Dr. Hiesinger is a board-certified, fellowship-trained specialist in adult cardiac surgery. He is also an assistant professor in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Dr. Hiesinger?s clinical focus encompasses the full spectrum of cardiothoracic conditions and treatment approaches, such as heart transplantation, lung transplantation, mitral and aortic valve repair, cardiomyopathy surgical treatment, and coronary artery bypass procedures. He serves as Surgical Director of the Stanford Mechanical Circulatory Support Program, where he leads and directs the surgical implantation of ventricular assist devices (VADs) in patients with end-stage heart failure.
The National Institutes of Health and the Thoracic Surgery Foundation have awarded funds to support Dr. Hiesinger?s research. In the Stanford Cardiothoracic Therapeutics and Surgery Laboratory, he investigates innovations such as bioengineered devices, tissue engineering, and angiogenic cytokine therapy for the treatment of ischemic heart failure.
He has published extensively on new techniques in ventricular assist device implantation, advances in life support for cardiac failure, cell transplantation in heart failure, and many other topics. His work has appeared in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Journal of Vascular Surgery, Journal of Cardiac Failure, Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine, and elsewhere. In addition, Dr. Hiesinger is a reviewer for the publication Circulation.
He teaches courses on cardiothoracic surgery skills. He also advises surgeons of the future.
Dr. Hiesinger has won awards for his research and scholarship, including the Surgical Resident of the Year Award, Jonathan E. Rhoads Research Award, Clyde F. Baker Research Prize, and I.S. Ravdin Prize, all from his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania. He was a finalist for the Vivien Thomas Young Investigator Award from the American Heart Association.
Dr. Hiesinger is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and serves on the Workforce on Surgical Treatment of End-Stage Cardiopulmonary Disease national committee. He is also a member of the American Heart Association Council for Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery.
- Heart Transplantation
- Mechanical Circulatory Support
- Mitral Valve Repair
- Aortic Aneurysm
- Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
- Cardiac Surgery
- Complex Valve Repair Surgery
- Aortic Valve Repair
- Valve Replacement Surgery
- Surgical Treatments of Cardiomyopathy
- Heart Failure
- Ventricular Assist Device
- Heart-Lung Transplantation
- Coronary Artery Bypass
- Coronary Artery Bypass, Off-pump
- Reoperative Cardiac Surgery
- Clinical Device Trials
- Lung Transplantation
- Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
- Thoracic Surgery
Honors & Awards
Keith Reemtsma Surgical Resident of the Year Award, Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania (2014)
Jonathan E. Rhoads Research Award, Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania (2011)
Vivien Thomas Young Investigator Award Finalist, American Heart Association (2010)
Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society, University of Pennsylvania (2007)
Clyde F. Baker Research Prize, Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania (2007)
First Place, Medical Student Research Day Basic Science Research, University of Pennsylvania (2007)
I. S. Ravdin Prize, Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania (2007)
Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations
Member, Society of Thoracic Surgeons Workforce on Surgical Treatment of End-Stage Cardiopulmonary Disease, National Committee (2017 - Present)
Reviewer, Circulation (2017 - Present)
Member, American Heart Association, Council for Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery (2017 - Present)
Member, Society of Thoracic Surgeons (2017 - Present)
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Dept of CTS (2016) PA
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania General Surgery Residency (2014) PA
Medical Education: Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania (2007) PA
Board Certification: American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery (2017)
Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, General Surgery (2015)
M.D., University of Pennsylvania (2008)