Keeping a stick on the ice

Dr. Daniel DiBardino
is a double board-certified physician in both adult and congenital cardiothoracic surgery – in other words, he fixes hearts and where they live – both big and small.

“Every heart is precious and I understand the enormous responsibility of caring for every inch of this important organ,” Dr. DiBardino explains, “that’s why I’m so passionate about providing the most advanced surgical care to all patients with heart disease.”

Using extensive training from some of the best centers in the U.S. including Harvard Medical School and the University of Michigan, Dr. DiBardino works with Dr. Domenico Calcaterra, the Chief of Cardiothoracic Care at HCMC, to provide cutting edge care to patients such as valve repair and replacement, coronary bypass surgery, ECMO, and cardiothoracic trauma care. He’s also currently completing advanced training at the Minneapolis Heart Institute in minimally invasive valve surgery and heart transplant surgery.
In 2010, Dr. DiBardino practiced at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he was featured in an episode of the TV series, Boston Med. But “Dr. DiBar” (as he was called on the show) feels right at home here in the State of Hockey – both on and off the ice. That’s right, he plays the sport and has already connected with some colleagues to chase pucks.

Ashley and Daniel DiBardino

“I’ve been playing hockey for 30 years, including in areas where it’s not as popular,” he says. “It’s great to be able to live and work in Minnesota where everyone knows the game and there are so many opportunities to skate, watch hockey and be a hockey fan.”

Dr. DiBardino and his wife, Ashley, live in the Mill District/North Loop area of Minneapolis with their Papillon-mix dog, Gizmo. When he’s not working (or skating), Dr. DiBardino enjoys lifting weights at the gym, taking Gizmo for walks, and finding new places to eat out for dinner. For more information about Dr. DiBardino, check out the recent blog written by Dr. David Hilden after Dr. DiBardino was a guest on his radio show. The post can be found at

Gizmo DiBardino


The Hennepin EMS Generals Hockey Team will be playing this Saturday, March 3, in the Cystic Fibrosis – Checking for Cystic Fibrosis Public Safety Hockey Tournament.  This is the 3rd year of the tournament that was started by a former Hennepin EMS Paramedic Andrew Peter. The tournament will take place at the Schwan’s Super Rink of the National Sports Center in Blaine (1700 105th Avenue NE) off of Hwy 65 and 105th Avenue NE. These are the times and teams your Generals will be playing:

Saturday, March 3rd

Game 1 – Generals vs. St. Paul PD Blues. Game time is 8 AM on Rink #7.

Game 2 – Generals vs. Excelsior FD. Game time is 12:40 PM on Rink #7.

Game 3 – Generals vs. Rum River. Game time is 4:10 PM on Rink #7.

This is a 2-day tournament, Sunday is the championship round games that will be starting at 9 AM.  Those teams are based on Saturday’s performances. Come out and cheer on your Generals Hockey Team this weekend.  If you would like to make a tax deductable donation to Cystic Fibrosis, please use the following link.