Anthony Azakie has spent his career repairing the tiniest of broken hearts.
Last month, the Carmel resident joined Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital as chief of pediatric cardiovascular surgery and medical director of its congenital heart program.
“If you repair a congenital heart defect, there’s this tremendous immediate gratification and a huge impact on improving the lives of kids and their families,” Azakie said. “I wanted to be a part of something that gave (patients) an opportunity to have full lives and for that surgery to be transformative and impactful.”
Azakie has operated on patients before they even left the womb to those nearing adulthood. One of his most memorable career moments happened at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital – his last stop before joining PMCH – when he separated the hearts of conjoined twins.
“Separating conjoined twins is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, so it was really exciting to be a part of a team that contributed to the successful separation of the heart,” Azakie said. “It was a very unique experience, and both girls did remarkably well.”
Azakie earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at McGill University in Montreal and completed residencies and fellowships at the University of California San Francisco and University of Toronto. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery.
Azakie said he moved to Carmel with his wife and daughter for many reasons.
“There are plenty of outdoor activities,” he said. “The neighbors are kind, the neighborhoods are safe and the schools are great. It’s family friendly and I think it’s an excellent place to raise kids.”