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Peter Wearden, MD, PhD

Peter D. Wearden, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Biographical Summary

Peter D. Wearden, MD, PhD, joined Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in 2005 as a congenital cardiothoracic surgeon. Prior to coming to Pittsburgh he was with The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, where he was chief clinical fellow in pediatric cardiac surgery. In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Wearden has a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from West Virginia University. In 2003, Dr. Wearden was director of surgery for preclinical testing at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine and then following that position, he was a clinical instructor in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Wearden also is an associate professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Education and Training

Medical School: 1993 West Virginia University School of Medicine

Residency: 2001 West Virginia University School of Medicine, senior surgical resident and chief resident in surgery 2003 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, cardiothoracic surgery resident

Fellowship: 2005 The Hospital for Sick Children, clinical fellow, pediatric cardiac surgery

Awards

  • 2001 Watne, Warden, Moran Resident Research Award, Department of Surgery, West Virginia University
  • 2001 First Place, 13th Annual Bernard Zimmerman Resident Research Competition, Department of Surgery, West Virginia University

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery

Publications

Aortic translocation for the management of transposition of the great arteries with a ventricular septal defect, pulmonary stenosis, and hypoplasia of the right ventricle.



Victor Morell, MDVictor O. Morell, MD

Chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Biographical Summary

Victor O. Morell, MD, joined Children’s Hospital as chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2004.

He was recruited from Children’s Hospital of Tampa, Fla., where he served as chief of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery and director of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit from 2000 to 2004. Under his leadership, the pediatric cardiovascular program became the largest in Florida.

As an educator, he serves as associate professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; he also is involved in training cardiothoracic residents at the university and Allegheny General Hospital. In Florida, he was influential in providing residents and fellows with a pediatric cardiac intensive care rotation at Children’s Hospital of Tampa by building relationships with the University of South Florida and University of Florida.

In the laboratory, Dr. Morell is co-investigator of a National Institutes of Health-funded research initiative to develop an implantable ventricular assist device suitable for use in infants and children. He also is involved in clinical studies related to pediatric cardiothoracic surgery with expertise in the management of complex transposition of the great arteries with a ventricular septal defect and pulmonary stenosis.

Dr. Morell earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Purdue University and earned his medical degree from the Ponce School of Medicine, Ponce, Puerto Rico. He completed his surgical residency at Robert Packer Hospital-Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, Pa., where he was chief surgical resident in his final year. He completed his cardiothoracic residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He also completed fellowships in cardiothoracic surgery at Children’s Hospital Boston and at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London, England, before joining the medical staff at Children’s Hospital of Tampa. While in Tampa, Dr. Morell received the Pediatric Specialist of the Year award in 2001.

He has published more than two dozen peer-reviewed manuscripts in scientific journals and has presented numerous abstracts at national meetings. Dr. Morell is board-certified in general surgery and in thoracic surgery.

Education and Training

Medical School: 1988 Ponce School of Medicine, Ponce, Puerto Rico

Residency: 1993 General Surgery Residency, Robert Packer Hospital/Guthrie Clinic, Sayre, PA
1996 Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Boston, MA

Fellowship: 1996 Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship, Children's Hospital Boston, MA
1997 Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship, Great Ormond Hospital for Sick Children, London, U.K.

Memberships

  • 2004 Congenital Heart Surgeons Society
  • 2003 The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
  • 2002 PanAmerican Medical Association of Florida

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Publications

Experience with bovine pericardium for the reconstruction of the aortic arch in patients undergoing a Norwood procedure.



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