Chief, Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
Surgical Director, Pediatric Heart Transplant
Member, Medical Executive Committee, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
Member, Memorial Physician Group Advisory Board
As Chief of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, I treat all pediatric cardiac disease, and congenital heart disease in both children and adults. I perform conventional heart surgery to repair congenital heart defects and heart valve problems that might be acquired in children. I’m also Surgical Director of the hospital’s Heart Transplant and Heart Failure Program, and perform heart transplantation and surgeries to implant mechanical circulatory assist devices, which are artificial heart pumps.
One of the areas I’m most passionate about is tissue regeneration research. At Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, we have been studying extracellular matrix and valve construction for valve replacement in children, and are actively participating in funded research related to these valve constructs.
My patients and their well-being are my top priority. Parents always thank me and our team, but all we do is fix their child’s heart. The children are the real heroes. I draw a huge amount of inspiration from what I see these kids go through every day. I’ve always loved children, and being able to give life, prolong life and improve the quality of life of children with congenital heart defects is immensely gratifying. It’s amazing to know that you’ve given a child years of good quality of life and helped ensure that they have the best chance to grow into adulthood.
I’m a member of the Board of Directors of the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation, whose mission is to secure philanthropic funding to support the hospital, and I serve as president of the Board of Directors of the American Heart and Stroke Association’s South Florida affiliate. I’m also honored to have volunteered on multiple international mission trips to perform heart surgery in children around the world.
When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and four children, who bring me great joy. I’m a fan of cars, fishing, boating, the outdoors and winter sports.
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