Medical Advisory Board

Thomas Krabatsch
Thomas Krabatsch, MD, PhD
Professor, Head of Division for Mechanical Circulatory Support
Senior Cardiac Surgeon
German Heart Institute, Berlin
Dr. Krabatsch is a senior cardiac surgeon and the head of the division for mechanical circulatory support at the German Heart Institute, Berlin. His primary specialties are mechanical circulatory support, adult cardiac surgery, coronary surgery, cardiac surgery in patients with severely diminished ventricular function, alternative procedures for coronary artery disease (TMR, growth factors, and gene therapy), and infections in cardiac surgery. Dr. Krabatsch is a founding member of Euromacs and member of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, Berlin-Brandenburg Cardiovascular Society, and German Society for Gene Therapy.

Bart Meyns
Bart Meyns, MD, PhD
Professor and Chief of Cardiac Surgery
University Hospital, Leuven, Belgium
Dr. Meyns is a Professor and Chief of Cardiac Surgery at the University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium. He has been affiliated with the University of Leuven since receiving his medical degree there and has been a member of the staff since 1993. Dr. Meyns was also a general surgery resident at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in Exeter, Devon, London. In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Meyns received a PhD in 1997 with his thesis, “Ventricular Support with Miniature Rotary Blood Pumps”, one of his primary interests, among clinical applications of mechanical support systems and congenital heart surgery. He is a member of numerous international and European Societies and served as President of the International Society for Rotary Blood Pumps and the European Society of Artificial Organs.

David Morales
David Luís Simón Morales, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery
Clark-Helmsworth Chair and Chief of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, The Heart Institute
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Dr. Morales is a Surgeon and Director of Congenital Heart Surgery as well as the Clark-Helmsworth Endowed Chair of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Morales has an academic appointment of Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. He is board certified in surgery, thoracic surgery, and congenital heart surgery. After completing his fellowship, he was recruited to Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in 2004 and in 2012 earned notoriety by leading the development of the largest pediatric mechanical circulatory support program in the country. He was subsequently recruited to The Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. At Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Morales’ current areas of investigative research include artificial circulatory devices, tissue engineering, 3-dimensional printing of congenital heart defects, and congenital heart surgery animation/virtual surgery. He has helped introduce new areas of clinical care to the hospital in complex neonatal surgery, VAD/TAH support, and lung transplantation. Dr. Morales is also a member of several national committees for congenital heart surgery, ventricular assist devices, transplantation, and national clinical and administrative databases. He is presently the national Principal Investigator for the 50/50cc pediatric TAH US Food and Drug Administration trial and holds several grants for his research.

James Mudd
James O. Mudd, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, and Advanced Cardiac Devices
Knight Cardiovascular Institute
Oregon Health & Science University
Dr. Mudd joined the team of heart failure, heart transplantation, and ventricular assist device specialists at Oregon Health & Science University in October 2010. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Cardiovascular Division at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. Dr. Mudd received his Bachelor of Science from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington and his medical degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. During medical school, he spent 1 year as a Sarnoff Fellow at Harvard and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Mudd’s major clinical research interest is in ventricular assist devices. He has published in top-notch peer-reviewed journals and has been co-investigator on a number of National Institutes of Health grants.

Mark Slaughter
Mark S. Slaughter, MD
Professor and Chair
Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
University of Louisville
Dr. Slaughter is Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Louisville and has an appointment in the Department of Bioengineering. He currently serves as a consultant to the US Food and Drug Administration Medical Device Review Panel, is a National Science Foundation SBIR/STTR grant reviewer, and previously served two terms for the Health and Human Services Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee. In addition, he serves on the Ethics Committee and the Education Committee for the American Association of Thoracic Surgery and is a Councilor for the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association. Dr. Slaughter has served as the President of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs and President of the International Society of Rotary Blood Pumps. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the American Society of Artificial Internal Organs Journal and also serves as an Associate Editor for the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

Howard Song, MD, PhD
Professor and Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Knight Cardiovascular Institute
Oregon Health & Science University
Dr. Song is a Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. He is an expert in the surgical treatment of all forms of adult cardiovascular disease. Dr. Song’s special areas of clinical interest include surgery for heart failure, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and aortic aneurysms. After receiving undergraduate and medical degrees at Yale University and Stanford University, Dr. Song completed his general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery training at the University of Pennsylvania and Emory University. He also received a PhD in immunology from the University of Pennsylvania for a thesis studying different forms of T cell tolerance. Dr. Song joined the faculty of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at OHSU in 2004. Since then, he has been instrumental in developing a faculty and practice that offers advanced, cutting-edge treatments for all forms of cardiovascular, pulmonary, and upper gastrointestinal disease. Dr. Song is actively involved in both clinical and basic science research on cardiovascular disease. He has been involved with clinical trial design and participated in numerous clinical, translational, pharmaceutical, and device studies. Dr. Song is also actively involved with specialty societies and committees and is a reviewer for 12 journals.

Albert Starr, MD
Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Surgery
Chairman of the Knight Cardiovascular Institute
Oregon Health & Science University
Dr. Starr is an internationally accomplished cardiovascular surgeon who pioneered and implanted the world’s first artificial heart valve. The groundbreaking Starr-Edwards heart valve has saved and prolonged the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world. He is a distinguished professor of cardiovascular medicine and Chairman of the Knight Cardiovascular Institute at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). In 1957, Dr. Starr established the first open-heart surgery program at the University of Oregon Medical School (now Oregon Health & Science University). He performed Oregon’s first pediatric open-heart surgery on a 7-year-old girl at OHSU’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in 1958. Later that year, he met retired fluids engineer M. Lowell Edwards, who was seeking help to develop an artificial heart. Dr. Starr convinced Edwards to begin by creating an artificial mitral valve. In 1960, he performed the world’s first successful artificial mitral valve implant at OHSU. That same year, M. Lowell Edwards incorporated Edwards Laboratories to manufacture and market the Starr-Edwards valve. In 1963, Dr. Starr performed the world’s first successful triple valve replacement surgery at OHSU. He also performed Oregon’s first heart transplant at OHSU in 1985. Dr. Starr is the 2007 Albert Lasker Awardee for Clinical Medical Research and received the Institut de France’s Grand Prix Scientifique in 2015.