I am a pediatric cardiac surgeon at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, where I care for newborns, infants, children, adolescents and adults with complex congenital heart defects. I also perform heart transplantation and surgeries to implant mechanical circulatory assist devices, which are artificial heart pumps.
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I became interested in surgery while in high school, when a prominent surgeon came to speak to my class. The testimonials from his patients really inspired me and showed me how I could make an impact in the world through medicine.
During my training, I became enamored with the physiology and anatomy of the heart. Every congenital heart patient has a different and unique situation, and I enjoy the challenge of finding the best surgical intervention to make my patients’ hearts as strong as they can be.
I look at the process of congenital heart surgery as a journey that I get to go on with each patient and their family. I believe impeccable communication and a strong partnership are just as important to the healing process as the complex techniques I use in the operating room.
As a father myself, I know the trust parents place in me — and the entire Joe DiMaggio team — to care for their children. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to help my patients overcome their health challenges so they can focus on living their life to the fullest.