Raffa Giuseppe Maria


RAFFA Giuseppe Maria is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He has been involved in the research: “Relationship between endothelially derived vasoactive agents (endothelin-1 and endothelial nitric oxide) and diseases of the aortic valve and ascending aorta”. The scientific project is in collaboration with Anders Franco-Cereceda, Professor and Academic Head, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Karolinska University Hospital of Stockholm. He also engaged in the “ASAP-project (Advanced Study of Aortic Pathology)” at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Karolinska University Hospital. The ASAP study is the largest worldwide evaluation of patients with bicuspid aortic valve undergoing cardiac surgery recruiting 600 patients over a 6 year period. He was also involved in the OPERA multi-center trial. He hopes to extend his current work by examining the effects of several cardiovascular drugs and surgical technique on LV remodeling and to evaluate it through imaging modalities available (cardiac CT scan and RMI). He is an active member of many international societies such as Member of Società Italiana di Cardiologia (SIC), The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ID: 261160), The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) (#2144223), Italian Society of Cardiac Surgery. He authored many publications. He attended many international conferences and also participated in oral and poster presentations.

Research Interests:

His research interests mainly focus on Cardiothoracic Surgery, Advanced Study of Aortic Pathology, Neurosurgery, Pediatric Surgery, Simplified mini-thoracotomy, Sternotomy, Re-sternotomy, Ministernotomy, Peripheral vessels isolation.

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