Dr. Mark Plunkett is a leading Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgeon at the Congenital Heart Center of the Children's Hospital of Illinois, and a visiting professor of surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He has over 24 years of experience in medical training, and hands-on expertise in a variety of medical specialties. Dr. Plunkett has received educational training, hands-on surgical fellowships, and been employed at some of the finest medical centers, institutions, and universities in the country, including Duke University and the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Mark Plunkett has been the recipient of multiple awards in his field and specialties, as well as been instrumental and public in the medical community of the latest breakthrough in heart transplant transportation, the “heart in a box”, which promotes the continued functioning of the heart during transport for heart transplantation.
Dr. Plunkett has several degrees from and served fellowships at some of the finest medical higher education institutions in the country. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Duke University and a degree in medicine from the University of North Carolina. He completed his residency in General Surgery at UNC as well. He then spent the next 10+ years becoming accredited in the following specialties: Thoracic Surgery, Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Heart and Lung Transplant Surgery, and Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery, and Cardiovascular Disease.
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Along with his tireless work at some of the most prestigious and respected universities and medical associations, Dr. Mark Plunkett also finds time to work with various volunteer groups and non profit organziations. These organizations include:
Corazon de Esperanza
Dr. Mark Plunkett frequently goes on missions with Corazon de Esperanza. The goal of this group is “to provide hope to orphaned children, at-risk teens and impoverished women of Northern Peru through the support of orphanages, schools, youth and women’s programs, short term mission trips and volunteer programs”.
International Children’s’ Heart Foundation (ICHF)
Working with ICHF, Dr. Mark Plunkett has used his passion for helping others and medical expertise to cure and care for children with congenital heart disease in developing nations.
Camp Del Corazon
Dr. Plunkett has also made a great impact working with the charity and mission group Camp Del Corazon. This summer camp on Catalina Island was established for children with heart disease. Dr. Plunkett and other volunteers provided medical supervision so these children can enjoy their time at summer camp.