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Joseph Rossano, MD, MS, FAAP, FAAC

Attending Cardiologist, Cardiac Center and the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU)

Medical Director, Pediatric Heart Transplant and Heart Failure

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Joseph Rossano, MD, works in many roles as a pediatric cardiologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Rossano’s primary position is medical director of the Pediatric Heart Transplant and Heart Failure. He is also an attending physician in the Cardiac Center and the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

A graduate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Dr. Rossano won several awards for academic achievement during medical school. He completed his internship and residency at Seattle Children’s (formerly Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center), followed by three fellowships at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. He was trained in pediatric cardiology, heart transplant, and advanced heart failure and cardiac intensive care.

Dr. Rossano came to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2011 to help manage the Hospital’s busy heart failure, transplant and cardiac mechanical support programs, train residents and fellows, and conduct research on the epidemiology and outcomes of heart disease in children.

Dr. Rossano is principal investigator or co-investigator on several ongoing research studies. This research includes investigating the use of ventricular assist devices and artificial hearts in children, studying the effectiveness of post-transplant treatments for children who have received heart transplants, an observational study of children with heart failure, and building a registry of pediatric heart transplant patients that aims to further the knowledge of pediatric heart disease and transplantation.

Dr. Rossano has made dozens of presentations at meetings around the world and published manuscripts in journals such as The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, the Journal of Cardiac Failure, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Critical Care Medicine.

A frequent guest lecturer, Dr. Rossano has spoken at children’s hospitals and medical schools across the country on topics ranging from advances in cardiopulmonary resuscitation to postoperative care of patients with ventricular assist devices to heart failure in infants.

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