Undergraduate Degree

  • Yale College , 1968 , New Haven , CT

Medical School

  • Yale University School of Medicine , 1972 , New Haven , CT


  • University of Minnesota Hospital & Clinics , 1973 , Minneapolis , MN


  • University of Minnesota Hospital & Clinics , 1979 , Minneapolis , MN


  • University of Minnesota Hospital & Clinics , 1981 , Minneapolis , MN


Dr. Mayer has served on the faculty of Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School for more than 35 years and is currently a senior associate in cardiac surgery at Boston Children’s and professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. He received his BA degree from Yale College and his medical degree from Yale University Medical School. He completed his general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery training at the University of Minnesota, and following his post-doctoral training, he served in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps prior to coming to Boston in 1984. He is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery with a subspecialty certificate in congenital heart surgery. His primary areas of laboratory research have included preservation of the immature myocardium and cardiovascular tissue engineering. He’s an author on over 400 scientific papers and 30 book chapters. He continues to have an active research laboratory, working toward the development of living tissue replacement valves and conduit arteries using a tissue engineering approach. He also has a long-standing interest in health policy and quality improvement and is current chair of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database task force. He has carried out nearly 7,000 operations for congenital heart disease since 1984.


  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Congenital Heart Surgery