Date: Thursday, Jan. 12, 8:30-10am
Location: Blake campus, Bovey
A virtual option is also available.

Dr. Benjamin Sun

This edition of the popular Breakfast at Blake speaker series features Dr. Benjamin Sun. A complimentary breakfast is included. Register here by Monday, Jan. 9.

Dr. Sun is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist and the surgical director of heart failure at Allina Health in Minneapolis. He was the recent past chair of cardiothoracic surgery at the Minneapolis Heart Institute and the Ohio State University Medical Center. He has been practicing for 33 years.

Dr. Sun graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Science in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. He received his medical degree at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1989. He did his general surgery residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his cardiothoracic surgery training at Columbia University where he specialized in cardiac transplantation and mechanical support. He has over 100 published manuscripts and book chapters and remains active in clinical research and teaching.

Dr. Sun is the proud father of two Blake alumni, Brandon ʼ19 and Melanie ʼ21, and current Blake student Matthew ʼ24. He lives with his wife Mabel Wong-Sun in Eden Prairie.

During his talk, Cyborgs, Pigs and a Heart Beating in a Box: Is this the Future of Heart Failure Surgery?, he will explain how surgery for the failing heart has quietly evolved in directions once thought to be science fiction. A surprising number of people in our community have been touched by the innovations we will be discussing. Among other things, he will also discuss Heart in a Box therapy, a promising innovation that is expected to provide hope for the more than 3,400 patients awaiting heart transplants in the U.S.


Please contact Tracy Patil at or call 952-988-3440 with any registration questions.