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Christopher Michael Sciortino, M.D., M.S., Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Surgery


Expertise: Aortic Aneurysms, Aortic Root Replacement, Aortic Surgery, Aortic Valve Repair, Aortic Valve Sparing Root Replacement, Cardiac Surgery, Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery, Coronary Artery Stenting, Coronary Bypass Surgery, Endovascular Aortic Surgery, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery, Mitral Valve Repair, Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms, Valvular Heart Surgery more

Research Interests: Aortic surgery; Minimizing postoperative infections and complications in high-risk patients; Heart failure outcomes after cardiac surgery more

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Appointment Phone: 410-955-2800

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Dr. Christopher Sciortino is a cardiac surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He specializes in adult cardiac surgical procedures including coronary artery bypass; valve, aortic and arrhythmia surgeries; surgical treatment of advanced heart failure including mechanical circulatory support and transplant; ECMO (heart-lung bypass) and minimally invasive surgery. As a member of the heart failure team, he plays an active role in heart transplant, ventricular assist device (VAD) implantation and mechanical support.

Dr. Sciortino graduated from Case Western Reserve University Medical School and completed a residency in general surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. After his cardiothoracic surgical fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he joined the faculty in 2013.

Among Dr. Sciortino’s research interests are minimizing postoperative infections and complications, particularly with high-risk patients. He is also interested in studying heart failure outcomes after cardiac surgery as well as biomechanical device development and the biophysics of heart function.

Dr. Sciortino strongly believes in patient- and family-centered medicine and the importance of including patients and their family members in decisions regarding medical care and rehabilitation. more


  • Assistant Professor of Surgery

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Centers & Institutes



  • MD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (2005)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / General Surgery (2010)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Cardiothoracic Surgery (2013)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery / General Surgery (2010)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Arman Kilic; Joshua C. Grimm; Glenn J.R. Whitman; Ashish S. Shah; Kaushik Mandal; John V. Conte; Christopher M. Sciortino. The survival benefit of simultaneous heart-kidney transplantation extends beyond dialysis-dependent patients. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2015; 99(4):1321-1327.

Joshua C. Grimm; Anahita M. Parsee; Jeffrey A. Brinker; Irvin Birenbaum; James E. Biewer; Rosanne B. Sheinberg; Christopher M. Sciortino. Utilization of angiovac and snare for eradication of a mobile right atrial thrombus. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2015; 99(2):698-700.

Joshua C. Grimm; Keki R. Balsara; Clinton D. Kemp; Jared Miller; Mollie Myers; Steven P. Schulman; Christopher M. Sciortino. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for profound cardiogenic shock due to cocaine toxicity. Journal of Cardiology Cases. 2015;11(1):28-31.

Joshua C. Grimm; Cecillia Lui; Arman Kilic; Vicente Valero; Christopher M. Sciortino; Glenn J.R. Whitman; Ashish S. Shah. A risk score to predict acute renal failure in adult patients after lung transplantation. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2015;99(1):251-257.

Arman Kilic; Joshua C. Grimm; Ashish S. Shah; John V. Conte; Glenn J.R. Whitman; Christopher M. Sciortino. An easily calculable and highly predictive risk index for postoperative renal failure after heart transplantation. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2014;148(3):1099-1105.

George J. Arnaoutakis; Yue Zhao; Timothy J. George; Christopher M. Sciortino; Patrick M. McCarthy; John V. Conte. Surgical repair of ventricular septal defect after myocardial infarction: Outcomes from the society of thoracic surgeons national database. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2012;94(2):436-444.

Fizan Abdullah; Yiyi Zhang; Christopher Sciortino; Melissa Camp; Alodia Gabre-Kidan; Mitchell R. Price; David C. Chang. Congenital diaphragmatic hernia: Outcome review of 2,173 surgical repairs in US infants. Pediatric Surgery International. 2009;25(12):1059-1064.

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