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Cardiothoracic Research Overview - Summer 2023


Adult Cardiac

  • Glotzbach, J. P., Hanson, H. A., Tonna, J. E., Horns, J. J., McCarty Allen, C., Presson, A. P., Griffin, C. L., Zak, M., Sharma, V., Tristani-Firouzi, M., & Selzman, C. H. (2023). Familial Associations of Prevalence and Cause-Specific Mortality for Thoracic Aortic Disease and Bicuspid Aortic Valve in a Large-Population Database. Circulation, 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.122.060439. Advance online publication.
  • Ferrel, M. N., Gerhard, E. F., Johnstad, C. M., Nesbitt, K., Pereira, S. J., & Fiedler, A. G. (2023). Practice patterns of female cardiothoracic surgeons older than age 58 years: Are we making progress?. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, 165(4), 1488–1492.
  • Hanff, T. C., Browne, A., Dickey, J., Gaines, H., Harhay, M. O., Goodwin, M., Selzman, C. H., Fang, J. C., Drakos, S. G., & Stehlik, J. (2023). Heart waitlist survival in adults with an intra-aortic balloon pump relative to other Status 2, Status 1, and inotrope Status 3 patients. The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation, 42(3), 368–376.
  • Tonna J. E. (2023). Patients receiving ECMO are special, but still only need a haemoglobin concentration of 7g/dL. The Lancet. Respiratory medicine, 11(3), 215–217.


  • Winder, M. M., Ware, A., Husain, A., Griffiths, E., Swink, J. M., Ou, Z., & Eckhauser, A. (2023). Interdigitating Technique for Repair of Aortic Arch Obstruction to Reduce Reintervention Rates. The Annals of thoracic surgery, S0003-4975(23)00678-1. Advance online publication.
  • Argo, M. B., Barron, D. J., Bondarenko, I., Eckhauser, A., Gruber, P. J., Lambert, L. M., Paramananthan, T., Rahman, M., Winlaw, D. S., Yerebakan, C., Alsoufi, B., DeCampli, W. M., Honjo, O., Kirklin, J. K., Prospero, C., Ramakrishnan, K., St Louis, J. D., Turek, J. W., O'Brien, J. E., Jr, Pizarro, C., … McCrindle, B. W. (2023). Hybrid palliation versus nonhybrid management for a multi-institutional cohort of infants with critical left heart obstruction. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, S0022-5223(23)00346-X. Advance online publication.
  • Husain S. A. (2023). Rules for Doubling Down… If They Indeed Exist, Do We Actually Follow Them?. The Annals of thoracic surgery, 115(6), 1468–1469.
  • Robinson, D. L., Minich, L. L., Menon, S. C., Ou, Z., Eckhauser, A. W., & Ware, A. L. (2023). Coronary artery dilation associated with bicuspid and unicuspid aortic valve disease in children: a series of 17 patients. Cardiology in the young, 1–6. Advance online publication.


  • Mitzman, B., Wang, X., Haaland, B., & Varghese, T. K., Jr (2023). Variation in Treatment Charges and Reimbursement Among Individual Thoracic Surgeons. The Annals of thoracic surgery, S0003-4975(23)00718-X. Advance online publication.
  • Mitzman B. (2023). An Innovative Solution to Lung Cancer Screening Adoption. The Annals of thoracic surgery, S0003-4975(23)00462-9. Advance online publication.
  • Olive, J. K., Yost, C. C., Robinson, J. A., Brescia, A. A., Han, J. J., Haney, J. C., Forbess, J. M., Varghese, T. K., Jr, Backhus, L. M., Cooke, D. T., Cornwell, L. D., & Preventza, O. A. (2023). Demographics of Current and Aspiring Integrated Six-year Cardiothoracic Surgery Trainees. The Annals of thoracic surgery, 115(3), 771–777.
  • Mitzman, B., Smith, B. K., & Varghese, T. K., Jr (2023). Resident Training in Robotic Thoracic Surgery. Thoracic surgery clinics, 33(1), 25–32.

Translational Science

  • Kamali R, Gillete K, Tate J, Abhyankar DA, Dosdall DJ, Plank G, Bunch TJ, Macleod RS, Ranjan R.Ann Biomed Eng. 2023 Feb;51(2):329-342. doi: 10.1007/s10439-022-03029-5. Epub 2022 Aug 5.PMID: 35930093
  • Khan, M. S., Smego, D., Ishidoya, Y., Hirahara, A. M., Offei, E., Ruiz Castillo, M. S., Gharbia, O., Li, H., Palatinus, J. A., Krueger, L., Hong, T., Hoareau, G. L., Ranjan, R., Selzman, C. H., Shaw, R. M., & Dosdall, D. J. (2023). A canine model of chronic ischemic heart failure. American journal of physiology. Heart and circulatory physiology, 324(6), H751–H761.
  • Delisle, B. P., & Aromolaran, A. S. (2023). New Insights into Cardiac Ion Channel Regulation 2.0. International journal of molecular sciences, 24(5), 4999.
  • Kamali, R., Kwan, E., Regouski, M., Bunch, T. J., Dosdall, D. J., Hsu, E., Macleod, R. S., Polejaeva, I., & Ranjan, R. (2023). Contribution of atrial myofiber architecture to atrial fibrillation. PloS one, 18(1), e0279974.

A full list of our research publications from the past couple of years can be found here.


Adult Cardio

  • Craig Selzman, MD
    • Title: Randomized Controlled Pivotal Trial of Autologous Bone Marrow Mononuclear Cells Using the CardiAMP Cell Therapy system in Patients with Post Myocardial Infarction Heart Failure (CardiAMP Heart Failure Trial)
    • Sponsor: BioCardia, Inc
  • Joseph Tonna, MD
    • Title: ECMO Trial- R01
    • Sponsor: DHHS National Institutes of Health

Translational Science

  • Aromolara Ademuyiwa, PhD
    • Title(s): R01 PA 20-185 Targeting IL-6; Role for Leukorienes
    • Sponsor: DHHS National Institutes of Health 



  • Jason Glotzbach, MD
    • Title: K08 Resub 
    • Sponsor: NHLBI National Institutes of Health



  • PI: Sara Pereira, MD 
  • Project: Randomized comparison of the clinical Outcome of single versus Multiple Arterial grafts: the ROMA Woman trial  
  • Sponsor:  Weill Cornell Medicine. The University of Utah is participating as a study site with Dr. Pereira as the site lead PI.
  • Background: Currently, an artery is used for the first graft and either an artery or vein is used for a second graft during coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery. It is unclear if either an artery or a vein is better for the second graft. The purpose of this study is to determine if one is better than the other  
  • Study Design: Participants are eligible if they are at least 18 years of age, female, and underwent isolated CABG for coronary artery disease, without disease of the right coronary artery. If enrolled, they will be followed for 180 days. Participants will be randomized to either a single arterial graft (SAG) or multiple arterial grafts (MAG) in a 1:1 randomization


CT Surgery Research encompasses: 

  • Adult Cardiac
  • Pediatric Cardiac (Primary Children’s)
  • Huntsman team (Huntsman Cancer Institute)
  • Animal Lab Research 
  • Perfusion 

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