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John Victor Conte, Jr, M.D.

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Director of Mechanical Circulatory Support

Professor of Surgery


Expertise: Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Aneurysms, Aortic Aneurysms, Aortic Surgery, Atrial Septal Defects (ASD), Cardiac Care, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiomyopathy, Cardiovascular Diseases, Cardiovascular Surgery, Circulatory Support Devices, Complex Aortic Root Surgery, Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG), Coronary Artery Disease, Coronary Bypass Surgery, Heart Bypass, Heart Conditions, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Ischemic Heart Disease, Mechanical Circulatory Support, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, Minimally Invasive Interventions, Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Mitral Stenosis, Mitral Valve Repair, Pacemakers, Percutaneous Treatment of Valvular Stenosis, Radiofrequency Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation, Surgery, Surgical Ventricular Remodeling, Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms, Valve Sparing Aortic Root Surgery, Valvular Heart Disease, Valvular Heart Surgery, Ventricular Assist Device, Ventricular Septal Defect more

Research Interests: Gene therapy in organ transplantation; Immunosuppression; Organ preservation; Cellular therapy in congestive heart failure; Artificial lung; Transcatheter aortive-valve implantation (TAVI); Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) more

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Dr. John V. Conte is a recognized international authority in the surgical treatment of congestive heart failure. Under his leadership, Johns Hopkins Hospital developed one of the nation’s leading programs in mechanical circulatory support. He led Hopkins’ participation in all of the major contemporary clinical studies of left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) and artificial hearts. He also developed the program in Surgical Ventricular Restoration/Remodeling (SVR) and coronary artery surgery in patients with significant post infarction cardiac dysfunction, about which he has written extensively and has an international reputation.

Dr. Conte is a graduate of Providence College and Georgetown University School of Medicine. He trained in general surgery at Georgetown and cardiac surgery at Stanford University. Dr. Conte joined the faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1998. He was recruited from the University of Maryland, where he founded and led the Heart and Lung Transplant programs from 1995 to 1998. He took over leadership of the Heart Transplantation program from Dr William Baumgartner, the program’s founder, and directed the program for 12 years. He also became the director of the Lung Transplant program. Both programs enjoyed excellent clinical and academic productivity.

Dr. Conte’s clinical practice encompasses the full range of adult cardiac surgery with an emphasis on minimally invasive mitral and aortic valve surgery as well as complex reoperative surgery. In partnership with Dr. John Resar, Dr. Conte has led the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) program and played a leading role in several major studies, publishing extensively in this emerging field. The Hopkins program is one of the few in the country with training programs for Cardiac Surgery and Cardiology fellows in TAVR and structural heart diseases.

Dr. Conte has played an active role in the several national and international societies including the Society of Thoracic Surgeon, the American Heart Association and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. He is passionate about teaching and has taught and mentored countless students, residents and fellows. Dr. Conte is an active participant in the Hopkins Cardiac Surgery Residency Program and runs the Advanced Cardiac Surgery Fellowship. He is an educational innovator and developed the first Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Fellowship in the country in 2008.

Dr. Conte has been actively involved in laboratory and clinical investigation his entire career, receiving numerous research grants and participating in many clinical trials. His research interests have closely paralleled his clinical interests: end stage heart and lung disease as well as minimally invasive surgical techniques and quality assurance and outcomes. In 2012 he founded, the Maryland Cardiac Surgery Quality Initiative (MCSQI) and serves as its president. The goal of MCSQI is to improve cardiac surgery quality and outcomes for all patients in Maryland through data sharing and collaborative research. more


  • Director of Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Surgical Director, Structural Heart Disease Program
  • Professor of Surgery

Departments / Divisions



  • MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine (1986)


  • MedStar Georgetown University Medical Center / General Surgery (1992)
  • Stanford Health Care / Cardiothoracic Surgery (1995)


  • MedStar Georgetown University Medical Center (1999)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery / Thoracic Surgery (1997)

Research & Publications

Clinical Trial Keywords

Ventricular Assist Device, Heart Failure, Aortic Valve Replacement

Selected Publications

Mark S. Slaughter; Joseph G. Rogers; Carmelo A. Milano; Stuart D. Russell; John V. Conte; David Feldman; Benjamin Sun; Antone J. Tatooles; Reynolds M. Delgado III; James W. Long; et al. Advanced heart failure treated with continuous-flow left ventricular assist device. New England Journal of Medicine. 2009;361(23):2241-2251.

Leslie W. Miller; Francis D. Pagani; Stuart D. Russell; Ranjit John; Andrew J. Boyle; Keith D. Aaronson; John V. Conte; Yoshifumi Naka; Donna Mancini; Reynolds M. Delgado; et al. Use of a continuous-flow device in patients awaiting heart transplantation. New England Journal of Medicine. 2007;357(9):885-896.

Jonathan B. Orens; Marc Estenne; Selim Arcasoy; John V. Conte; Paul Corris; Jim J. Egan; Thomas Egan; Shaf Keshavjee; Christiane Knoop; Robert Kotloff; et al. International Guidelines for the Selection of Lung Transplant Candidates: 2006 Update-A Consensus Report From the Pulmonary Scientific Council of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2006;25(7):745-755.

Francis D. Pagani; Leslie W. Miller; Stuart D. Russell; Keith D. Aaronson; Ranjit John; Andrew J. Boyle; John V. Conte; Roberta C. Bogaev; Thomas E. MacGillivray; Yoshifumi Naka; et al. Extended Mechanical Circulatory Support With a Continuous-Flow Rotary Left Ventricular Assist Device. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2009;54(4):312-321.

Jason Xiao-Jian Yuan; Ann M. Aldinger; Magdalena Juhaszova; Jian Wang; John V. Conte Jr.; Sean P. Gaine; Jonathan B. Orens; Lewis J. Rubin. Dysfunctional voltage-gated K+ channels in pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells of patients with primary pulmonary hypertension. Circulation. 1998;98(14):1400-1406.

Susan G. Gerhardt; John F. McDyer; Reda E. Girgis; John V. Conte; Stephen C. Yang; Jonathan B. Orens. Maintenance azithromycin therapy for bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome: Results of a pilot study. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2003;168(1):121-125.

R.E. Girgis; I. Tu; G.J. Berry; H. Reichenspurner; V.G. Valentine; J.V. Conte; A. Ting; I. Johnstone; J. Miller; R.C. Robbins; et al. Risk factors for the development of obliterative bronchiolitis after lung transplantation. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 1996;15(12):1200-1208.

Joseph G. Rogers; Keith D. Aaronson; Andrew J. Boyle; Stuart D. Russell; Carmelo A. Milano; Francis D. Pagani; Brooks S. Edwards; Soon Park; Ranjit John; John V. Conte; et al. Continuous Flow Left Ventricular Assist Device Improves Functional Capacity and Quality of Life of Advanced Heart Failure Patients. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2010;55(17):1826-1834.

Randall C. Starling; Yoshifumi Naka; Andrew J. Boyle; Gonzalo Gonzalez-Stawinski; Ranjit John; Ulrich Jorde; Stuart D. Russell; John V. Conte; Keith D. Aaronson; Edwin C. McGee Jr.; et al. Results of the post-U.S. food and drug administration-approval study with a continuous flow left ventricular assist device as a bridge to heart transplantation: A prospective study using the INTERMACS (Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support). Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2011;57(19):1890-1898.

David H. Adams; Jeffrey J. Popma; Michael J. Reardon; Steven J. Yakubov; Joseph S. Coselli; G. Michael Deeb; Thomas G. Gleason; Maurice Buchbinder; James Hermiller Jr.; Neal S. Kleiman; et al. Transcatheter aortic-valve replacement with a self-expanding prosthesis. New England Journal of Medicine. 2014;370(19):1790-1798.

Activities & Honors


  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery
  • American Heart Association
  • Council on Education and Membership Services, Chair
  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • Task Force on End Stage Heart Disease, Chair of the annual meeting in 2006
  • United Network for Organ Sharing
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