A Message from the Cardiac Division Director, Dr. Dan Berkowitz
The 14 faculty of the Cardiac Anesthesiology Division are uniquely talented, with diverse interests and expertise in areas ranging from holistic medicine to the molecular mechanisms and pathobiology of cardiovascular disease. The group provides anesthesia and transesophageal echocardiographic services for approximately 1,500 open cardiac surgery procedures in 4 new cardiac suites, Transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVRs) in a hybrid suite, and numerous interventional electrophysiologic procedures in 6 interventional suites.
The surgical procedures not only include routine bypass and valvular surgery, but also focus on more complex and niche areas such as complex adult congenital cases, heart failure (VAD and heart transplant), obstructive cardiomyopathy surgery, complex aortic surgery (Hopkins is a large Marfans referral center), as well as lung transplantation.
Each cardiac suite contains state of the art monitoring equipment and TEE machines all with 3D capability. Members of the division are also engaged in the CICU. The division boasts 6 ACGME accredited cardiac anesthesia fellowship positions which attract the best residents both from within our residency and across the country. Additionally 4 residents rotate monthly through our service, which they consider to be a premier rotation.
Our weekly division conference is a highlight for the residents and fellows, and our TEE didactic program has won much praise from our fellows. The division also boasts a number of nationally and internationally recognized basic and clinical research investigators with funding from a number of agencies including the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research and ASF. Their areas of interest include cerebral autoregulation and outcomes, post cardiac surgery delirium, molecular mechanisms and pathobiology of vascular stiffness, atherosclerosis and aging, pulmonary hypertension and cardiac myocyte mechanics in heart failure.
Our Division has expanded to keep pace with the increased clinical work brought by the recent addition of 2 cardiac surgeons. We will continue our robust clinical, teaching, and research mission to maintain it as one of the top Cardiac Anesthesia Divisions in the nation.