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May 4, 2017 | 7:00 am
Kontos Medical Sciences Building Auditorium

“Neuroprotection of infants undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass: translational research studies”


Richard Jonas, MD
Division Chief, Cardiac Surgery
Co-Director, Childrens' National Heart Institute

Richard Jonas, MD | Chief, Cardiovascular Surgery & Co-Director of Children's National Heart Institute


Richard Jonas, MD Dr. Jonas is chief of Cardiovascular Surgery and co-director of the Children's National Heart Institute. He is a world-renowned pediatric cardiac surgeon specializing in optimizing the developmental and cognitive outcomes of patients after surgery for congenital heart disease. He is a pioneer of corrective surgery, personally performing more than 350 complex congenital reconstructive procedures annually and holds the Cohen-Funger Distinguished Professorship in Cardiovascular Research.

Dr. Jonas has trained a large number of cardiothoracic surgery residents and fellows during his career and maintains active NIH-supported laboratory and clinical research programs. Dr. Jonas also has helped in the development of a number of international cardiac surgical programs around the world and is a coveted international speaker and guest surgeon. He is the author of the leading pediatric cardiovascular surgery textbook in the field, Comprehensive Surgical Management of Congenital Heart Disease. He is also a co-author of two other textbooks in pediatric cardiac surgery.

Safe cardiopulmonary bypass is critical to the success of a cardiac surgical program. Dr. Jonas maintains active laboratory and clinical research programs. He has spent his career studying ways to improve the safety of cardiopulmonary bypass, particularly as it relates to neurological development. His development of a clinical research program in cardiopulmonary bypass techniques has revolutionized the field of pediatric cardiac surgery. Using safer strategies for bypass has resulted in improved outcomes, quicker intensive care unit recovery, shorter lengths-of-stay, fewer neurological injuries, and better long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes. Dr. Jonas continues to study advanced bypass techniques within the Children’s National Heart Institute in a dedicated research laboratory. He also has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed manuscript

Children's National Health System | Richard Jonas, MD — Bio

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify the deleterious effects of cardiopulmonary bypass that are particularly relevant to neonates and infants

  2. Understand how translational research from laboratory studies to clinical studies and prospective trials have led to improved techniques of cardiopulmonary bypass

  3. Understand the structural evidence for and mechanisms of cerebral  white matter injury in infants with congenital heart disease

University Health Services Professional Education Programs (UHS-PEP) of Virginia Commonwealth University Health System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education to physicians. UHS-PEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(TM) Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability. If special accommodations need to be made, please contact the Department of Surgery at 804-828-7874.

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Sanger Hall, Rm 1-044

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