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Cardiac Surgery Lab
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
Explore This Research Lab
Cardiac surgery research contributes to the care of patients worldwide through the publication of research results in major, peer-reviewed scientific journals and the dissemination of information through teaching activities.
Over the years, our cardiac surgery research team has made many significant advances in the practice of cardiac surgery. These include:
- The first removal of a tumor within the heart in the U.S. under total body hypothermia (1955)
- The first use of extra-corporeal circulation to repair a heart defect in an infant (1956)
- The development of the intra-aortic balloon assist device in conjunction with AVCO
- The development of a test to help assess heart attacks and the appropriateness of surgery (1986)
- The first heart-liver transplant operation in New England (1993)
Areas of Research
- Beating heart surgery
- Thoracic aortic diseases
- Tissue engineering
- Transplantation biology
- Valve research
- Patient Story
- Jun | 28 | 2019
On Dec. 20, 2018, Greenfield, Massachusetts resident and tattoo artist Ben Reigle woke up at 3:50 am and was unable to move the right side of his body.
- Press Release
- Jun | 25 | 2019
A biological pathway previously found to contribute to the impact of stress on the risk of cardiovascular disease also may underlie the increased incidence of such disease experienced by individuals with lower socioeconomic status.
- May | 16 | 2019
Researchers recommend exercise training, alone or in combination with CBT, for patients with heart failure who are experiencing depressive symptoms.
- Press Release
- Mar | 6 | 2019
A team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has found that activity of an important signaling pathway increases with aging and with heart failure and that inhibiting that pathway can improve cardiac function in mouse models.
- Mar | 1 | 2019
A Massachusetts General Hospital research team has identified a nucleoprotein complex that is responsible for breaking down the arterial wall in aortic aneurysm.