Dr. Sara J. Pereira

Associate Professor
Program Co-director, Pre-College Research Internship for Students from Minority Backgrounds (PRISM)

Areas of Interest
adult cardiac surgery, reoperative cardiac surgery, valve surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery


After her fellowship at UAB roughly 10 years ago, Dr. Sara J. Pereira has returned to the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery as an associate professor.

Dr. Pereira is a Northern California native. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and the University of California Irvine School of Medicine in 1997. She completed her residency in general surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2002 and a fellowship in thoracic surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2005.

Dr. Pereira has returned to the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery after nearly 10 years in private practice in Colorado. She specializes in all aspects of adult cardiac surgery and enjoys re-operative surgery, aortic surgery and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. She looks forward to resident teaching and advancing the thoracic residency program at UAB. Her research interests include quality improvement and clinical outcomes in adult cardiac surgery. She is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.

She and her husband, Keith Sullivan, have two daughters, ages 7 and 9. Pereira enjoys running and mountain biking.

Selected Publications

SJ Pereira and JA Narrod, “Repair of Pulmonary Artery Injury after Blunt Trauma,” Ann Thorac Surg. 87(3):939-40, 2009.

TM Burch, MF Davidson, SJ Pereira, “TEE Guidance of Central Venous Line Placement in patients with an Intracardiac Thrombus Traversing and Straddling a Patient Foramen Ovale,” Anesth Analg. 106(3): 769-70, 2008.

A Bryant, SJ Pereira, DL Miller, RJ Cerfolio, “A Satellite Pulmonary Nodule is a Subset of T4 Disease that should not be staged as IIIB Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer,” Ann Thor Surg 82(5):1808-14, 2006.

VG Nielsen, BL Steenwyk, WQ Gurley, SJ Pereira, WA Lell, JK Kirklin, “Argatroban, Bilvalirudin, and Lepirudin do not Decrease Clot Propagation and Strength as Effectively as Heparin-activated Antithrombin,” J Heart Lung Transplant 25(6): 653-63, 2006.

SJ Pereira, “Cardiac Surgery” and “Carcinoma of the Lung”; section editor: Mont Reid Handbook, fifth edition, Mosby, Inc, 2004.

DP O’Brien, SJ Pereira, FA Luchette, E Lim, CS Seeskin, K Davis Jr., JM Hurst, JA Johannigman, SB Frame. Pelvic Fracture in the Elderly is Associated with Increased Mortality. Surgery 132(4): 710-4, 2002.

SJ Pereira, DP O’Brien, FA Luchette, KA Choe, E Lim, K Davis, JM Hurst, JJ Johannigman, SB Frame. Dynamic Helical CT Scan Accurately Detects Hemorrhage in Patients with Pelvic Fracture. Surgery 128(4): 678-685, 2000.

CJ MacArthur, S Pereira. Pediatric Otolaryngologic Manifestations of Escobar (Multiple Pterygium) Syndrome. Int. J. Pediatr. Otorhinolaryngol. 34: 135-140, 1996.


Medical School
University of California at Irvine, College of Medicine

University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio


University of Alabama at Birmingham
Cardiothoracic Surgery


Campus Address
Tinsley Harrison Tower, Room 712

(205) 996-7019