Welcome Dr. Aaron Abarbanell!

It is a great pleasure to announce that Dr. Aaron M. Abarbanell, Associate Professor and Division Chief, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in the Pediatric Heart Center, officially started yesterday, December 10, 2020.

Dr. Abarbanell served six years as an active-duty officer in the United States Navy and was appointed to several management and leadership positions, receiving many commendations and awards during his military career. In 2006, he was conferred his Doctor of Medicine from University of Michigan Medical School and graduated AOA.

He completed his General Surgery residency at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, while also completing the Clinical Investigator Training Enhancement Program and earning his Master of Science in Clinical Research.  He completed a thoracic surgery residency in 2016 from Emory University, School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, and in 2017, a congenital cardiac fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. in 2017. He is board certified in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery and Congenital Cardiac Surgery.

We are thrilled to have recruited him from the prestigious congenital heart program at Washington University at St. Louis. While there he was heavily involved with ECMO, VAD implantation in children with congenital heart disease and cardiac transplantation. He also was involved with their lung transplantation program.

Academically, he has published over 40 peer reviewed articles and similar numbers of abstracts.

He has received a number of honors and awards during his career and has participated in a couple of NIH funded research projects.

On a more personal note, he is married to Dr. Ginnie Abarbanell, who is joining our team soon as Chief of the Pediatric Cardiology Division within the Pediatric Heart Center and Department of Pediatrics. They have two wonderful children aged 10 and 14. The family will be in town for the Holidays and Ginnie is to start clinically on February 15th, 2021.

We are excited to have his association and anticipate he will be a great addition in support of the CT Surgery Department and the further development of the UTH/UHS Pediatric Heart Center. We are deeply indebted to UHS and UTH for the continued investment in our programs that allowed for his successful recruitment.

Welcome to the CT Surgery and Pediatric Heart teams Dr. Abarbanell!

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