Can Yerebakan, M.D., is a pediatric heart surgeon with Children’s National Health System and associate professor of surgery and pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences.
He specializes in hybrid treatment of hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) and he is internationally recognized for his contributions to the field of congenital cardiac surgery. Dr. Yerebakan comes to Children's National from the prestigious Pediatric Heart Center Giessen in Germany, where he served as cardiac surgeon and associate professor of cardiac surgery at the Justus-Liebig-University.
He has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers in three different languages and has given numerous presentations on congenital cardiac surgery around the world. In addition to several awards for his research, Dr. Yerebakan was recognized by the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery with a prestigious award for his work on experimental animal models for congenital heart surgery in 2009. His research interests also include alternative treatment for dilated cardiomyopathy in children.
Dr. Yerebakan serves as assistant editor of the Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Journal and Multimedia Manual Cardiothoracic Surgery Journal, both of which are top peer-reviewed journals of the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
He earned a medical degree from Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany. He completed his residency in cardiac surgery at two premier centers in Germany followed by a fellowship in pediatric cardiac surgery at Children's National.
Dr. Yerebakan’s goal as a pediatric cardiac surgeon is to introduce alternative, minimally-invasive procedures for the treatment of children with heart disease. He feels fortunate to dedicate his life and career to providing a healthy future for his patients.