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Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, 2011
    Children's National Medical Center
  • Residency Program, Cardiac Surgery, 2010
    University of Rostock
  • Residency Program, Cardiovascular Surgery, 2006
    German Heart Institute
  • MD, 2004
    Albert-Ludwigs Universitat Medical School

National Provider ID: 1649718586


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.

Latus H, Hachmann P, Gummel K, et al. Biventricular response to pulmonary artery banding in children with dilated cardiomyopathy. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2016;35(7):934-938.

Yerebakan C, Valeske K, Elmontaser H, et al. Hybrid therapy for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome – Myth, Alternative or Standard? J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016;151(4):1112-21, 1123.

Wolter A, Nosbüsch S, Kawecki A, et al. Prenatal diagnosis of functionally univentricular heart, associations and perinatal outcomes. Prenat Diagn. 2016;36(6):545-554.

Latus H, Yerebakan C, Akintuerk H, Schranz D. Transcatheter interatrial communications for the treatment of left heart disease: Application in the pediatric population. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2016;35(10):1274-1275.

Yerebakan C, Valeske K, Akintuerk H. Paediatric cardiac transplantation - Better outcome, more challenges and novel alternativesInteract Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2016;23(1):25.

Yerebakan C, Murray J, Valeske K, et al. Long-term results of biventricular repair after initial Giessen hybrid approach for hypoplastic left heart variants. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015;149(4):1112-1122.

Yörüker U, Yerebakan C, Mueller M, Akintürk H. Giant cardiac fibroma leading to cardiac arrest: Surgical resection on the beating heart. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015;150(6):e83-85.

Yildirim O, Ozyuksel A, Avsar M, et al. Mid-term results of congenital supravalvar mitral ring resection. J Card Surg. 2015;30(7):591-594.

Kurkcuoglu M, John AS, Cross R, et al. Should tricuspid annuloplasty be performed with pulmonary valve replacement for pulmonary regurgitation in repaired Tetralogy of Fallot? Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015;27(2):159-165.