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David J. Kaczorowski, MD

  • Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Surgical Director of Center for Advanced Heart Failure at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute
Dr. Kaczorowski received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  He completed an internship and residency in general surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, followed by fellowships in cardiothoracic surgery, advanced heart failure and advanced adult cardiac surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.


Following his training, Dr. Kaczorowski entered private practice in Pennsylvania before joining the faculty at the University of Maryland in 2017.  During his time in Maryland, Dr. Kaczorowski served as director of Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support, as well as program director of the University of Maryland Independent and Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship and Residency programs.  For his efforts as an educator, he was awarded the 2020 Teacher of the Year from the University of Maryland thoracic surgery training programs.


After his recruitment to UPMC in 2020, Dr. Kaczorowski continues to be a national clinical and academic leader in heart transplantation, heart/lung transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, and ventricular assist devices.  He is the principal investigator on several research projects, including a grant for pre-clinical exploration of a novel ventricular assist device from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and holds numerous U.S. patents.


Dr. Kaczorowski has published over 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts. Under his leadership, the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute looks forward to the continued growth of its minimally invasive ventricular assist device program, and continued success of its cardiac transplantation efforts, including combined heart/lung and heart/kidney transplantation.