Athanasuleas Constantine Cardiothoracic


Areas of Interest
coronary artery bypass, aortic surgery and valvular surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery


A native of Chicago, Dr. Athanasuleas received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and completed medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine in 1975. He completed his general surgical training at Stanford University and his cardiothoracic training at Stanford University under the direction of Dr. Norman Shumway. Following residency, Dr. Athanasuleas relocated to Birmingham, Ala., joining the multi-specialty Norwood Clinic, and the medical staff of Carraway Methodist Medical Center, where he operated from 1982 until the closing of that hospital in 2008. Dr. Athanasuleas was appointed as professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UAB in April, 2008.  He also operates at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital in Florence, Ala.

Dr. Athanasuleas’s interests include surgery for ischemic cardiomyopathy, having visited and instructed surgeons around the country in the technique of surgical ventricular restoration for dilated cardiomyopathy. He organized and reported a multi-center study of this operation and is recognized as a leader in the field. Dr. Athanasuleas performs all types of adult cardiac surgical operation including coronary artery bypass, aortic surgery and valvular surgery including minimally invasive methods.

Selected Publications

Buckberg GD, Athanasuleas CL. Left ventricular dysfunction after mitral valve repair: Predetermined or caused. J of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surg. 2015 Mar; 149(3): 940.

Athanasuleas CL, Buckberg GD. Surgical ventricular restoration. Where do we go from here? Heart Failure Reviews, 2015. 20 (1): p. 89-93. PubMed PMID: 24833317.

Bhaya M, Sudhakar, S; Sadat K., Beniwal, R., Joshi, D., George, J., Nanda, N., Buckberg, G., Athanasuleas, CL.: Effects of antegrade versus integrated blood cardioplegia on left ventricular function evaluated by echocardiographic real-time
3-dimensional speckle tracking. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, 2014. Nov. 21 S022-5223. PMID 25623902

Hsaad AH, Bleich S, Nanda NC, Athanasuleas CL. Transesophageal echocardiographic diagnosis of brochopulmonary vein fistula complicating mitral valve replacement. Echocardiography. 2013 August; 30(7):850-2. doi: 10.1111/echo.12258. Epub 2013 May 28. PubMed PMID: 23710713.

Buckberg GD, Athanasuleas CL, Conte J. Surgical ventricular restoration for the treatment of heart failure. Nat Rev Cardiol. 2012 Dec; 9(12); 703-16. doi: 10.1038/nrcardio.2012. Epub 2012. Nov 13. Review. PubMed PMID 23149831

Alston EA, Brott BC, Misra VK (deceased), Athanasuleas CL, Anderson PG, Litovsky SH. Histologic analysis of a covered stent implanted for pseudo-aneurysm in a coronary artery. Cardiovascular Pathology 2013 May-Jun:22(3) e19-e21. PMCID PMC3696578.

Buckberg GD, Hoffman JL, Nanda NC, Coghlan C, Saleh S, Athanasuleas CL. Ventricular torsion and untwisting: Further insights into mechanics and timing interdependence: A Viewpoint. Echocardiography 2011 Aug:28(7):782-804.

Karfis EA, Kontogiorgi P, Papadopoulos G, Tzimas P, Seferiadis C, Athanasuleas CL, Anagnostopoulos CE, Drossos G. Cardiac valve surgery and myocardial damage: the role of cardiac troponin. J Cardiovasc Surg 2010; 51:409-15.

Book Chapters

Athanasuleas CL, Buckberg GD. “Myocardial Protection.” The Johns Hopkins Textbook of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Second Ed. Yuh D, Vricella L, Yang S and Doty J. New York: McGraw Hill 2014. 359-369.

Athanasuleas CL, Buckberg GD. “Myocardial Protection: Why and How?” Complications in Cardiothoracic Surgery 2nd Edition: Avoidance and Treatment. Ed. Little AG, Merrill, WH. Wiley-Blackwell. 10/2009. 143-157.

Athanasuleas CL, Buckberg GD. “Myocardial Protection and Cardioplegia.” Cardiopulmonary Bypass. Ed. Ghosh S, Falter F, Cook DJ. Cambridge University Press. 2009. 80-91.

Aziz S, Athanasuleas CL, Raman J. “Left Ventricular Reconstruction in Ischemic Cardiomyopathy.” Management of Heart Failure. Ed. Raman J. London: Springer-Verlag. 2008. 137-151.

Athanasuleas CL, Buckberg GD. “Surgical Restoration of the Postinfarction Dilated Ventricle.” Heart Failure Clinics. Ed. Narula J, Buckberg GD, Khandheria BK, Baliga RR, Young JB. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders. 2008. 361-370.

Athanasuleas CL, Buckberg GD. “Myocardial Protection.” The John Hopkins Manual of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Ed. Yuh D, Vricella L, Baumgartner, W. New York: McGraw Hill. 2006. 387-396

Athanasuleas CL, Buckberg GD. “Left Ventricular Reconstruction.” Mastery of Cardiothoracic Surgery Ed. Kaiser LR, Kron IL, Spray TL. sixth edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven, 2005. 479-493.

Athanasuleas CL, Buckberg GD. "Myocardial Protection.” Mastery of Cardiothoracic Surgery Ed. Kaiser LR, Kron IL, Spray TL. sixth edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven, 2005. 315-325.


Medical School
Pritzker School of Medicine

Stanford University
General Surgery

Stanford University
Chief Resident, Thoracic Surgery

Contact Information



Campus Address
THT 729