Dr. Bartley Griffith is the Thomas & Alice-Marie Hales Distinguished Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine. He is an internationally known heart surgeon who has pioneered lung and heart transplantation. Dr. Griffith received his Medical Degree from Jefferson Medical College and completed his training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Health Center Hospitals. Dr. Griffith came to Baltimore from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and medical director of the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine and professor of surgery. Dr. Griffith has received numerous honors and awards, including induction into the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, Scotland.
In the early 1980's, Dr. Griffith was on the surgical team which completed the world's second successful heart-lung transplant. In 1985, Dr. Griffith pioneered the use of the Jarvik 7 total artificial heart for use in patients awaiting transplant. In 1989, he led a team that performed the nation's first pediatric double-lung transplant. Dr. Griffith has performed three "piggyback" heart transplants, in which a donor heart is implanted next to the patient's own diseased heart. Only about 20 such operations have been performed in the world. He also helped create the standard bypass device that has vastly improved the success of liver transplantation.
Dr. Griffith’s has an active research program and continues to develop devices to assist the failing heart and lung. He is the principal investigator on studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. His current federally-sponsored projects include the first in-human use of an artificial lung for ambulatory respiratory device, as well as several studies to develop the use of novel methods for improving outcomes for patients on ventricular assist devices. Dr. Griffith is also the lead investigator for industry-sponsored clinical trials to test aortic heart valves in high-risk patients.
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