Dr. Si M. Pham is currently a Professor of Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Director of Heart and Lung Transplantation, Circulatory Assist Device and ECMO Programs at University of Maryland Medical Center; Surgical Director of Lung Rescue Unit of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
Dr. Pham is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, the American Board of Surgery, and holds a subspecialty certification in Surgical Critical Care from the American Board of Surgery.
A native of Vietnam, Dr. Pham migrated to the U.S. in April 30, 1975. He received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and completed residency in general and cardiac surgery and surgical research at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Before joining the University of Miami in 1998, Dr. Pham was the director of the Adult Heart Transplant and ECMO Programs at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for 6 years, and director of thoracic transplant research laboratory at the same institution. Dr. Pham was on the team that performed the successful combined heart/liver transplant operation on Robert Casey, Sr., the late Governor of Pennsylvania in 1993. After the transplant the patient returned to finish his remaining 2 years as the governor.
In 1998, Dr. Pham was recruited to Miami to be the Director of Heart/Lung Transplant and Artificial Heart Programs at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital to expand and rebuild the Heart/Lung Transplant Programs. During his tenure at the University of Miami, Dr. Pham had not only increased the volume but also improved the patient survival and has made cutting-edge medical services available to South Floridians. In 2000, Dr. Pham performed the first heart-lung transplant in South Florida. His team's first heterotopic heart transplant in Florida was done two years later (in 2002). In 2006, Dr. Pham performed a rare operation in which a failed transplanted heart (after 12 years) was removed and the patient was supported with two heart assist machines for 48 days until he received a successful combined heart and kidney transplants. Recently his team also supported a 15 year-old girl in a similar fashion for 118 days until she underwent a successful combined heart/kidney transplant operation.
Under the leadership of Dr. Pham the heart transplant program at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital was recognized by HealthGrades, a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, with the Heart Transplant Excellence Award in 2011 for having the best patient survival.(http://med.miami.edu/news/um-jackson-heart-transplant-program-recognized-as-top-transplant-center/) HealthGrades evaluated 116 adult acute care hospitals nationally, and selected the UM/Jackson Heart Transplant Program along with two others for the award.
In 2013, Dr. Pham was recruited to the University of Maryland School of Medicine to be the Director of Heart and Lung Transplantation, Circulatory Assist Device and ECMO Programs at University of Maryland Medical Center. Under his leadership the Adult ECMO program has grown from 50 a year to 106 in 2014. He performed the first minimally invasive implantation of a left ventricular assist device in the state of Maryland in December 2014. (http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/maryland-health/bs-hs-minimally-invasive-heart-surgery-20140221-story.html)
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