EDUCATION

Undergraduate Degree

  • Georgetown University , 2002 , Washington , DC

Medical School

  • University of Maryland School of Medicine , Baltimore , MD

Residency

General Surgery
  • Massachusetts General Hospital , 2015 , Boston , MA

Fellowship

Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Massachusetts General Hospital , 2017 , Boston , MA

Fellowship

Congenital Cardiac Surgery
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2018 , Boston , MA

Fellowship

Congenital Cardiac Surgery
  • Seattle Children's Hospital , 2019 , Seattle , WA

Fellowship

Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Instructorship
  • Columbia University/Children's Hospital of NY , 2020 , New York , NY

Philosophy of Care

It was the dedication, skill, and compassion of the early pioneers of heart surgery that allowed my own father to receive a life-saving heart operation before I entered medical school. The inspiration I felt then to devote myself fully to developing the skills and knowledge necessary to pay that benefit forward has only grown stronger with each patient I now have the privilege of caring for today.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

I completed my general surgery training at the Massachusetts General Hospital, during which I spent three years performing research in mitral valve disease and surgical therapies for heart failure at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. I then completed my adult cardiothoracic surgery training at Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by congenital cardiac surgery training at both Boston Children’s Hospital and Seattle Children’s Hospital. For additional specialty training in both neonatal and adult congenital cardiac surgery, I spent an additional year as a cardiac surgery instructor at Columbia University/Children’s Hospital of New York. I joined the cardiac surgery faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital in July 2020 and am actively involved in all aspects of neonatal, pediatric, and adult congenital cardiac surgery, with a focus on developing improved techniques and systems for the care of patients with adult congenital cardiac disease.

Selected Publications

  1. Tan C, Kwon MH, Chavez M, Friedman K, Staffa S, del Nido PJ, Baird CW. Ascending aortoplasty in pediatric patients undergoing aortic valve procedures. Ann Thorac Surg. Accepted for publication Jun. 2020.
  2. Kwon MH, Bacha EA. Valve-sparing techniques for tetralogy of Fallot: A systematic approach for maximizing success and minimizing risk. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Pediatr Card Surg Ann. 2020;23:24-28.
  3. Tolis G, Bloom JP, Kwon MH. New technology, new complications: Training the next generation of CT surgeons (Reply). Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 Mar; 109(3):983-4.
  4. Bloom JP, Kwon MH, Tolis G Jr. Early distal migration of a self-expanding aortic valve prosthesis causing myocardial infarction. Ann Thorac Surg. 2019 Jul;108(1):e1-e3.
  5. Kwon MH, Sundt TM. Bicuspid aortic valvulopathy and associated aortopathy: A review of contemporary studies relevant to clinical decision-making. Curr Treat Options Cardiovasc Med. 2017;19(9):68.
  6. Cevasco M, Kwon MH, Fiedler A, Lee LS, Shiao J, Shah RV, Worthington AH, Fox JA, Kwong RY, Chen FY. Right heart failure: An ischemic model and restraint therapy for treatment. Ann Thorac Surg. 2014;97(4):1356-62.
  7. Cevasco M, Mick SL, Kwon MH, Lee LS, Chen EP, Chen FY. True external diameter better predicts hemodynamic performance of bioprosthetic aortic valves than manufacturers' stated size. J Heart Valve Dis. 2013;22(3):377-82.
  8. Kwon MH, Lee LS, Cevasco M, Couper GS, Shekar PS, Cohn LH, Chen FY. Recurrence of mitral regurgitation after partial versus complete mitral valve ring annuloplasty for functional mitral regurgitation. J Thorac and Cardiovasc Surg. 2013;146(3):616-22.
  9. Kwon MH, Cevasco M, Schmitto JD, Chen FY. Ventricular restraint therapy for heart failure: A review, summary of state of the art, and future directions. J Thorac and Cardiovasc Surg. 2012;144(4):771-777.e1.
  10. Lee LS, Kwon MH, Cevasco M, Schmitto JD, Mokashi SA, McGurk S, Cohn LH, Bolman RM III, Chen FY. Postoperative recurrence of mitral regurgitation following annuloplasty for functional mitral regurgitation. Ann of Thorac Surg. 2012;94(4):1211-6; discussion 1216-7.
  11. Lee LS, Ghanta RK, Mokashi SA, Coelho-Filho O, Kwong RY, Kwon MH, Guan J, Liao R, Chen FY. Optimized ventricular restraint therapy: Adjustable restraint is superior to standard restraint in ischemic cardiomyopathy. J Thorac and Cardiovasc Surg. 2013 Mar;145(3):824-31.
  12. Kwon MH, Cevasco M, Chen FY. Functional, Ischemic MR: To repair or not to repair? Circulation. 2012;125:2563-2565.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Tan CW, Marathe SP, Kwon MH, Chavez M, Friedman KG, Staffa S, Del Nido P, Baird CW. Ascending Aortoplasty in Pediatric Patients Undergoing Aortic Valve Procedures. Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 Sep 15. View abstract
  2. Tolis G, Bloom JP, Kwon MH. Reply. Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 03; 109(3):983-984. View abstract
  3. Bloom JP, Kwon MH, Tolis G. Early Distal Migration of a Self-Expanding Aortic Valve Prosthesis Causing Myocardial Infarction. Ann Thorac Surg. 2019 07; 108(1):e1-e3. View abstract
  4. Kwon MH, Sundt TM. Bicuspid Aortic Valvulopathy and Associated Aortopathy: a Review of Contemporary Studies Relevant to Clinical Decision-Making. Curr Treat Options Cardiovasc Med. 2017 Sep; 19(9):68. View abstract
  5. Cevasco M, Kwon M, Fiedler A, Lee LS, Shiao J, Shah RV, Worthington AH, Fox JA, Kwong RY, Chen FY. Right heart failure: an ischemic model and restraint therapy for treatment. Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 Apr; 97(4):1356-62; discussion 1362-3. View abstract
  6. Cevasco M, Mick SL, Kwon M, Lee LS, Chen EP, Chen FY. True external diameter better predicts hemodynamic performance of bioprosthetic aortic valves than the manufacturers' stated size. J Heart Valve Dis. 2013 May; 22(3):377-82. View abstract
  7. Kwon MH, Lee LS, Cevasco M, Couper GS, Shekar PS, Cohn LH, Chen FY. Recurrence of mitral regurgitation after partial versus complete mitral valve ring annuloplasty for functional mitral regurgitation. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013 Sep; 146(3):616-22. View abstract
  8. Kwon MH, Cevasco M, Schmitto JD, Chen FY. Ventricular restraint therapy for heart failure: A review, summary of state of the art, and future directions. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 Oct; 144(4):771-777.e1. View abstract
  9. Lee LS, Kwon MH, Cevasco M, Schmitto JD, Mokashi SA, McGurk S, Cohn LH, Bolman RM, Chen FY. Postoperative recurrence of mitral regurgitation after annuloplasty for functional mitral regurgitation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 Oct; 94(4):1211-6; discussion 1216-7. View abstract
  10. Lee LS, Ghanta RK, Mokashi SA, Coelho-Filho O, Kwong RY, Kwon M, Guan J, Liao R, Chen FY. Optimized ventricular restraint therapy: adjustable restraint is superior to standard restraint in an ovine model of ischemic cardiomyopathy. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013 Mar; 145(3):824-31. View abstract
  11. Kwon MH, Cevasco M, Chen FY. Functional, ischemic mitral regurgitation: to repair or not to repair? Circulation. 2012 May 29; 125(21):2563-5. View abstract
  12. Ozeki T, Kwon MH, Gu J, Collins MJ, Brassil JM, Miller MB, Gullapalli RP, Zhuo J, Pierson RN, Griffith BP, Poston RS. Heart preservation using continuous ex vivo perfusion improves viability and functional recovery. Circ J. 2007 Jan; 71(1):153-9. View abstract
  13. Burris N, Schwartz K, Tang CM, Jafri MS, Schmitt J, Kwon MH, Toshinaga O, Gu J, Brown J, Brown E, Pierson R, Poston R. Catheter-based infrared light scanner as a tool to assess conduit quality in coronary artery bypass surgery. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2007 Feb; 133(2):419-27. View abstract
  14. Poston RS, Kwon MH, Gu J. Role of procurement-related injury in early saphenous vein graft failure after coronary artery bypass surgery. Future Cardiol. 2006 Jul; 2(4):503-12. View abstract
  15. Poston RS, Gu J, Prastein D, Gage F, Hoffman JW, Kwon M, Azimzadeh A, Pierson RN, Griffith BP. Optimizing donor heart outcome after prolonged storage with endothelial function analysis and continuous perfusion. Ann Thorac Surg. 2004 Oct; 78(4):1362-70;; discussion 1362-70. View abstract