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Joseph W. Rossano, MD
Joseph W. Rossano
Chief, Division of Cardiology

Dr. Rossano's extensive research experience primarily involves the epidemiology and outcomes of cardiovascular disease in children, and multi-institutional collaborative observational and interventional studies. His particular research interests include evaluating the treatment and outcomes of pediatric cardiomyopathy, heart failure, and transplantation.



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Dr. Rossano's aims to improve the lives of children with heart disease through clinical care, research, advocacy, and education. In his role as chief of Cardiology and co-executive director of the Cardiac Center, he leads an outstanding team of physicians, nurses, and allied healthcare professionals in the comprehensive care of children with heart disease and adults with congenital heart disease.

A fundamental tenet throughout Dr. Rossano's career is that research is vital to advancing the care of children. He has more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, recently serving as senior author on studies emanating from his work with the American Red Cross and the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival. One study detailed the importance of bystander CPR and ventilations in pediatric out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. This study was highlighted at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions as one of the top studies in resuscitation.

A major area of clinical and research focus for Dr. Rossano centers on advanced heart failure and mechanical circulatory support. Working with his colleagues, he has established the only comprehensive North American registry for pediatric ventricular assist devices. This collaborative registry is critical to the field of pediatric mechanical circulatory support as even large centers will have relatively modest number of patients.

Another clinical and research interest for Dr. Rossano centers on heart transplantation. He continues his work on risk factors and outcomes in thoracic transplantation including manuscripts from his work as the associate medical director for the International Thoracic Transplant Registry Steering Committee of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Education and Training

BS, Northern Arizona University (Zoology), 1996

MD, The University of Arizona, 2001

MS, Baylor College of Medicine (Clinical Research), 2011

Titles and Academic Titles

Chief, Division of Cardiology

Jennifer Terker Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiology

Executive Director, Cardiac Center

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships

Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2001-

Fellow, American College of Cardiology, 2004-

Member, American Heart Association, 2004-

Member, International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, 2007-

Member, Scientific Advisory Council, American Red Cross, 2008-

Member, Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society, 2008-

Editorial Advisory Board, Congenital Heart Dis: Clinical Studies from Fetus to Adulthood, 

Member, Scientific Advisory Council, Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES), 2013-

Member, Society for Critical Care Medicine, 2013-

Member, PediMacs Executive Committee; NIH, Hospital, and Industry Sponsored Registry for Ventricular Assist Devices, 2013-

Grant Reviewer, American Heart Association; Cardiovascular Development Clinical Review Committee, 2013-

Member, International Pediatric Transplant Association, 2014-

Associate Registry Director for Pediatric Heart Transplantation; The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, 2014-

Editorial Board, Journal of Critical Care Medicine, 2015-

Executive Board, Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium, 2015-

Professional Awards

Young Investigator Award Finalist, American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Cardiology, 2005

Young Investigator Travel Grant, Pediatric Academic Societies, 2006

Philip K. Caves Young Investigator Award Finalist, International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, 2007

Young Investigator Travel Grant, American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Cardiology, 2007

Young Investigator Award Winner, American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Cardiology, 2007

The Russell and Virginia McFarland Award for Oral Presentation of Research, Baylor College of Medicine, 2008

Chairman’s Award for Exceptional Efforts and Contributions, Scientific Advisory Council, American Red Cross, 2013

Special Citation for Exceptional Volunteer Service, American Red Cross, 2015

Publication Highlights

Links of Interest