Dr. Robert L. Kormos is currently a professor with tenure specializing in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and is the director of UPMC's Artificial Heart and Program and co-director of the Heart Transplant Program. Dr. Kormos has been on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh since 1987 after completion of fellowships in research and transplant surgery. While at the University of Pittsburgh, his research and clinical interests have been focused on mechanical circulatory support, resulting in his authorship of over 250 published articles, 40 book chapters and a textbook on the subject. He is an associate editor for The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, a member of more than 17 professional societies and is internationally regarded for his clinical and research work in organ transplantation and in the use of cardiac assist devices as temporary or permanent support for patients with end-stage heart disease.
He has been an invited lecturer to more than 200 national and international meetings. He is a member of the STS/AATS Workforce on New Technology, the STS Workforces on Clinical Education, and Adult Cardiac and Vascular Surgery and a member of the joint STS-FDA pilot Network of Experts. He is the Co-Principal Investigator for the The Randomized Evaluation of VAD InterVEntion Before Inotropic Therapy (REVIVE-IT) trial. He was interim medical director of the mechanical circulatory support registry of the United Network of Organ Sharing and International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. He is the past Chair of the Society for Thoracic Surgeons Workforce on End-Stage Cardiopulmonary Disease.
Dr. Kormos is the recipient of multiple awards including the President's Award at the 7th Annual Scientific Session of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation in 1987. He was also elected to serve as president of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation from 1999-2000. As a further honor, Dr. Kormos has been listed for the past 10 years in the America's Top Doctors published by Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.
Robert L. Kormos, M.D.
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