Assistant Professor, Department of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery
David A. D’Alessandro, MD is an Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, New York.
Before joining the Montefiore Medical Center faculty, Dr. D’Alessandro was on the faculty of the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York where he served as a clinical instructor and an active participant in the heart transplantation and mechanical assist device programs, one of the largest such programs in the nation.
Dr. D’Alessandro received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University. He received his medical education at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. D’Alessandro completed his residency in General Surgery, a fellowship in Renal Transplantation and a clinical and research fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York.
Dr. D’Alessandro’s clinical focus has been on surgical treatments of end stage heart failure including mechanical assistance and heart transplantation. He has a broad experience with all aspects of adult cardiothoracic surgery including on and off pump coronary artery bypass surgery, valve repair and replacement, and the treatment thoracic aneurysms. He has a special interest in minimally invasive approaches to the treatment of cardiac diseases including the use of robotic assistance. Additionally, he has extensive experience with the latest generation of mechanical assist devices and is a co-investigator in their ongoing clinical trials.
In addition to numerous publications and scientific presentations, he was awarded a U.S. patent for a novel cardiac stabilizer with a potential application to beating heart surgery. Dr. D’Alessandro is central figure in the Montefiore’s research effort investigating the application of endogenous stem cells for the rescue of advanced heart failure.
1. Ashton RC, Jr., Goldstein DJ, D’Alessandro D, Weinberg AD, Burkhoff D, Rosskothen HD, Lemole GM, Oz MC. Development of an intraluminal device for the treatment of aortic regurgitation: prototype and in vitro testing system. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 1996;112(4):979-983.
2. Dean DA, Cabreriza SE, Jia C-X, D’Alessandro DA, Sardo MJ, Chalik N, Soto PF, Dickstein ML, Spotnitz HM. Validation study of a new transit-time ultrasonic flow probe for continuous measurements of the great vessels. ASAIO 1996;42(5):M671-6.
3. Goldstein DJ, Ashton RC, Slater JP, Pearson M, Seldomridge JA, D’Alessandro DA, Jordan DA, Oz MC. Venoarterial shunting for the treatment of right sided circulatory failure following left ventricular assist device placement. ASAIO 1997;43(3):171-6.
4. Landry DW, Levin HR, Gallant EM, Ashton RC Jr, Seo S, D’Alessandro D, Oz MC, Oliver JA. Vasopressin deficiency contributes to the vasodilitation of septic shock. Circulation 1997;95(5):1122-5.
5. Landry DW, Levin HR, Gallant EM, Seo S, D’Alessandro DA, Oz MC, Oliver JA. Vasopressin pressor hypersensitivity in vasodilatory septic shock. Critical Care Medicine 1997;25(8):1279-82.
6. D’Alessandro DA, Rao V, DiGiorgi PL, Oz MC. Current options for mechanical heart technology. Journal of Cardiac Surgery 2002;17(1): 81-8.
7. Liu EH, D’Alessandro DA, Hardy MA. Ethical issues in living renal donation. Transplant Proceedings 2003;35(3):1174-6.
8. Bearzi C, Rota M, Hosoda T, Tillmanns J, Nascimbene A, De Angelis A, Yasuzawa-Amano S, Trofimova I, Siggins RW, Lecapitaine N, Cascapera S, Beltrami AP, D'Alessandro DA, Zias E, Quaini F, Urbanek K, Michler RE, Bolli R, Kajstura J, Leri A, Anversa P. Human cardiac stem cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci 2007 Aug 28;104(35):14068-73. Epub 2007 Aug 20.
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