Professor of Surgery; Division of Congenital Heart Surgery
Department of Surgery; Medical College of Wisconsin; Milwaukee; Wisconsin; USA
Dr Viktor Hraska is a professor of surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, USA. Dr Hraska earned his MD from the Comenius University in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. He trained at the Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases and then in cardiac surgery at the Children’s Hospital, both in Bratislava, before completing his cardiac surgery training at Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts, USA. During the last 20 years, he has served as the surgeon-in-chief of several pediatric cardiac surgical programs, first at Children’s Hospital Bratislava in Slovakia, then at the University Hospital Eppendorf in Hamburg, Germany, and at the German Pediatric Heart Center Sankt Augustin in Germany and finally he served as the chief of the Division of Congenital Heart Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the surgical director of the Herma Heart Institute at the Children’s Wisconsin.
Dr Hraska’s clinical interest is in complex neonatal and infant surgery, including valve reconstructions, anatomic correction of complex conotruncal malformations such as corrected transposition of the great arteries, and alternative brain perfusion techniques during arch reconstructions. He is a member of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, the European Congenital Heart Surgeons Association, the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.He serves as an associated editor of the World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery. Dr Hraska regularly lectures worldwide on pediatric cardiac surgery topics and has published extensively, including books, book chapters, and articles.