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Surgery / Cardiothoracic Surgery

Pirooz Eghtesady, MD, PhD

Current Position
Chief, Section of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine
Cardiothoracic Surgeon-in-Chief
St. Louis Children's Hospital


Specialty Areas
Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Cardiac Surgery
Congenital Heart Disease in Children
Pediatric Lung Transplant

Patients Seen At
St Louis Children's Hospital
One Children's Place, Suite 5 South, Fifth Floor
St Louis, MO  63110
314-454-6165
Fax:   314-454-2381
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Areas of Clinical Interest
pediatric heart surgery, congenital heart conditions, pediatric lung surgery, closure of atrial or ventricular septal defects, repair of AV canal, repair of tetralogy of Fallot, Norwood procedure, Ross procedure, Fontan procedure, Glenn shunt procedure, repair of coarctation of the aorta, pediatric heart transplant, neonatal Blalock-Taussig shunt procedure, slide tracheoplasty

Areas of Research Interest
Research focuses on the pathogenesis of congenital heart diseases, with particular emphasis on aortic stenosis and hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

Board Certification
Congenital Heart Surgery -- Certified
General Surgery -- Certified
Thoracic Surgery -- Certified

Medical Education
PhD: Molecular Biology and Immunology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1993
Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1993
Residency: General Surgery, Stanford University Hospital, San Francisco, CA, 1998
Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Marie Lannelongue Hospital, Paris, France, 1999
Fellowship: Cardiovascular Surgery, Maire Lannelongue Hospital, Paris, France, 1999
Residency: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 2001
Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, University of California San Francisco/ Stanford University, CA, 2002
Hospital Affiliations
St. Louis Children's Hospital

Selected or Recent Journal Articles
Miller JR, Lancaster TS, Eghtesady P. Current approaches to device implantation in pediatric and congenital heart disease patients. Expert Rev Cardiovasc Ther. 2015 Apr;13(4):417-27.

Hoganson DM, Boston U, Gazit AZ, Canter CE, Eghtesady P. Successful bridge through transplantation with berlin heart ventricular assist device in a child with failing Fontan. Ann Thorac Surg 2015 Feb;99(2):707-9

Gay JC, Agarwal R, Auger KA, Del Beccaro MA, Eghtesady P et al Rates and impact of potentially preventable readmissions at Children’s Hospitals.  J. Pediatr. 2015 Mar; 166(3):613-619

Bowermaster R, Miller M, Ashcraft T, Boyd M, Brar A, Manning P, Eghtesady P. Application of the aviation black box principle in pediatric cardiac surgery: tracking all failures in the pediatric cardiac operating room. J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2015 Feb; 220(2):149-155

Miller JR, Eghtesady P. Ventricular assist device use in congenital heart disease with a comparison to heart transplant. J. Comp. Eff. Res. 2014 3(5), 533–546.

Hoganson DM, Boston U, Manning P, Eghtesady P. The surgical pre-brief as part of a five point comprehensive approach to improving pediatric cardiac surgical team communication. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg 2014 Oct;5(4):640-2.

Sparks JD, Boston U, Eghtesady P, Canter CE. B-type natriuretic peptides trends after pediatric heart transplantation.  Pediatr Transplant. 2014 Aug;18(5):477-84.

Szafranski P, Dharmadhikari AV, Wambach JA, Towe CT, White FV, Grady RM, Eghtesady P, Cole FS, Deutsch G, Sen P, Stankiewicz P.  Two deletions overlapping a distant FOXF1 enhancer unravel the role of IncRNA LINC0108 in etiology of alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins. Am. J. Med. Genet. 2014 Aug;164A(8):2013-9.

Hoganson DM, Gazit AZ, Boston US, Sweet SC, Grady RM, Huddleston CB, Eghtesady P. Paracorporeal lung assist devices as a bridge to recovery or lung transplantation in neonates and young children. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2014 Jan:147(1):420-7.

Poynter JA, Williams WG, McIntyre S, Brothers JA, Jacobs, ML; Congenital Heart Surgeons Society AAOCA Working Group Collaborators. Anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery: a report from the congenital heart surgeons society registry. J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg 2014 Jan 1; 5(1):22-30

Simpson KE, Esmaeeli A, Khanna G, White F, Turnmelle Y, Eghtesady P, Boston U, Canter CE. Liver cirrhosis in Fontan patients does not affect 1-year post-heart transplant mortality or markers of liver function. J Heart Lung Transplant 2014 Feb:33(2):170-7.

Heidari-Bateni G, Norouzi S, Hall M, Brar A, Eghtesady P. Defining the best practice patterns for the neonatal systemic-to-pulmonary artery shunt procedure. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2014:147(3):869-873.

Hoganson DM, Gazit AZ, Boston US, Sweet SC, Grady RM, Huddleston CB, Eghtesady P. Paracorporeal lung assist device as a bridge to recovery or lung transplantation in neonates and young children. J. Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Jan 147(1):420-6.

Eghtesady P, Almond CS, Tjossem C, Epstein D, Imamura M, Turrentine M, Tweddell J, Jaquiss RD, Canter C; Berlin Heart Investigators. Post-transplant outcomes of children bridged to transplant with the Berlin Heart EXCOR Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device. Circulation. 2013 Sep 10:128 (11 Suppl 1):S24-31.

Poynter JA, Eghtesady P, McCrindle BW, Walters HL 3rd, Kirshbom PM, Blackstone EH, Husain SA, Overman DM, Austin EH, Karamlou T, Lodge AJ, St Louis JD, Gruber PJ, Ziemer G, Davies RR, Jacobs JP, Brown JW, Williams WG, Tchervenkov CI, Jacobs ML, Caldarone CA; Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society. Association of Pulmonary Conduit type and size with durability in infants and young children. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Nov;96(5):1695-701; discussion 1701-2.




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