Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

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Jonathan D’Cunha, MD, PhD

Dr. Jonathan D’Cunha is an associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and surgical director of the ECMO Program and of Lung Transplantation at UPMC. He is board-certified in both general and thoracic surgery and specializes in minimally invasive thoracic surgery, specifically techniques to treat lung cancer, esophageal cancer, and mesothelioma.

Robert Kormos, MD

Dr. Robert Kormos is the Brack G. Hattler Professor of Cardiothoracic Transplantation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and director of the Artificial Heart Program and co-director of Heart Transplantation at UPMC. He is internationally regarded for his clinical and research work in organ transplantation and in the use of cardiac assist devices as temporary or permanent support for patients with end-stage heart disease.

J.W. Awori Hayanga, MD

Dr. Awori Hayanga is an assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and surgical director of Lung Transplant Surgical Outcomes Research at UPMC. He is board-certified in surgery and surgical critical care and is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin and Edinburgh.

Luigi Lagazzi, MD

Dr. Luigi Lagazzi is an assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His research interests include adult cardiothoracic surgery, left ventricular assist devices, right ventricular assist devices, cardiac transplantation and lung transplantation, ECMO, and EX-VIVO Lung Perfusion. Dr. Lagazzi is a member of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT).

Penny Sappington, MD

Dr. Penny Sappington is medical director of the Cardiothoracic and Surgical Intensive Care Units and medical director of the ECMO Program at UPMC. She has extensive experience managing ECMO patients as well as lung transplant, heart transplant, and ventricular assist devices recipients. She has published numerous articles on the mechanisms of sepsis, lung transplantation, nosocomial infections, and postoperative management of cardiothoracic surgical patients.


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