Bartley Griffith, M.D.
Professor of Surgery, Chief, Cardiac
Surgery and Cardiothoracic Transplantation
Dr. Griffith's clinical work focuses on coronary
artery surgery, mitral and aortic valve repair and replacement
and aneurysmal disease of the thoracic aorta. His research
interests are concentrated on heart and lung transplantation,
cell transplantation and advancing the use of artificial
organs. He has directed more than 1,200 heart transplants
and 600 lung transplants and is an innovator in the
use of immunosuppression after transplant and mechanical
blood pumps prior to transplant. He is also developing
a program in mechanical support of the failing heart,
providing surgical options as a bridge to transplantation
or as a life lengthening therapy.
Prior to his arrival at the University of Maryland,
Dr.Griffith served as vice chair in the department of
surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine,
where he was also chief of cardiothoracic surgery and
the Henry T.Bahnson Professor of Surgery. He also served
as the founding director for the internationally recognized
McGowan Center for Artificial Organ Development.
Dr. Griffith received his medical degree from Jefferson
Medical College and completed a surgery internship and
general and cardiothoracic surgery residency at the
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Health Center
Hospitals. He is an NHLBI investigator and is currently
developing an artificial lung. He has published over
500 articles and book chapters, lectured at professional
meetings nationally and internationally, and is the
recipient of numerous honors and awards, including induction
into the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland.