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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

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. 2013 Oct 25.

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. 2013 Dec 8.

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.

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.

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.

Wahr JA, Prager RL, Abernathy JH 3rd, Martinez EA, Salas E, Seifert PC, Groom RC, Spiess BD, Searles BE, Sundt TM 3rd, Sanchez JA, Shappell SA, Culig MH, Lazzara EH, Fitzgerald DC, Thourani VH, Eghtesady P, Ikonomidis JS, England MR, Sellke FW, Nussmeier NA; American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia, Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing, and Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research. Patient safety in the cardiac operating room: human factors and teamwork: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2013 Sep 3.

Boston US, Fehr J, Gazit AZ, Eghtesady P. Paracorporeal lung assist device: an innovative surgical strategy for bridging to lung transplant in an infant with severe pulmonary hypertension caused by alveolar capillary dysplasia. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013 Oct.

Eghtesady P, Brar AK, Hall M. Prioritizing quality improvement in pediatric cardiac surgery. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013 Mar.

Ngamprasertwong P, Michelfelder EC, Arbabi S, Choi YS, Statile C, Ding L, Boat A, Eghtesady P, Holland K, Sadhasivam S. Anesthetic techniques for fetal surgery: effects of maternal anesthesia on intraoperative fetal outcomes in a sheep model. Anesthesiology. 2013 Apr.

Hoganson DM, Gazit AZ, Sweet SC, Grady RM, Huddleston CB, Eghtesady P. Neonatal paracorporeal lung assist device for respiratory failure. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Feb.

Assumpção AC, de Oliveira PP, Vilarinho KA, Eghtesady P, Silveira Filho LM, Lavagnoli CF, Severino ES, Petrucci O. Ventricular pacing threshold after transthoracic external defibrillation with two different waveforms: an experimental study. Europace. 2013 Feb.

Ohye RG, Schonbeck JV, Eghtesady P, Laussen PC, Pizarro C, Shrader P, Frank DU, Graham EM, Hill KD, Jacobs JP, Kanter KR, Kirsh JA, Lambert LM, Lewis AB, Ravishankar C, Tweddell JS, Williams IA, Pearson GD; Pediatric Heart Network Investigators. Cause, timing, and location of death in the Single Ventricle Reconstruction Trial. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 Aug 15.

Ghanayem NS, Allen KR, Tabbutt S, Atz AM, Clabby ML, Cooper DS, Eghtesady P, Frommelt PC, Gruber PJ, Hill KD, Kaltman JR, Laussen PC, Lewis AB, Lurito KJ, Minich LL, Ohye RG, Schonbeck JV, Schwartz SM, Singh RK, Goldberg CS; Pediatric Heart Network Investigators. Interstage mortality after the Norwood procedure: Results of the multicenter Single Ventricle Reconstruction trial. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 Jul 11.

Torina AG, Silveira-Filho LM, Vilarinho KA, Eghtesady P, Oliveira PP, Sposito AC, Petrucci O. Use of modified ultrafiltration in adults undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting is associated with inflammatory modulation and less postoperative blood loss: A randomized and controlled study. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 Sep.

Vilarinho KA, de Oliveira PP, Saad MJ, Eghtesady P, Filho LM, Vieira RW, Petrucci O. Erythropoietin protects the systolic function of neonatal hearts against ischaemia/reperfusion injury. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2012 May 7.


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