Medical School
Harvard Medical School (1990)
Duke University Medical Center (1991), General Surgery
Duke University Medical Center (1997), General Surgery
Duke University Medical Center (1999), Thoracic Surgery

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • Adult Congenital Heart Surgery
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure
  • Atrioventricular Canal
  • Cardiac Transplantation
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Coarctation of the Aorta Repair
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congenital Heart Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Heart Tumor
  • Heart Valve Disease, Stenosis, Regurgitation
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Hole in Heart
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart
  • Maze Procedure
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Repair/Replacement
  • Open Heart Surgery
  • Pacemaker Insertion
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) Closure
  • Pulmonary Atresia
  • Pulmonary Stenosis
  • Surgical Stents
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return
  • Transposition of the Great Arteries
  • Tricuspid Atresia
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Truncus Arteriosus
  • Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)
  • Research Interest

    • Hypoxic-ischemic neurologic injury in piglets undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass, selective cerebral perfusion and deep hypothermic circulatory arrest.
    • Minimally invasive approaches to congenital heart surgery.
    • Quality improvement in congenital heart surgery.
    • Validation of somatic and cerebral near infrared spectroscopy during cardiopulmonary bypass in pediatric patients.


    Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

    Upregulation of Hypoxia Inducible Factor is Associated with Attenuation of Neuronal Injury in Neonatal Piglets Undergoing Deep Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest.
    Kerendi F, Halkos ME, Kin H, Corvera JS, Brat DJ, Wagner MB, Vinten-Johansen J, Zhao ZQ, Forbess JM, Kanter KR, Kelley ME, Kirshbom PM. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2005 130 / 4 1079
    In Vitro Flow Analysis of a Patient-Specific Intraatrial Total Cavopulmonary Connection.
    deZelicout DA, Pekkan K, Wills L, Kanter K, Forbess J, Sharma S, Forgel M, Yoganathan AP. Ann Thorac Surg 2005 79 2094-1202
    Redo Mitral Valve Replacement in Children
    Kanter KR, Forbess JM, Kirshbom PM Ann Thorac Surg 2005 80(2) 642-646
    Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection: An Analysis of Current Management Strategies in a Single Institution
    Hancock-Friesen C, Zurakowski D, Thiagarajan RR, Forbess JM, del Nido PJ, Mayer JE, Jonas RA Ann Thorac Surg 2005 79 596-606
    Cost-utility analysis of salvage cardiac extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in children
    Mahle WT, Forbess JM, Kirshbom PM, Cuadrado AR, Simsic JM, Kanter KR. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2005 129 1084-90

    Honors & Awards

    • Top Pediatric Specialist
      Named by D Magazine (2007)
    • TSFRE Scholarship
      Leadership Program in Health Policy & Management, Heller School for Social Policy/Management, Brandeis University (2007)
    • Meritorius Service Award
      AmSECT Pediatric Conference, Atlanta, Georgia (2006)
    • Harvard College Scholarship
    • John Harvard Scholarship

    Professional Associations/Affiliations

    • American College of Cardiology
    • American College of Surgeons
    • American Heart Association, Council on Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
    • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
    • Southern Thoracic Surgical Association