OHSU Names New Pediatric Heart Surgeon

07/27/00    Portland, Ore.

Duke University Chief of Children's Heart Surgery Chooses Portland Position.

The chief of pediatric cardiac surgery at Duke University Medical Center has accepted a similar position at Oregon Health Sciences University. Ross Ungerleider, M.D., will take over the children's heart surgery program at OHSU and Doernbecher Children's Hospital, a position that has been vacant since the departure of Adnan Cobanaglu, M.D., last summer.

"Ross is without a doubt one of the finest pediatric heart surgeons in the country and it is an honor to have him join our program," said Storm Floten, M.D., OHSU chief of cardiothoracic surgery. Since Floten came to OHSU last July, the OHSU program has performed 30 heart transplants and nearly doubled its volume of bypass, valve-repair, aneurysm and other cardiovascular surgeries. "Adding a pediatric component here has been the last piece of the puzzle to completing a comprehensive program," Floten said.

Ungerleider will officially arrive at OHSU in September. He will conduct all heart surgeries involving children and will join the research team at OHSU's Heart Research Center, a 60-scientist center that is dedicated to understanding the role of fetal heart development in congenital heart defects and also how fetal heart development and adult heart disease are linked.

Ungerleider received his medical degree at Rush Medical College in Chicago and completed a fellowship in congenital heart surgery at the University of California at San Francisco. He has been at Duke University since 1977.

Ungerleider was the recipient of the Year 2000 Sir James Carreras Award for Humanitarianism from Variety Children's Lifeline Charities and was the team leader for the Duke Pediatric Cardiovascular Mission to Leon, Nicaragua in 1998 and 1999. He is also chairman of the program committee for the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society.