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.