New Mechanical Circulatory Support Devices
Synopsis of My Clinical Research
My clinical research revolves around examining ways and means to improve results and outcomes in patients with advanced heart and lung failure. Specifically, our group has described the use of artificial lungs to support patients to lung transplantation, predictors of rejection after lung transplantation, and how to manage patients who have high levels of circulating antibodies prior to lung transplantation. We are also examining novel ways to support critically ill patients, and are especially interested in patient populations that have previously not been thought to be candidates for surgical therapy. We are also exploring new surgical techniques and approaches in the hope of achieving better outcomes in patients with critical heart and lung failure. Specifically, the use of short term devices to bridge critically ill patients to permanent left ventricular assist devices; how to increase the donor pool for heart transplantation; and the addition of mitral valve repair to LVAD implantation.