Pirooz  Eghtesady, MD, PhD

Pirooz Eghtesady, MD, PhD

  • Chief, Section of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgeon-in-Chief,  St. Louis Children's Hospital

Medical School

MD, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, 1993

Graduate School

PhD, Molecular Biology and Immunology, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 1993

Post Doctoral Education

Resident in General Surgery, Stanford University Hospital, 1998

Professor Alain Carpentier Service-Fellow in Cardiovascular Surgery, Broussais Hospital, Paris, France, 1999

Professor Claude Planché Service-Fellow in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Marie Lannelongue Hospital, Paris, France, 1999

Resident in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1998-2001

Fellow in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, U.C.S.F./Stanford University Hospital, 2001-2002

Board Certifications

General Surgery--Certified
Thoracic Surgery--Certified
Congenital Heart Surgery--Certified

Honors and Awards

2015 Pediatric Hospital Medicine Research Excellence Award (inaugural award) for role as co-author on a publication most likely to influence practice or policy: "Rates and impact of potentially preventable readmissions at children's hospitals"

2015, Named to Best Doctors in America

Named to most recent listing of  Anerica's Top Doctors

International Conference of Pediatric Mechanical Circulatory Support Systems and Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Perfusion, 2005, Hershey, PA
- John Waldhausen, MD- Young Investigator Award

American Academy of Pediatrics, 2003, New Orleans, LA
- Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Section
- 1st Place, Basic Sciences – Young Investigator Award

Perinatal Research Society, 2003, Charleston SC
- NIH Young Investigator Travel Award

Johns Hopkins Hospital
- Vincent L. Gott Award, 2000

Stanford University Hospital
- John Henry Smith Award, 1997

Clinical Interests

Pediatric Cardiology
Cardiac Surgery
Congenital Heart Disease in Children

Research Interests

2009-2014 Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health, Heart, Lung, and Blood, 1R01HL098634-01, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome: Expression of RHD in the Fetus?

2011-2013 Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health, Heart, Lung, and Blood 1 R21 HL104391-01A1 Developing an animal model of HLHS: role of immune mediated injury

2011-2012 Principal Investigator, Saving Tiny Hearts Society, Mechanisms in the pathogenesis of HLHS
Dr. Eghtesady's laboratory research focuses on the pathogenesis of congenital heart diseases, with particular emphasis on aortic stenosis and hypoplastic left heart syndrome. See Eghtesady Lab website.
US2007/0105168 "Diagnosis and Prevention of Fetal Heart Disease," filed 10/4/06

US2007/0260218 "Cannula with Removable Sleeve," filed 5/5/06

WO2009/032168 "Non-Invasive Fetal Blood Oxygen Monitoring System and Associated Method," filed 8/28/08

Selected Publications

Miller JR, Lancaster TS, Eghtesady P. Current approaches to device implantation in pediatric and congenital heart disease patients. Expert Rev Cardiovasc Ther. 2015 Apr;13(4):417-27.

Hoganson DM, Boston U, Gazit AZ, Canter CE, Eghtesady P. Successful bridge through transplantation with Berlin heart ventricular assist device in a child with failing Fontan. Ann Thorac Surg 2015 Feb;99(2):707-9.

Gay JC, Agarwal R, Auger KA, Del Beccaro MA, Eghtesady P, et al. Rates and impact of potentially preventable readmissions at Children’s Hospitals.  J. Pediatr. 2015 Mar; 166(3):613-619.

Bowermaster R, Miller M, Ashcraft T, Boyd M, Brar A, Manning P, Eghtesady P. Application of the aviation black box principle in pediatric cardiac surgery: tracking all failures in the pediatric cardiac operating room. J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2015 Feb; 220(2):149-155.

Miller JR, Eghtesady P. Ventricular assist device use in congenital heart disease with a comparison to heart transplant. J. Comp. Eff. Res. 2014 3(5), 533–546.

Hoganson DM, Boston U, Manning P, Eghtesady P. The surgical pre-brief as part of a five-point comprehensive approach to improving pediatric cardiac surgical team communication. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg 2014 Oct;5(4):640-2.

Sparks JD, Boston U, Eghtesady P, Canter CE. B-type natriuretic peptides trends after pediatric heart transplantation.  Pediatr Transplant. 2014 Aug;18(5):477-84.

Szafranski P, Dharmadhikari AV, Wambach JA, Towe CT, White FV, Grady RM, Eghtesady P, Cole FS, Deutsch G, Sen P, Stankiewicz P. Two deletions overlapping a distant FOXF1 enhancer unravel the role of IncRNA LINC0108 in etiology of alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins. Am. J. Med. Genet. 2014 Aug;164A(8):2013-9.

Hoganson DM, Gazit AZ, Boston US, Sweet SC, Grady RM, Huddleston CB, Eghtesady P. Paracorporeal lung assist devices as a bridge to recovery or lung transplantation in neonates and young children. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2014 Jan:147(1):420-7.

Poynter JA, Williams WG, McIntyre S, Brothers JA, Jacobs, ML; Congenital Heart Surgeons Society AAOCA Working Group Collaborators. Anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery: a report from the congenital heart surgeons society registry. J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg 2014 Jan 1; 5(1):22-30

Simpson KE, Esmaeeli A, Khanna G, White F, Turnmelle Y, Eghtesady P, Boston U, Canter CE. Liver cirrhosis in Fontan patients does not affect 1-year post-heart transplant mortality or markers of liver function. J Heart Lung Transplant 2014 Feb:33(2):170-7.

Heidari-Bateni G, Norouzi S, Hall M, Brar A, Eghtesady P. Defining the best practice patterns for the neonatal systemic-to-pulmonary artery shunt procedure. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2014:147(3):869-873.

Hoganson DM, Gazit AZ, Boston US, Sweet SC, Grady RM, Huddleston CB, Eghtesady P. Paracorporeal lung assist device as a bridge to recovery or lung transplantation in neonates and young children. J. Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Jan 147(1):420-6.

Eghtesady P, Almond CS, Tjossem C, Epstein D, Imamura M, Turrentine M, Tweddell J, Jaquiss RD, Canter C; Berlin Heart Investigators. Post-transplant outcomes of children bridged to transplant with the Berlin Heart EXCOR Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device. Circulation. 2013 Sep 10:128 (11 Suppl 1):S24-31.

Poynter JA, Eghtesady P, McCrindle BW, Walters HL 3rd, Kirshbom PM, Blackstone EH, Husain SA, Overman DM, Austin EH, Karamlou T, Lodge AJ, St Louis JD, Gruber PJ, Ziemer G, Davies RR, Jacobs JP, Brown JW, Williams WG, Tchervenkov CI, Jacobs ML, Caldarone CA; Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society. Association of Pulmonary Conduit type and size with durability in infants and young children. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Nov;96(5):1695-701; discussion 1701-2.

Pub Med page for Pirooz Eghtesady, MD, PhD


Eghtesady P. Hyoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. In Encyclopedia of Molecular Mechanisms of Diseases, © 2008, Springer-Verlag Publishing, Heidelberg, Germany.

Eghtesady P, Stevens J. The Intern Survival Guide to the Stanford Cardiac Surgery Service. © 1994.

Eghtesady P, Kronenberg M. The Function of ãä T-lymphocytes and Te Non-classical Class I Molecules. © 1992, University of California Publishing, Los Angeles, CA.

Hershberg R, Eghtesady P, Kronenberg M. Intestinal Lymphocytes and Epithelium Express the Thymus Leukemia Antigen in “The Immunology of the Gut” from the Proceedings of International Congress on Mucosal Immunology V, Tokyo. © 1990. Excerpta Medical International Congress Series, Elsevier Science Publishing BV.