Heart & Lung Harvesting Cardiac Surgeon Expert Witness

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Medical, Doctor, Heart, Lung, Transplant, Cardiac, Surgeon, Pediatric Cardiothoracic, Surgeon in Chief, Director, Aortic valve repair, Aortic valve replacement, Aortic root aneurysms surgery, Aneurysm of the ascending aorta, Aneurysms of the ascending aorta and transverse aortic arch, Aortic valve-sparing root replacement, Aortic dissections, Ross procedure, Mitral valve repair, Mitral valve replacement, Coronary artery bypass surgery, Blunt and penetrating heart injuries, Perioperative care Adult cardiac surgery patient, Cox-Maze IV procedure for AF, Heart valve infections (endocarditis), Pleural effusions and empyema, IABP, LV Surgical ventricular restoration, Professor of Surgery,

Surgical Training:

Subspecialty Fellowship (1981-82)
Thoracic Aortic Surgery, Complex Cardiac Surgery The Texas Heart Institute
Houston, Texas

Resident, Chief Resident (1978-80)
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School Boston, Massachusetts

Resident (1979)
Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
The Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Harvard Medical School Boston, Massachusetts

Resident, Chief Resident (1975-78)
General Surgery
University of Kansas Medical Center Kansas City, Kansas

Research Fellow in Surgery (1974 -75)
Department of Surgery
University of Kansas, Kansas City, KA

Resident, General Surgery (1972-74) Kanton Spital and University Medical Center Basel, Switzerland
(Professor Dr. M. Allgower )

Internship, Internal Medicine, Surgery (1971-72) Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Affiliates Frankfurt, Germany

Professional Appointments:

Heart & Lung Transplant Procurement Surgeon (2020-2021) ECMO Team Support Cardiac Surgeon, and
First Assistant Cardiac Surgeon
Professor of Surgery and Chair, Division of Cardiac Surgery UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Staff Cardiac Surgeon (Oct. 2018 – Oct. 2019) North Alabama Medical Center
1701 Veterans Drive, Florence, AL 35630

Director Cardiac Surgery Service (2000 – 2018)
St. Joseph Hospital, Heart Institute Eureka, California

Cardiac Surgeon, Active Staff (1998 – 2004)
Hospital of the Good Samaritan Los Angeles, California

Surgeon-in-Chief, Cardiac Surgery (1991-1998)
Cedars Medical Center Miami, Florida
Director Cardiac Surgery (1986 – 1991) Desert Reginal Medical Center
Palm Springs, California

Assistant Professor of Surgery (1982-85) Associate Professor of Surgery (1986) University of South Florida, School of Medicine Tampa, Florida
Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery (1984-86) University of South Florida, School of Medicine James Haley V.A. Medical Center
Tampa, Florida

Institutional Appointments:

  • Vice Chairman, Dept. of Surgery (2005 – 2006)
  • Chairman, Cardiovascular Services Committee (2000-2011)
  • Chairman, Surgical Quality Assurance Committee (2006)
  • Quality Review Committee (2013-2018)
    St. Joseph Hospital Eureka, CA
  • Member, Medical Staff Executive Committee (1993 – 1995)
    Cedars Medical Center Miami, Florida
  • Chairman, ICU Committee and Quality Review (1985) University of South Florida, James Haley V.A. Medical Center Tampa, Florida

Consultant Surgeon:


Consultant Cardiac Surgeon (April 2009) Department Cardiac Surgery, Chest Disease Hospital Kuwait City, Kuwait

Consultant, Adult Cardiac Surgery (1984) To Surgeon General of the United States Navy (Pentagon, Internal Affairs) Washington, D.C.

Instructor, monthly weekend trauma courses
Naval Hospital Orlando, FL

Annual Active Duty, Cardiac Surgeon (1984 – 1986)
National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland


  • California, Alabama, Kansas.


  • 2020, Recertification, American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • 2010, Recertification, American Board of Thoracic Surgery 2000, Recertification, American Board of Thoracic Surgery 1994, Recertification, American Board of Surgery
  • 1990, Recertification, American Board of Thoracic Surgery 1982, American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • 1981, American Board of Surgery 1986, California SPLE
  • 1978, FLEX

Military Service:

Commander, Medical Corps United States Navy-Reserve
Honorable Discharge, March, 1991

Grants: N.I.H. – VA Merit Review Grant (1983-85) Magnetically Actuated Left Ventricular Assist Device. Co-Investigator


  • Recipient, Outstanding Resident Award (1977) University of Kansas
  • Honorary Member (1980) Harvard Club, Boston, MA

Professional Memberships:

  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians American Heart Association, Council Member Association for Academic Surgeons
  • Association of Military Surgeons of the United States American Federation for Clinical Research
  • The Florida Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons The New York Academy of Sciences
  • The Heart Valve Society