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Luca A Vricella, M.D.

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Chief of Pediatric Heart Transplantation

Professor of Surgery


Languages: English, French, Italian

Expertise: Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Aortic Aneurysms, Aortic Coarctation, Aortic Surgery, Atrial Septal Defects (ASD), Cardiac Care, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiology, Cardiomyopathy, Cardiopulmonary Transplant, Circulatory Support Devices, Complex Aortic Root Surgery, Congenital Heart Disease, Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG), Heart Bypass, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Marfan Syndrome, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, Neonatal Cardiac Surgery, Pacemakers, Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA), Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease, Pediatric Heart Transplant, Pediatric Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Valvular Heart Disease, Valvular Heart Surgery, Ventricular Assist Device, Ventricular Septal Defect more

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

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Dr. Luca Vricella is the chief of pediatric heart transplantation at Johns Hopkins Medicine as well as the director of pediatric cardiac surgery.

Dr. Vricella was born in Rome, Italy and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Catholic University of Rome Medical School. He moved to the United States and completed training in general surgery at the George Washington University Medical Center, where he was elected Alpha Omega Alpha during his chief residency year. During this time, he developed a profound interest in the field of congenital cardiac surgery, and pursued a period of clinical and laboratory research training under the direction of Leonard L. Bailey, with the division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at the Loma Linda University Medical Center. He then completed a Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship at Stanford University, and subsequently served as Senior Registrar in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, United Kingdom. In 2003 he joined the surgical faculty at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital, where he is currently Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, and Director of the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery and Heart Transplantation Program.

Dr. Vricella’s clinical and research interests revolve around the field of pediatric cardiac surgery, with emphasis on complex neonatal repair and the care of adults with congenital heart disease. He has also developed a particular interest in aortic root surgery, with a focus on pediatric patients with connective tissue disorders.

Dr. Vricella is Board Certified in General and Cardiothoracic Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He is author and co-author of several articles and book chapters, and is one of the editors of the Johns Hopkins Manual of Cardiothoracic Surgery. more


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



  • MD, Catholic University School of Medicine (1991)


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


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

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery / Congenital Cardiac Surgery (2012)
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery / Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery (2003)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Bryan G. Maxwell; Ahmad Y. Sheikh; Chinwe C. Ajuba-Iwuji; Eugenie S. Heitmiller; Luca A. Vricella. Pulmonary vascular resistance index and mortality after paediatric heart transplant. Cardiology in the Young. 2014.

Lincoln T. Shenje; Peter Andersen; Marc K. Halushka; Cecillia Lui; Laviel Fernandez; Gayle B. Collin; Nuria Amat-Alarcon; Wendy Meschino; Ernest Cutz; Kenneth Chang; et al. Mutations in Alström protein impair terminal differentiation of cardiomyocytes. Nature Communications. 2014;5.

Jeffrey P. Jacobs; Constantine Mavroudis; James A. Quintessenza; Paul J. Chai; Sara K. Pasquali; Kevin D. Hill; Luca A. Vricella; Marshall L. Jacobs; Joseph A. Dearani; Duke Cameron. Reoperations for pediatric and congenital heart disease: An analysis of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) congenital heart surgery database. Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery: Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Annual. 2014;17(1):2-8.

Joseph S. Coselli; Irina V. Volguina; Scott A. Lemaire; Thoralf M. Sundt; Heidi M. Connolly; Elizabeth H. Stephens; Hartzell V. Schaff; Dianna M. Milewicz; Luca A. Vricella; Harry C. Dietz; et al. Early and 1-year outcomes of aortic root surgery in patients with Marfan syndrome: A prospective, multicenter, comparative study. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2014;147(6):1758-1766.

Marissa A. Brunetti; Jacky M. Jennings; R. Blaine Easley; Melania Bembea; Anna Brown; Eugenie Heitmiller; Jamie M. Schwartz; Ken M. Brady; Luca A. Vricella; Allen D. Everett. Glial fibrillary acidic protein in children with congenital heart disease undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass. Cardiology in the Young. 2014;24(4):623-631.

Lindsay A. Caldarone; Christopher A. Caldarone; Luca A. Vricella. Retroesophageal total anomalous pulmonary venous connection in a neonate. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2014;148(2):e143-e145.

Luca A. Vricella; Marshall L. Jacobs; Duke E. Cameron. The birth of a new era: The introduction of the systemic-to-pulmonary artery shunt for the treatment of cyanotic congenital heart disease. Cardiology in the Young. 2013;23(6):851-856.

Marshall L. Jacobs; Luca A. Vricella. Surgical management of tetralogy of Fallot: Where are we now and what is yet to come. Cardiology in the Young. 2013;23(6):932-936.

Maria Grazia Sacco Casamassima; Ling Ling Wong; Dominic Papandria; Fizan Abdullah; Luca A. Vricella; Duke E. Cameron; Paul M. Colombani. Arman Kilic; Kristen Nelson; Janet Scheel; William Ravekes; Duke E. Cameron; Luca A. Vricella. Outcomes of heart transplantation in small children bridged with ventricular assist devices. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2013;96(4):1420-1427.

Christian D. Nagy; Diane E. Alejo; Mary C. Corretti; William J. Ravekes; Jane E. Crosson; Philip J. Spevak; Richard Ringel; Kathryn A. Carson; Sara Khalil; Harry C. Dietz; et al. Tetralogy of fallot and aortic root dilation: A long-term outlook. Pediatric Cardiology. 2013;34(4):809-816.

Activities & Honors


  • 2016 Inductee of the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence, 2016


  • American College of Surgeons
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Videos & Media

Meet our Experts - Dr. Luca Vricella

Heart Transplant in Children: What Can Be Done While Waiting for a Transplant

Babys Heart Surgery Becomes Part of Hopkins History

The Start of a New Era: The "Blue Baby Operation"

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Grand Round Lecture

Overseas Pediatric Cardiac Surgery: "Medical Safari" or Humanitarian Obligation?


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