Stephanie Fuller, MD, is an attending surgeon in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She is board certified in general surgery, thoracic surgery and congenital cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Fuller performs the full range of reconstructive congenital operations, as well as cardiothoracic transplantation. She is the holder of the Thomas L. Spray, MD Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at CHOP.
In addition to her pediatric patients, Dr. Fuller also operates on adult patients at Penn Medicine’s Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Hospital (both in Philadelphia). She is on the staff of the Philadelphia Adult Congenital Heart Center, a joint program of CHOP and Penn Medicine for adult survivors. “Survivors of congenital heart defects need follow-up care for the rest of their lives, and unfortunately, occasionally they need heart surgery,” she says. “It should be performed by someone who is expertly trained in congenital heart surgery and who knows the unique physiology of these patients.”
Like the entire Cardiac Center staff, Dr. Fuller is committed to lifelong care for survivors. “It’s a privilege to follow our patients through childhood and adolescence and into adulthood,” she says. “We’re here for the long haul for any of their needs. It’s very rewarding to see them thriving, having their own families and fulfilling dreams they never thought would be possible.”
Dr. Fuller lectures around the world and has published numerous articles in such journals as The Annals of Thoracic Surgery and The Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery. She has authored and co-authored chapters for textbooks for medical students and doctors.
Dr. Fuller earned her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, and then underwent nine years of training before she was appointed a surgeon at CHOP, including a residency in general surgery at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, and residencies in cardiothoracic surgery at George Washington University, Washington, DC, and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia. She completed her training with a fellowship in congenital cardiothoracic surgery at CHOP.
Her research interests include neurodevelopmental outcomes and other quality of life outcomes after heart surgery; genetic factors in heart defects; and quality of life into adolescence and young adulthood in patients with pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum.
Dr. Fuller earned a bachelor of arts in chemistry and French literature from Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Md., and a master of science in chemistry from George Mason University, Fairfax, Va.
Education and Training
MD - Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
General Surgery - Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
Cardiothoracic Surgery - Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Titles and Academic Titles
Thomas L. Spray, MD Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Associate Professor, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Departments and Services
Outcomes for the Superior Cavopulmonary Connection in Children With Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome: A 30-year Experience. Hunt ML, Ittenbach RF, Kaplinski K, Ravishankar C, Rychik J, Steven JM, Fuller SM, Nicolson SC, Spray TL, Gaynor JW, Mascio CE. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2020 Jun 23;ezaa117. doi: 10.1093/ejcts/ezaa117. Online ahead of print. Read more here.
Zielonka B, Snarr BS, Liu MY, Zhang X, Mascio CE, Fuller S, Gaynor JW, Spray TL, Rychik J. Resource utilization for prenatally diagnosed single-ventricle cardiac defects: A Philadelphia fetus-to-Fontan cohort study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2019;8(11):e011284.
Fuller S, Rajagopalan R, Jarvik GP, Gerdes M, Bernbaum J, Wernovsky G, et al. J. Maxwell Chamberlain Memorial Paper for congenital heart surgery. Deep hypothermic circulatory arrest does not impair neurodevelopmental outcome in school-age children after infant cardiac surgery. Ann Thorac Surg. 2010 Dec;90(6):1985-94. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21095350.
Goldfarb SB, Gaynor JW, Fuller S, Kreindler J, Montenegro LM, Fynn-Thompson F, et al. Induction therapy with antithymocyte globulin before reperfusion. Ann Thorac Surg. 2010 Oct;90(4):1110-4; discussion 1114-5. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20868797.
Fuller S, Spray TL. How I manage mitral stenosis in the neonate and infant. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Pediatr Card Surg Annu. 2009:87-93. Cited in Pub Med; PMID 19349020.
Fuller S, Nord AS, Gerdes M, Wernovsky G, Jarvik GP, Bernbaum J, et al. Predictors of impaired neurodevelopmental outcomes at one year of age after infant cardiac surgery. Ann Thorac Surg. 2009 Jul;36(1)40-7. Epub 2009 Apr 25. Cited in PubMed; PMID 19394849.
Srivastava A, Harrison M, Fuller S. Vascular Rings and Pulmonary Artery Slings. In: Sobol S, Lioy J, ed. Disorders of the Neonatal Airway. New York: Springer; 2015. p. 113-119.
Bogar LJ, Fuller S, Diehl JT. Bypass grafts. In: Halpern EJ, editor. Clinical cardiac CT: anatomy and function. 2nd ed. New York: Thieme Medical Publishers; 2008. p. 155-172.
Fuller SM, Spray TL. Cardiac transplantation. In: Grosfield JL, O'Neill JA, Fonkalsrud EW, Coran AG, editors. Pediatric Surgery. 6th ed. St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier; 2006. p. 754-764.
Spray TL Fuller SM. Heart and lung transplantation. In: Stringer MD, Oldham KT, Mouriquand PDE, editors. Pediatric Surgery and urology -- Long Term Outcomes. 2nd ed. Cambridge (UK): Cambridge University Press; 2006. p. 897-914.
Posters and Presentations
Naim MY, Gaynor JW, Chen J, Nicolson SC, Fuller S, Spray TL, Dlugos DJ, Clancy RR, Costa LV, Licht DJ, Xiao R, Meldrum H, Abend NS. Subclinical seizures identified by postoperative electroencephalographic monitoring are common after neonatal cardiac surgery. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015;150(1):169-178.
Fuller S. Your present and future patient [presentation]. American Society of Extracorporeal Technology Pediatric Perfusion Conference; 2011 Nov; Philadelphia, PA.
Fuller S Wernovsky G. A paradigm shift in the care of the neonate with complex congenital heart disease: interdisciplinary strategic partnerships [presentation]. Grand Rounds, St. Peter's Hospital for Children, New Brunswick, NJ.
Fuller S. The surgeon as a lifelong partner [presentation]. Heart and Mind Education Day, Cardiac Center, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2011 Jul; Philadelphia, PA.
Fuller S. Transitional care: adolescents and young adults [presentation]. Heart and Mind Education Day, Cardiac Center, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2011 Jul; Philadelphia, PA.
Fuller S. Transitional care: parents [presentation]. Heart and Mind Education Day, Cardiac Center, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2011 Jul; Philadelphia, PA.
Fuller S. VAD implantation in infants and children: surgical challenges [presentation]. VAD implantation in infants and children: surgical challenges. 7th International Conference on Pediatric Mechanical Circulatory Support Systems & Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Perfusion; 2011 May 5-7; Philadelphia, PA.
Eckhauser AE, O'Conner MJ, Ravishankar C Montenegro LM Nicolson SC Gruber PJ, et al. Ventricular assist device use: a single pediatric center experience [oral presentation]. 7th International Conference on Pediatric Mechanical Circulatory Support Systems & Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Perfusion; 2011 May 5-7; Philadelphia, PA.
Fuller S. GUCH -- present and future: surgical overview [presentation]. 38th Congress of the Brazilian Society of Cardiovascular Surgery; 2011 Mar; Porto Allegre, Brazil.
Shinkawa T Ravishankar C, Nance ML, Montenegro LM, Nicolson SC Spray TL, et al. Surgical outcomes of combined congenital heart disease and intestinal atresia in neonates [poster presentation and abstract]. Cardiology 2011, 15th Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease: Bringing Interdisciplinary Evidence-Based Practice to the Patient; 2011 Feb 2-6; Scottsdale, AZ.
Bates K, Fuller S, Bird G, Apkon M. Process between front line clinicians in a mixed-provider pediatric cardiac intensive care unit [poster presentation and abstract]. Cardiology 2011, 15th Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease: Bringing Interdisciplinary Evidence-Based Practice to the Patient; 2011 Feb 2-6; Scottsdale, AZ.
Eckhauser AE, O'Connor MJ, Ravishankar C, Montenegro LM, Nicolson SC, Gruber PJ, et al. Ventricular assist device: a single pediatric center experience [poster presentation]. Society of Thoracic Surgeons 47th Annual Meeting Poster Presentation; 2011 Jan 31-Feb 2; San Diego, CA.
Editorial and Academic Positions
2011-present European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
2010-present World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
2009-present, Congenital Heart Disease
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