries a year, and is the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Chen comes to Seattle Children's from New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he served most recently as the chief of pediatric cardiac surgery and director of pediatric cardiovascular services at the Weill Cornell campus and surgical director of pediatric heart transplantation at the Columbia campus. He was the David Wallace-Starr Foundation Professor of cardiothoracic surgery and pediatrics at Cornell University. Since 2002, Dr. Chen has performed more than 150 heart transplants and is Chair of the Membership and Professional Standards Committee for the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the group that oversees all solid organ transplantation in the United States.

The author of more than 120 papers and 25 book chapters, Dr. Chen's research interests lie in developing ventricular assist devices for infants and children suffering from heart failure. He has been a co-investigator in several research trials with the goal of improving the systems that act as a bridge to transplant, including a National Institutes of Health grant evaluating long-term mechanical ventricular assistance.


  • Patty river edge, nj 05.07.14

    Dr Chen performed a surgery on our 5 week old son who was born with TOF in July of 2012 at Columbia Presbyterian. My family and I are super thankful and will be forever grateful for what he & his staff did for Darian. Dr Chen was always thorough & informative in explaining procedures & what the recovery process would be like. My son is now almost 2 yrs old & is a happy, healthy & totally repaired lil guy. Our hope is to one day have Darian meet and shake hands with the man who saved his life.

  • Katie Lakeside, MT 04.27.14

    Dr. Chen performed surgery on me in October, 2013 in Seattle when I was 17. He was such a blessing to my family and I. I couldn't have asked for a more talented, professional and down to earth surgeon. He genuinely cared about me and I have never felt so much concern from a doctor before. Dr. Chen came to check on me about three times after surgery and even bought me ice cream one day. He truly is an amazing person and I would recommend him to anyone who was faced with having to surgically fix a congenital heart defect. He rocks!

  • Yuliya NY NY 02.14.14

    Dr.Chen is a GREAT Doctor! He performed surgery for me back in august 2012 in Colambia Presb. I thank GOD all the time for sending me Dr Chen! God bless him!

  • Sabrina New York, NY 10.12.13

    Dr. Chen preformed surgery in New York on my 8 year old back in February. I truly know he was a blessing to my daughter and to our family. Seattle is lucky to have him and we wish him the best of luck. Such an amazing and gifted doctor.

  • Wen-Jing Bellevue, WA 98006 07.16.13

    Doctor Jonathan Chen is very awesome and such great. He & his team did a cardiac surgery for my teen boy in earlier this July. I just can not image that we were back home on the 4th day after the operation day. Thank you very much Doctor Chen and his team!


Board Certification(s)

Thoracic Surgery
Congenital Cardiac Surgery

Medical/Professional School

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgery, New York


Surgery - General, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York


Cardiothoracic Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center, New York
Ventricular Assistance - Cardiac Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center, New York
Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, New York

Clinical Interests

Complex congenital heart surgery, neonatal cardiac surgery, adult congenital heart surgery, mechanical ventricular assistance for children, heart transplantation