Featured Profile

Lauren Kane, MD

“I feel so lucky to have found a career that I am so passionate about, taking care of people born with congenital heart defects that require surgical repair. From newborns to adults, it is a privilege to share in their journey and to touch their hearts as they have a profound impact on me.” (quote continues below)

“I also have been given the opportunity to give back by mentoring young women and men interested in becoming the best doctor they can be and some even into the field of cardiothoracic surgery. I hope I can help pave the way for more people to pursue their passion, no matter the road that takes them in medicine.”

Lauren C. Kane, MD, FACS, FACC, is a cardiac surgeon specializing in congenital heart conditions with The Heart Center at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. She also serves as an associate professor at the University of Central Florida Medical School. Dr. Kane earned her medical degree from the University of Texas in Houston and her BS in microbiology from the University of Texas in Arlington, graduating cum laude.  Dr. Kane completed her residency in general surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas. She completed a fellowships in cardiothoracic surgery at Emory University in Atlanta and congenital heart surgery at the University of Southern California Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. In 2018, Dr. Kane participated in the American Association for Thoracic Surgery and Women and Thoracic Surgery’s prestigious Leadership Academy. She also received the Carolyn Reed Traveling Scholarship, an award enabling her to visit India, Japan and England to gain international surgical experience. She’s an active member of WTS leadership, serving as Vice President at the time of her nomination as a Featured Thoracic Surgeon.


As highlighted in her nomination from Dr. Swanson:

“Dr Kane is an accomplished congenital surgeon, mentor and is involved in cardiac leadership. She is an amazing promoter of those around her. She cares for her patients and their families. She is a surgeon educator.”