Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

pediatric cardiac surgery

Please welcome Dr. Massimo Griselli, our new chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery and professor in the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Griselli has a robust practice providing innovative congenital heart surgical care for complex conditions affecting neonates, children and adults, with a focus in the complete repair of complex neonatal congenital heart defects. He is internationally recognized in surgical care for adult congenital heart patients, heart transplant, and mechanical circulatory support. The expertise that he brings in transplantation and assist devices adds to our broad experience in congenital cardiac surgery in the Twin Cities and to the impact of an envisioned unified pediatric academic health system.  A skilled teacher and researcher, he has mentored many surgeons and published broadly in the areas of mechanical circulatory support, innovative management, and treatment of patients with single ventricle anomalies. He plans to continue this important research at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Griselli comes to us from King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where he is Senior Attending Surgeon in Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Circulatory Support and Heart and Lung Transplantation focusing on pediatric and in particular, neonatal cardiac surgery. Previously, he spent nearly nine years as a consultant in Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery and Heart and Lung Transplantation at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. He received his medical degree from the University of Perugia in Italy and masters of surgery from Imperial College, University of London, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Ireland.

Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship Program

This Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship program focuses on a greater educational opportunity around inpatient post-operative care management.  The Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship contains a robust transplant and VAD training program and it is highly focused on research efforts in those areas. Achieving the program’s goals and objectives will serve as evidence of personal and professional growth. Achieving these goals and objectives will represent satisfactory levels of progress. While faculty is supervising patient care, they will continuously provide feedback and mentorship. Our goal for this fellowship is to have our fellows feel supported, encouraged, and confident in their skills.

Bakken Symposium: Advances in Heart & Lung Transplantation

This course highlights the past, present, and future of heart and lung transplantation with a focus on optimizing outcomes through patient selection, procedural enhancements, and organ preservation. It discusses the role of technology in maximizing donor utilization and providing alternatives to transplantation. The breath of the course covers changes in therapies, shifts in practice, and emerging options for patients with organ failure.