News | January 22, 2010

Cedars-Sinai Creates Largest Heart Transplant Program

January 22, 2010 - The California Heart Center, the cardiology group that developed the nation’s largest heart transplant program, has joined the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.

The California Heart Center physicians are moving from UCLA to assume leadership roles at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. Their group, which will remain in private practice, will also become part of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Care Foundation.

The group is led by Jon Kobashigawa, M.D., a past president of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation who has authored more than 200 scientific manuscripts. Kobashigawa also leads a number of major multinational clinical research studies. His past medical studies have resulted in groundbreaking medical protocols, such as customized anti-rejection medications for transplant patients.

At the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, Dr. Kobashigawa will serve as director of heart transplantation, director of advanced heart disease and as the institute’s associate director for clinical affairs.

“What attracted us was not only Cedars-Sinai’s long-standing strengths in heart-related patient care and research, but the vision and leadership of Heart Institute Director Eduardo Marbán and his colleagues,” Dr. Kobashigawa said. “Over the last several years, it’s become clear that the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute is on a trajectory to become one of the world’s leading cardiovascular programs, having attracted several of the nation’s top heart physicians and researchers.”

Dr. Kobashigawa’s colleagues at the California Heart Center also will have key roles in the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute include Jaime Moriguchi, M.D., medical director, mechanical circulatory support program; Michele Hamilton, M.D., director, heart failure program; Antoine Hage, M.D., director, solid organ transplant cardiology; Jignesh Patel, M.D., Ph.D., co-medical director, heart transplant program; and Michelle Kittleson, M.D., Ph.D., director, post-graduate education in heart failure and transplantation.

An additional member of the group, Babak Azarbal, M.D., practices interventional cardiology with a focus on heart failure patients. Azarbal was chief resident during his internal medicine training at Cedars-Sinai.

For more information: www.cedars-sinai.edu

Related Content

Mandatory Public Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Reporting Associated With Better Patient Outcomes
News | Cardiovascular Surgery | April 30, 2018
Mandatory public reporting of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) results in Massachusetts was associated with...
Gecko Biomedical Receives CE Mark Approval for Setalum Sealant
News | Cardiovascular Surgery | September 19, 2017
Gecko Biomedical announced it has received CE Mark approval for its Setalum Sealant, allowing the company to market its...
ClearFlow Inc. Announces Positive U.S. Clinical Trial Results
News | Cardiovascular Surgery | September 08, 2017
September 8, 2017 — ClearFlow Inc.
Videos | Cardiovascular Surgery | July 19, 2017
This video educational session, provided in partnership with the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), is title
Intensive Glycemic Control Program Produces Significant Per-Patient Cost Savings for CABG Surgery
News | Cardiovascular Surgery | May 25, 2017
A new study from Emory University observed a near-20 percent reduction in perioperative complications, a 1.2-day...
Risk of Heart Transplant Rejection Reduced by Desensitizing Patient Antibodies
News | Cardiovascular Surgery | May 23, 2017
The risk of heart transplant rejection can be reduced by desensitizing patient antibodies, according to research...
Scientists Show How Cells React to Injury From Open-Heart Surgery
News | Cardiovascular Surgery | May 04, 2017
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute investigators have learned how cardiac muscle cells react to a certain type of injury that...
ERACS Session Highlights Need for Standardized Best Practices in Cardiac Surgery
News | Cardiovascular Surgery | May 02, 2017
The recently formed group Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery (ERACS) hosted an organizing session in Boston on...
ClearFlow Receives Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award for PleuraFlow Technology
News | Cardiovascular Surgery | May 01, 2017
ClearFlow Inc. has received the prestigious 2017 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation. The...
Edwards Intuity Elite sutureless aortic valve, first implants in Connecticut, WCHN, Western Connecticut Health Network
News | Cardiovascular Surgery | February 16, 2017
Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) cardiothoracic surgeons Cary Passik, M.D., and Robert Gallagher, M.D., were...
Overlay Init