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Emile A. Bacha, M.D.

Chief, Division of Cardiac, Thoracic, & Vascular Surgery
Director, Congenital and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian Congenital Heart Center


Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD)
Cardiac Surgery
Congenital Heart Disease
Heart Surgery
Heart Transplant, Pediatric
Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
Pediatric Heart Transplant
Pediatric/Congenital Cardiac Surgery
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Valve Reconstruction/Repair


Dr. Emile Bacha is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon with a subspecialization in pediatric cardiac surgery. From 2000-2004, he was the Surgical Director of the Congenital Heart Center at the University of Chicago. From 2004-2009, he was Senior Associate in Cardiac Surgery at the Children's Hospital Boston and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, as well as Cardiac Surgery Fellowship Program Director, and Director of the Pediatric Heart Valve Center. Since January 2010, Dr. Bacha has been Director of the Congenital and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery program at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Weill Cornell Medical School. In July 2011, he was appointed Chief of the Division of Cardiac, Thoracic, and Vascular Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.


Patient safety and performance measures for surgeons
Hybrid procedures
Valve repair procedures


Comorbid Conditions in Neonates With Congenital Heart Disease. Krishnamurthy G, Ratner V, Bacha E, Aspelund G. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2016 Aug;17(8 Suppl 1):S367-76. doi: 10.1097/PCC.0000000000000832.

The Use of Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest During Heart Transplantation Does Not Worsen Posttransplant Survival. Sorabella RA, Guglielmetti L, Bader A, Gomez A, Takeda K, Chai PJ, Takayama H, Bacha EA, Naka Y, George I. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 May 18. pii: S0003-4975(16)30167-9. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2016.03.058. [Epub ahead of print]

Welcome to the 12th. International Conference on Pediatric Mechanical Circulatory Support Systems and Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Perfusion. Ãœndar A, Chai P, Bacha E. Artif Organs. 2016 May;40(5):431-3. doi: 10.1111/aor.12752. No abstract available.

Survival of Three Neonates With Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia and d-Transposition of the Great Arteries. Blancha VL, Ratner V, Aspelund G, Chai P, Levasseur S, Krishnan U, Bacha E, Krishnamurthy G. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2016 May 6. pii: 2150135116632509. [Epub ahead of print]

The concept of "palliation" in children with heterotaxy syndrome. Cheung EW, Bacha EA. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016 May;151(5):1378-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2016.02.050. Epub 2016 Feb 27. No abstract available.

Evolving hybrid approaches: the preservation of the 'neglected' pulmonary valve function in patients with congenital heart disease. Vida VL, Bacha E, Stellin G. Expert Rev Cardiovasc Ther. 2016 Jul;14(7):793-8. doi: 10.1586/14779072.2016.1162711. Epub 2016 Apr 20.

Aiming to Preserve Pulmonary Valve Function in Tetralogy of Fallot Repair: Comparing a New Approach to Traditional Management. Sen DG, Najjar M, Yimaz B, Levasseur SM, Kalessan B, Quaegebeur JM, Bacha EA. Pediatr Cardiol. 2016 Jun;37(5):818-25. doi: 10.1007/s00246-016-1355-1. Epub 2016 Feb 26. Erratum in: Pediatr Cardiol. 2016 Jun;37(5):990.

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery Consensus Guidelines: Reasons and purpose. Svensson LG, Gillinov AM, Weisel RD, Keshavjee S, Bacha EA, Moon MR, Cameron DE, Sugarbaker DJ, Adams DH, Gaynor JW, Coselli JS, Del Nido PJ, Jones D, Sundt TM, Cohn LH, Pomar JL, Lytle BW, Schaff HV. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016 Apr;151(4):935-9.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2015.09.138. Epub 2016 Jan 23. Review.

Transcatheter Versus Surgical Closure of Atrial Septal Defects. Bacha E. JACC Cardiovasc Interv. 2016 Jan 11;9(1):87-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jcin.2015.11.011. No abstract available.

Ota T, Yerebakan H, Neely RC, Mongero L, George I, Takayama H, Williams MR, Naka Y, Argenziano M, Bacha E, Smith CR, Stewart AS. Short-term outcomes in adult cardiac surgery in the use of del Nido cardioplegia solution. Perfusion. 2015 Jul 30. [Epub ahead of print)

Zuckerman WA, Richmond ME, Lee TM, Bacha EA, Chai PJ, Chen JM, Addonizio LJ. Heart transplantation in the setting of complex congenital heart disease and physiologic single lung. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Jun 17. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2015.06.021. [Epub ahead of print]

Marshall CD, Weigand J, Sambatakos P, Hayes DA, Chen JM, Quaegebeur JM, Bacha E, Richmond ME. Repair of Anomalous Left Coronary Artery From the Right Pulmonary Artery: A Series of Nine Cases. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2015 Jul;6(3):382-6.

Anderson BR, Ciarleglio AJ, Cohen DJ, Lai WW, Neidell M, Hall M, Glied SA, Bacha EA. The Norwood operation: Relative effects of surgeon and institutional volumes on outcomes and resource utilization. Cardiol Young. 2015 Jul 14:1-10. [Epub ahead of print]

Kalfa D, Krishnamurthy G, Levasseur S, Najjar M, Chai P, Chen J, Quaegebeur J, Bacha E. Norwood Stage I Palliation in Patients Less Than or Equal to 2.5 kg: Outcomes and Risk Analysis. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015;100(1):167-73

Stephens EH, Ibrahimiye AN, Yerebakan H, Yilmaz B, Chelliah A, Levasseur S, Mosca RS, Chen JM, Chai P, Quaegebeur J, Bacha EA. Early Complete Atrioventricular Canal Repair Yields Outcomes Equivalent to Late Repair. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015;99(6):2109-16.

Gerrah R, Turner ME, Gottlieb D, Quaegebeur JM, Bacha E. Repair of Tetralogy of Fallot in Children Less Than 4 kg Body Weight. Pediatr Cardiol. 2015 Apr 3. [Epub ahead of print]

Anderson BR, Ciarleglio AJ, Krishnamurthy G, Glied SA, Bacha EA. Neonatal hypoplastic left heart syndrome: effects of bloodstream infections on outcomes and costs. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 May;99(5):1648-54.

Sen S, Duchon J, Lampl B, Aspelund G, Bacha E, Krishnamurthy G. Heterotaxy syndrome infants are at risk for early shunt failure after Ladd procedure. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Mar;99(3):918-25.

Yerebakan H, Sorabella RA, Najjar M, Castillero E, Mongero L, Beck J, Hossain M, Takayama H, Williams MR, Naka Y, Argenziano M, Bacha E, Smith CR, George I. Del Nido Cardioplegia can be safely administered in high-risk coronary artery bypass grafting surgery after acute myocardial infarction: a propensity matched comparison. J Cardiothorac Surg. 2014 30;9:141

Bernier PL, Gottlieb D, Bacha E. Successful treatment of mediastinitis in a young child by omental translocation following extracardiac Fontan graft placement.World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2014 Oct;5(4):608-10

Weigand J, Marshall CD, Bacha EA, Chen JM, Richmond ME. Repair of anomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery in the modern era: preoperative predictors of immediate postoperative outcomes and long term cardiac follow-up. Pediatr Cardiol. 2015 Mar;36(3):489-97

Heching HJ, Bacha EA, Liberman L. Post-pericardiotomy syndrome in pediatric patients following surgical closure of secundum atrial septal defects: incidence and risk factors. Pediatr Cardiol. 2015 Mar;36(3):498-502.

Anderson BR, Ciarleglio AJ, Salavitabar A, Torres A, Bacha EA. Earlier stage 1 palliation is associated with better clinical outcomes and lower costs for neonates with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Jan;149(1):205-10.e1.

Kalfa D, Krishnamurthy G, Duchon J, Najjar M, Levasseur S, Chai P, Chen J, Quaegebeur J, Bacha E. Outcomes of cardiac surgery in patients weighing