Peter D. Wearden

Cardiothoracic Surgeon; Director of Pediatric Mechanical Cardiopulmonary Support at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Location:
4401 Penn AvenueOne Children's Hospital Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Company:
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
HQ Phone:
(412) 692-5437
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Last Updated 12/5/2016

General Information

Employment History

Regenerative Medicine Today

Education

Georgetown University

M.D.  - Pharmacology and Toxicology , West Virginia University , School of Medicine

Affiliations

Advisor  - CytoSorbents Corporation

Board of Trustees Member  - CHILDRENS HOSPITAL PITTSBURGH FOUNDATION

Faculty Member  - McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Fellow In Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery  - The Hospital for Sick Children

Fellow In Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery  - SickKids Foundation

Web References  

ADVISORS | Cytosorbents

Dr. Peter Wearden, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Wearden is a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, Surgical Director of Pediatric Heart and Lung Transplantation, Director of Pediatric Mechanical Cardiopulmonary Support program, and Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Dr. Wearden currently is spearheading two National Institutes of Health-funded projects to develop an internal and external ventricular assist device (VAD) for young children to help keep their blood pumping during life support or as a bridge to heart-lung transplant. Dr. Wearden completed medical school and surgical residency, and earned a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from West Virginia University. He completed his cardiothoracic surgery residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and was Chief Clinician Fellow in pediatric cardiac surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. Dr. Wearden was also director of surgery for preclinical testing at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation

Because ECMO is considered to be only a temporary measure, his doctors, led by cardiac surgeon Peter Wearden, MD, Ph.D, requested and received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place Ethan on the Berlin Heart.  
The Berlin Heart is a pediatric heart assist device that has been used with success in Europe but is still considered experimental in the United States. Dr. Wearden and his team at Children's are among a handful of physicians in the country who have undergone special training to implant the device in children as young as Ethan and must get FDA approval for each procedure.  Ethan started showing signs of improvement and Dr. Wearden ordered another cardiac catheterization.

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University of Pittsburgh: PediaFlow

Peter WeardenDr. Wearden is an Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.He graduated from Georgetown University with honors and then received his M.D. from West Virginia University, School of Medicine and then his Ph.D. also from West Virginia University in Pharmacology and Toxicology.In 2003, Dr. Wearden was Director of Surgery for the McGowan Center for Preclinical Testing at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine and then following that position, he was a Clinical Instructor in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.Under his post-graduate studies he held positions which included being a Resident in Cardiothoracic Surgery department at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and held several positions at West Virginia University, School of Medicine which included Chief Resident in Surgery, Senior Surgical Resident, Research Associate, Intern and Junior Surgical Resident and Research Assistant.

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