Mark Plunkett, MD
Mark D. Plunkett, MD
Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Accepting New Patients
Mark Plunkett, MD
Mark D. Plunkett, MD
Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Accepting New Patients


Care for each child as if they were your own; Care for each patient as if they were family


Dr. Plunkett received his Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University and his Medical Degree at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He completed his Residency training in General and Cardiothoracic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center. He also received subspecialty Fellowship training in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery and Cardiac Transplantation at UCLA Medical Center. His career began at the University of Illinois and the Children's Hospital of Illinois at OSF Medical Center where he performed heart surgery on children and adults for three years prior to being recruited back to UCLA. He was an Associate Professor of Surgery and Program Director for the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency and Fellowship Training Programs at UCLA for ten years. He then served as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Director of the Pediatric Heart Program at the University of Kentucky for five years. Prior to his recent recruitment back to the Children's Hospital of Illinois and the University of Illinois, College of Medicine, he was an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. Dr. Plunkett's clinical career has spanned 20 years and he has performed more than 4000 cardiothoracic surgical procedures with excellent outcomes and an overall operative mortality of less than 3 percent. He has performed many of the most complex heart operations on newborn babies, older children with congenital heart defects, and adults with congenital heart disease. In addition, he has performed over 200 heart transplants in children and adults and has experience with the implantation numerous mechanical heart support devices and the Total Artificial Heart. Dr. Plunkett is actively involved in local and national committees and editorial boards. He is a thought leader in the field of congenital heart surgery with significant research and academic contributions throughout his career. His work is widely published and he has been recognized with numerous academic honors and teaching awards. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and is one of approximately 160 heart surgeons in the US that are Board Certified in Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.




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Primary Location

OSF Children's Hospital of Illinois - Congenital Heart Center
420 Northeast Glen Oak Avenue Suite 301
Peoria IL 61603

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  • Aetna
  • Aetna Better Health
  • Aetna Medicare
  • Aetna MMAI
  • Alliance
  • BCBS IL Blue Choice Preferred
  • BCBS IL Med Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Caterpillar PPO
  • Cigna
  • Cofinity
  • Corvel
  • Employer's Coalition on Health (ECOH)
  • Health Alliance
  • Health Alliance Medicare
  • HealthLink
  • Healthsmart/PPI, Inc./IHG
  • HFN 10 HFN 20
  • HFN CHC-Elite
  • Humana Commercial
  • Humana Medicare
  • Humana MMAI
  • Meridian Medicaid
  • Meridian MMAI
  • Molina Medicaid
  • Molina MMAI
  • Multiplan
  • OSF Direct Access Network
  • Private Healthcare Systems
  • United Healthcare Commercial Plans
  • United Healthcare Medicare
  • Wellcare Medicare
  • Youthcare Medicaid