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D'Alessandro, David A., MD

  • Surgical Director, Heart Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Devices
  • Member of Faculty, Harvard Medical School

617-726-8841

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Overview

David A. D'Alessandro, MD, is cardiac surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a member of the Mass General Corrigan Minehan Heart Center and the Mass General Transplant Center, and specializes in ventricular assist devices.

Departments

Cardiac Surgery

Surgery

Centers & Specialties

Heart Center

Transplant Center

Clinical Interests
  • Cardiac (heart) surgery
  • Heart failure
  • Ventricular assist devices
  • Heart transplant
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Valve repair and replacement
  • Thoracic aneurysms
Medical Education
  • MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Residency, Columbia University Medical Center|Residency, New York Presbyterian Columbia Medical Center
  • Fellowship, New York Presbyterian Columbia Medical Center
Board Certifications
  • Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery)
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO

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Patient Age Group
Adult
Gender
Male

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Biography

David A. D'Alessandro, MD is a Member of Faculty at Harvard Medical School.  He is also the surgical director of Heart Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Devices in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Before joining, Dr. D'Alessandro was on the faculty of the Montefiore Medical Center in New York where he served as the surgical director of the Heart Transplantation Program. Under his leadership, the program experienced consistent growth and led the region in survival outcomes. In 2013 he was named the Erika and Jay Abramson Distinguished Surgeon in recognition of his scientific contributions to the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. 

Dr. D'Alessandro received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and completed his medical education at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his residency in general surgery, a fellowship in renal transplantation and clinical and research fellowships in cardiothoracic surgery at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York. 

Dr. D'Alessandro has focused his clinical interests on surgical treatments of end stage heart failure including mechanical assistance and heart transplantation. He has broad experience with all aspects of adult cardiothoracic surgery including on and off pump coronary artery bypass surgery, valve repair and replacement, and the treatment thoracic aneurysms. Additionally, he has extensive experience with acute and chronic mechanical circulatory support devices including the latest generation of mechanical assist devices.   

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Research & Publications

Research Summary
Dr. D'Alessandro research has studied the effects and effectiveness of mechanical circulatory support systems, including ventricular assist devices. He has participated in numerous clinical trials, with a focus on mitral valve repair and replacement.   

In addition to numerous publications and scientific presentations, he was awarded a U.S. patent for a novel cardiac stabilizer with a potential application to beating heart surgery. Dr. D'Alessandro was a co-investigator in the NHLBI sponsored Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network and an active participant in trial design and implementation. Additional areas of interest include stem cell applications for myocardial regeneration and ex-vivo organ perfusion and resuscitation.
Publications

View my most recent publications at PubMed

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News & Events

  • The Promise of Ventricular-Assist Devices

    Ventricular circulatory assist devices (VADs) now almost rival heart transplantation in terms of their impact on patient survival and quality of life. VADs are becoming smaller and more durable, and the associated risks are declining.

  • Firm footing

    A few days after the Fourth of July, 70-year-old Jeff Maynard of New Hampshire climbed the steps of the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown to celebrate a personal independence day. Just weeks before, he had a heart transplant at the MGH.

  • David A. D'Alessandro, MD, joins Mass General

    David A. D’Alessandro, MD has been appointed surgical director of Heart Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Devices in the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center Division of Cardiac Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

  • A second chance

    It’s not every day you get a second lease on life. Emma Morgan, however, received that second chance 10 years ago thanks to a procedure performed by the MGH Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Program.

Contact

Cardiac Surgery
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-8841
Fax: 617-726-5804

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