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Dawn Jaroszewski, MD

“When someone asks me at work ‘How as your day?’, I always think to myself: ‘Today I had the opportunity to change someone’s life for the better!’  That is a great day and an awesome reality check of how fortunate I am to do what I do.”

Dr. Jarozsewski is a Professor of Surgery at the Mayo Clinic, Phoenix. She is a world leader in the surgical repair of chest wall deformities, including pectus excavatum. In her highly viewed TED talk, she shares her journey from high school social-misfit to successful businesswoman, and ultimately a world-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon. She discusses ground-breaking innovations she developed to modify a surgical procedure that was once thought to be applicable only to children, which can now be life changing for almost any adult. Her many awards and recognitions include V. Johnson Scholarship for Outstanding Surgical Clinical Performance; Outstanding Performance in the Medicine Clerkship -University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation from AMWA; and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.


She was nominated by Dr. Jennifer Sullivan, who states:

“I have had the pleasure to interact with Dawn Jaroszewski at various courses on chest wall reconstruction as well as doing a site visit to observe some of her cases of adult pectus surgeries. She is happy to share her experiences (by sending you her videos, providing you a copy of her OR preference card), help review a case for you and give insight in how she has used social media to expand her practice. While adult pectus surgery is a small part of everything that thoracic surgery can cover, she has taken on complex cases and made advances for adult Nuss procedures. Her patients express their gratitude to now being able to climb mountains and have more adventure in life without gasping for air. Dr. Jaroszewski is one of the female thoracic surgeons who inspire me with their successful practices and then balance a personal life showing love for her friends and her family.”