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Sunjay  Kaushal

Sunjay Kaushal Ph.D., M.D.

Academic Title: Associate Professor
Primary Appointment: Surgery
Location: UMMC N4E40

Personal History:

Dr. Kaushal received his Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry at the University of  Rochester in 1989. In 1997, he received his medical degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he later completed residencies in General Surgery in 2004 and Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2006.

Dr. Kaushal also received a Ph.D. from Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1995. He completed two fellowships – the first in 2005 in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, England and in Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery, in 2007, at the University of Michigan-Mott Children’s Hospital. Dr. Kaushal received the following certifications: American Board of Surgery in 2004, American Board of Thoracic Surgery in 2007, and American Board of Congenital Cardiac Surgery in 2010.

Dr. Kaushal is a practicing pediatric cardiac surgeon who operates on the most complex congenital heart conditions, including Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and pediatric heart transplants. He has a particular focus on heart failure patients and an interest in developing new therapeutic options, in particular cardiac stem cell-based therapies, within his research laboratory. The FDA has approved Dr. Kaushal and team to host a groundbreaking clinical trial for the use of cardiac stem cells in infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

Dr. Kaushal is the recipient of numerous grants, including the following: NIH K08 award (2009-2014), Howard Hughes Early Career Investigator (2009-2014), Maryland Stem Cell Grant (2013-2017), and Children’s Heart Foundation (2012-2014). He also has published in CirculationNature MedicineJournal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Annals of Thoracic Surgery.