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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.
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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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Warm perfusion and careful selection of marginal organs allow Mass General transplant teams to save more lives.
Kevin Daignault, 55, says his wife, Susan, just happened to notice her smartphone light up in the early morning hours of Dec. 29, 2017, having somehow missed dozens of other urgent calls from a small office on Cox 6 at the MGH.
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.
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 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.
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.
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