Joseph W. Rossano, MD

Dr. Rossano's aims to improve the lives of children with heart disease through clinical care, research, advocacy, and education. In his role as chief of Cardiology and co-executive director of the Cardiac Center, he leads an outstanding team of physicians, nurses, and allied healthcare professionals in the comprehensive care of children with heart disease and adults with congenital heart disease.

A fundamental tenet throughout Dr. Rossano's career is that research is vital to advancing the care of children. He has more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, recently serving as senior author on studies emanating from his work with the American Red Cross and the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival. One study detailed the importance of bystander CPR and ventilations in pediatric out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. This study was highlighted at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions as one of the top studies in resuscitation.

A major area of clinical and research focus for Dr. Rossano centers on advanced heart failure and mechanical circulatory support. Working with his colleagues, he has established the only comprehensive North American registry for pediatric ventricular assist devices. This collaborative registry is critical to the field of pediatric mechanical circulatory support as even large centers will have relatively modest number of patients.

Another clinical and research interest for Dr. Rossano centers on heart transplantation. He continues his work on risk factors and outcomes in thoracic transplantation including manuscripts from his work as the associate medical director for the International Thoracic Transplant Registry Steering Committee of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.

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