Current Residents

PGY-5

Claire Watkins, MD, MSc 
University of Tennessee College of Medicine

Selected Publications

  • Liu Y, Sanchez PG, Wei X, Watkins AC, Niu S, Wu ZJ, Griffith BP. Effects of Cardiopulmonary Support With a Novel Pediatric Pump-Lung in a 30-Day Ovine Animal Model. Artif Organs. 2015 Apr 29 [Epub ahead of print]
  • Liu Y, Sanchez PG, Wei X, Li T, Watkins AC, Li SY, Griffith BP, Wu ZJ. Right ventricular unloading and respiratory support with a wearable artificial pump-lung in an ovine model. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2014 Aug;33(8):857-63.
  • Watkins AC, Young CA, Ghoreishi M, Shorofsky SR, Gabre J, Dawood MY, Griffith BP, Gammie JS. Prospective assessment of the CryoMaze procedure with continuous outpatient telemetry in 136 patients. Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 Apr;97(4):1191-8

Recent Presentations

  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation 33rd Annual Meeting April 2013
    Evaluation of the Infant Jarvik Ventricular Assist Device in a Chronic Juvenile Sheep Model
    Winner of the 2013 Branislav Radovancevic Memorial Best MCS Abstract Award

PGY-4

Brody Wehman, MD, MSc 
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Selected Publications

  • Wehman B, Siddiqui OT, Mishra R, Sharma S, Kaushal S. Stem cell therapy for CHD: towards translation. Cardiol Young. 2015 Aug;25 Suppl 2:58-66.
  • Kaushal S, Wehman B. Stem cells on a new stage: Treatment of hypoplastic left heart syndrome. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Jul 10. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Wehman B, Sharma S, Mishra R, Guo Y, Colletti EJ, Kon ZN, Datla SR, Siddiqui OT, Balachandran K, Kaushal S. Pediatric End-Stage Failing Hearts Demonstrate Increased Cardiac Stem Cells. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Aug;100(2):615-22.

Recent Presentations

  • American Association of Thoracic Surgeons 96th Annual Meeting May 2015
    Bone Marrow-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells Attenuate Right Ventricular Remodeling and Preserve Function In Neonatal Swine
    C. Walton Lillehei Resident Forum finalist
  • Southern Thoracic Surgery Association 61st Annual Meeting
    Pediatric End-Stage Failing Hearts Demonstrate Increased Cardiac Stem Cells

Academic enrichment

Charlie Evans, MD 
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Selected Publications

  • Evans CF, Iacono AT, Sanchez PG, Goloubeva O, Kim J, Timofte I, Cheema FH, Pham SM, Griffith BP, Rajagopal K. Venous Thromboembolic Complications of Lung Transplantation: A Contemporary Single-Institution Review. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Sep 10. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Evans CF, DeFilippi CR, Shang E, Griffith BP, Gammie JS. Fresh autologous pericardium for leaflet perforation repair in mitral valve infective endocarditis. J Heart Valve Dis. 2013 Jul;22(4):560-6.
  • Evans CF, Gammie JS. Surgical management of mitral valve infective endocarditis. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2011 Autumn;23(3):232-40.

Recent Presentations

  • American Heart Association Scientific Sessions November 2015
    Interstage growth is associated with interstage survival following first stage single ventricle palliation
  • Southern Thoracic Surgical Association 61st Annual Meeting November 2015
    Short-term Unloading by Left Ventricular Assist Device After Acute Myocardial Infarction Attenuates Left Ventricular Remodeling and Dysfunction Through Inhibition of MMP-2- mediated Apoptosis


Eric Krause, JD, MD
University of Michigan

Selected Publications

  • Rojas-Pena A, Reoma JL, Krause E, Boothman EL, Padiyar NP, Cook KE, Bartlett RH, Punch JD. Extracorporeal support: improves donor renal graft function after cardiac death. Am J Transplant. 2010 Jun;10(6):1365-74.
  • Reoma JL, Rojas A, Krause EM, Obeid NR, Lafayette NG, Pohlmann JR, Padiyar NP, Punch JD, Cook KE, Bartlett RH. Lung physiology during ECS resuscitation of DCD donors followed by in situ assessment of lung function. ASAIO J. 2009 Jul-Aug;55(4):388-94.

PGY-3

Greg Bittle, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Selected Publications

  • Gao Y, Li T, Wu C, Bittle GJ, Chen S, Wu ZJ, Griffith BP. Pim-1 mediated signaling during the process of cardiac remodeling following myocardial infarction in ovine hearts. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2013 Oct;63:89-97.
  • Bittle GJ, Sanchez PG, Kon ZN, Claire Watkins A, Rajagopal K, Pierson RN 3rd, Gammie JS, Griffith BP. The use of lung donors older than 55 years: a review of the United Network of Organ Sharing database. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2013 Aug;32(8):760-8.
  • Sanchez PG, Bittle GJ, Williams K, Pasrija C, Xu K, Wei X, Wu ZJ, Griffith BP. Ex vivo lung evaluation of prearrest heparinization in donation after cardiac death. Ann Surg. 2013 Mar;257(3):534-41.

Recent Presentations

  • University of Maryland School of Medicine
    Society of Critical Care Medicine 45th Critical Care Congress February 2016
    Veno-venous ECMO with bicaval dual-lumen catheter cannulation: a review of the ELSO registry



Mehrdad Ghoreshi, MD 
Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences

Selected Publications

  • Ghoreishi M, Dawood M, Hobbs G, Pasrija C, Riley P, Petrose L, P Griffith B, Gammie JS. Repeat sternotomy: no longer a risk factor in mitral valve surgical procedures. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Oct;96(4):1358-65.
  • Gammie JS, Brown JW, Crunkleton JA, Bittle GJ, Stauffer CE, Liepert AG, Ghoreishi M. An automated coring and apical connector insertion device facilitates aortic valve bypass (apicoaortic conduit) surgery: preclinical experience in a chronic ovine model. J Heart Valve Dis. 2012 Jul;21(4):494-501.
  • Ghoreishi M, Evans CF, DeFilippi CR, Hobbs G, Young CA, Griffith BP, Gammie JS. Pulmonary hypertension adversely affects short- and long-term survival after mitral valve operation for mitral regurgitation: implications for timing of surgery. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2011 Dec;142(6):1439-52.

Recent Presentations

  • Southern Thoracic Surgical Association 61st Annual Meeting November 2014
    Functional Tricuspid Regurgitation Repair Solved: Undersized Rigid Annuloplasty Insertion Assures Effective and Durable Repair

PGY-2

Chethan Pasrija, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Selected Publications

  • Pasrija C, Wehman B, Singh DP, Griffith BP. Recurrent Pectus Excavatum Repair via Ravitch Technique With Rib Locking Plates. Eplasty. 2014 Dec 2;14:ic46.
  • Wehman B, Pasrija C, Kaushal S, Pham PP. Angiojet thrombectomy for Blalock-Taussig shunt and pulmonary artery thrombus in an infant with tetralogy of fallot. Ann Pediatr Cardiol. 2014 Sep;7(3):213-6.
  • Turakhia M, Wehman B, Kon ZN, Gibber M, Evans C, Pasrija C, Gens DR, Lee JD, Griffith BP. Successful management of penetrating injury to the aortopulmonary window. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Dec;96(6):e161.

Recent Presentations

  • Eastern Cardiothoracic Surgical Society 52nd Annual Meeting October 2014
    Modern Outcomes in Surgical Repair of Esophageal Perforation

PGY-1

Sheelaugh Pousatis, MD
Georgetown University School of Medicine

Selected Publications

  • Ferhman, A., Pousatis, S. Pulmonary Stenosis. Learning Cardiac Auscultation: From Essentials to Expert Clinical Interpretation. Dr. Allen J. Taylor editor. 1st ed. Springer; 2015.
  • Pousatis SM, Marshall MB. Trends in applications for thoracic fellowship in comparison with other subspecialties. Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 Feb;97(2):624-32

Recent Presentations

  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons 50th Annual Meeting January 2014
    Trends in Application for Cardiothoracic Fellowship in Comparison with Other Surgical Subspecialties
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