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Research | Overview

The principal areas of active research are:

  • Surgical robotics and ultrasound guided intracardiac surgery.The department is pioneering the use of 3-D ultrasound and laparoscopic techniques to operate on the beating heart.
  • Myocardial metabolism and myocardial hypertrophy and heart failure. Researchers are exploring new methods of myocardial preservation during heart surgery and the role of angiogenic growth factors in heart failure.
  • Tissue engineering to stimulate the growth of new tissue to repair congenital defects, including valve abnormalities, right ventricular defects, and arrhythmias.

The division is also developing a fetal cardiac surgery laboratory that will be conducting several clinical research projects including those to:

  • Evaluate techniques to remodel the right ventricle after repair of tetralogy of Fallot.
  • Determine optimal hematocrit levels to prevent neurologic injury during cardiopulmonary bypass.

Featured researchers in the Cardiac Surgery Research Laboratory hold faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School.