Dr. Bartley Griffith is a world-renowned heart and lung transplantation pioneer. Prior to joining the heart center at the University of Maryland, Dr. Griffith was Vice Chair in the Department of Surgery at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine, where he also served as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Henry T. Bahnson Professor of Surgery. Today, he is a professor of surgery and is the Thomas & Alice-Marie Hales Distinguished Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Dr. Griffith’s clinical interests include coronary artery surgery, mitral and aortic valve replacement and aneurismal disease of the thoracic aorta. His research interests focus on heart and lung transplantation, cell transplantation and advancement in the use of artificial organs. Dr. Griffith has overseen more than 1200 heart transplants and 600 lung transplants. He is well known for being the first to reconstruct the top two chambers of a woman’s heart with animal and human donor tissue to remove a potentially deadly tumor, called a myxoma in 2003, and for leading a team to implant a new rotary heart pumped, called the Jarvik 2000, to save a man’s life who was suffering from heart failure.

Dr. Griffith is an NHLBI investigator and currently working on the development of an artificial lung. He has written over 500 publications, is an international lecturer, and has been inducted into the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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