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Luca A Vricella, MD

Chief of Pediatric Heart Transplantation
Associate Professor of Surgery
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The Johns Hopkins Hospital

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Call 410-464-6641 (8a.m. to 6p.m., EST, Mon-Fri)

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  • Chief of Pediatric Heart Transplantation
  • Director, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Surgery
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Centers & Institutes

  • Children's Center
  • Comprehensive Marfan Center
  • Comprehensive Transplant Center
  • Dana & Albert "Cubby" Broccoli Center for Aortic Diseases
  • Heart and Vascular Institute
  • Helen B. Taussig Children's Congenital Heart Center
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Service
  • Ventricular Assist Device Program


Aortic Aneurysms, Aortic Coarcation, Aortic Surgery, Atrial Septal Defects, Cardiac Care, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiomyopathy, Cardiopulmonary Transplant, Circulatory Support Devices, Complex Aortic Root Surgery, Congenital Heart Disease, Congenital Heart Disease - Adult, Congenital Heart Disease - Pediatric, Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery, Heart Bypass, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Marfan Syndrome, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, Neonatal Cardiac Surgery, Pacemakers, Patent Ductus Arteriosus, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Heart Transplant, Pediatric Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Valvular Disease, Valvular Heart Disease, Valvular Heart Surgery, Ventricular Assist Device, Ventricular Septal Defect

Research Interests

Clinical Outcomes in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery; Cerebral protection in pediatric cardiac surgery


  • English
  • Italian
  • French


American College of Surgeons, Fellow
Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Member

Additional Resources

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  • Education +


    • Catholic University School of Medicine (Rome ) (1991)


    • The George Washington University Medical Center / General Surgery (Washington DC) (1999)


    • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children / Pediatric Cardiology (London ) (2003)
    • Stanford University Medical Center / Cardiothoracic Surgery (Palo Alto CA) (2002)
    • Loma Linda University Medical Center / Congential Cardiac Surgery (Loma Linda CA) (1998)


    • American Board of Thoracic Surgery / Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery (2003)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications

    Vricella LA, de Begona JA, Gundry SR, Vigesaa RE, Kawauchi M, Bailey LL. Aggressive peritoneal dialysis for treatment of acute kidney failure after neonatal heart transplantation. J Heart Lung Transplant. 1992 Mar-Apr;11(2 Pt 1):320-9.

    Vricella LA, Razzouk AJ, Gundry SR, Larsen RL, Kuhn MA, Bailey LL. Heart transplantation in infants and children with situs inversus. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1998 Jul;116(1):82-9.

    Vricella LA, Dearani JA, Gundry SR, Razzouk AJ, Brauer SD, Bailey LL. Ultra fast track in elective congenital cardiac surgery. Ann Thorac Surg. 2000 Mar;69(3):865-71.

    Vricella LA, Karamichalis JM, Ahmad S, Robbins RC, Whyte RI, Reitz BA. Lung and heart-lung transplantation in patients with end-stage cystic fibrosis: the Stanford experience. Ann Thorac Surg 2002;74(1):13-7.

    Vricella LA, Gundry SR, Izutani H, Kuhn MA, Mulla N, Bailey LL. Fate of polytetrafluoroethylene monocusp pulmonary valves in an animal model. Asian Cardiovasc Thorac Ann. 2003 Dec;11(4):280-4.

    Vricella LA, Kanani M, Cook AC, Cameron DE, Tsang VT. Problems with the right ventricular outflow tract: a review of morphologic features and current therapeutic options. Cardiol Young. 2004 Oct;14(5):533-49.

    Vricella LA, Williams JA, Ravekes WJ, Holmes KW, Dietz HC, Gott VL, Cameron DE. Early experience with valve-sparing aortic root replacement in children. Ann Thorac Surg. 2005 Nov;80(5):1622-6.

    Williams JA, Loeys BL, Nwakanma LU, Dietz HC, Spevak PJ, Patel ND, Franois K, DeBacker J, Gott VL, Vricella LA, Cameron DE. Early surgical experience with Loeys-Dietz: a new syndrome of aggressive thoracic aortic aneurysm disease. Ann Thorac Surg. 2007 Feb;83(2):S757-63.

    Barreiro CJ, Ellison TA, Williams JA, Durr ML, Cameron DE, Vricella LA. Subclavian flap aortoplasty: still a safe, reproducible, and effective treatment for infant coarctation. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2007 Apr;31(4):649-53. Epub 2007 Feb 5.

    Patel ND, Weiss ES, Scheel J, Cameron DE, Vricella LA. ABO-incompatible heart transplantation in infants: analysis of the united network for organ sharing database. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2008 Oct;27(10):1085-9.
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    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Sheikh Zayed Tower
    Suite 7107
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 443-287-1262
    Appointment Phone: 443-287-1262
    Fax: 410-955-3809
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    • Surgery - Transplant Surgery
    • Surgery - Cardiac Surgery

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