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Dr. Emile Bacha

Dr. Emile Bacha is a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon with a subspecialization in pediatric cardiac surgery.  He completed his surgical and cardiothoracic surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital.  From 2000-2004, he was the surgical director of the Congenital Heart Center at the University of Chicago.  From 2004-2009, he was Senior Associate in Cardiac Surgery at Children’s Hospital Boston and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School , as well as Cardiac Surgery Fellowship Program Director, and Director of the Pediatric Heart Valve Center.  Since January 2010, Dr. Bacha has been Director of the Congenital and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Program at Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons.  In July 2011, he was appointed Chief of the Division of Cardiac, Thoracic, and Vascular Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Bacha’s research interest center around rendering pediatric cardiac surgery safer and less invasive.  He has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, and Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education.  Dr. Bacha is one of the early developers of the “hybrid stage I” procedure for treatment of the congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome.  This hybrid procedure is performed without cardiopulmonary bypass support and is, therefore, less invasive than the traditional treatment (the Norwood procedure which requires extensive open heart surgery).

Dr. Bacha is an Advisory Board member of The Children’s Heart Foundation, a board member of the Research Committee of the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education, and the Chair of the Taskforce for Patient Safety of the STS.  He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He has received numerous awards and honors including the Simone et Cino del Duca Foundation Research award for research done at Paris-Sud University.