Ralph J. Damiano, Jr.

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Ralph J. Damiano, Jr., MD, FACC

Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Professor of Surgery and chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Ralph J. Damiano Jr., MD, is the Evarts A. Graham Professor of Surgery and chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and co-chairman of the Heart & Vascular Center. Born in White Plains, N.Y., Damiano graduated from Dartmouth College Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, majoring in biology. He received his medical degree from Duke University, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. He went on to complete both his general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery training at Duke University. During this time, Damiano received a National Research Service Award from the NIH for his work on the surgical treatment of arrhythmias. In 1996, Damiano was appointed professor and chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center at Penn State University. In 2000, Damiano was appointed chief of the Section of Cardiac Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. He was named Co-Chair of the Heart & Vascular Center at its inception in November, 2009. In May 2014, Damiano was appointed Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and assumed the Evarts A. Graham Professorship. Damiano has authored more than 400 scientific publications and given more than 600 lectures and presentations around the world. His major contributions have been in the area of myocardial preservation, surgical electrophysiology, and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. He has been associate editor of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. He is on eight other editorial boards. He has been editor-in-chief of the journal Innovations since 2008. Damiano is past president of the Society of Clinical Surgery, Cardiac Surgical Biology Club, and the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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