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Professor, UC Department of PediatricsUC Department of Surgery


Board Certified

About Me

Clinical Interests

Pediatric cardiology; cardiothoracic surgery; heart transplant; heart-lung transplant

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of PediatricsUC Department of Surgery

Clinical Divisions

Heart Institute, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart Failure and Transplant Program, Fetal Heart Program

My Locations

My Education

MD: Mayo Medical School, Rochester, MN, 1980.

Residency: General Surgery, Northwestern University- McGraw Medical Center, Chicago, IL, 1985.

Residency: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Northwestern University- McGraw Medical Center, Chicago, IL, 1987.

Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgery, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, 1988.

My Publications

Selected Publication

Long-Term Outcomes of Coarctation Repair Through Left Thoracotomy. Gropler, MR F; Marino, BS; Carr, MR; Russell, WW; Gu, H; Eltayeb, OM; Monge, MC; Backer, CL. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2019; 107:157-164.

Experience with an Acuity Adaptable Care Model for Pediatric Cardiac Surgery. Costello, JM; Preze, E; Nguyen, N; McBride, ME; Collins, JW; Eltayeb, OM; Monge, MC; Deal, BJ; Stephenson, MM; Backer, CL. World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Hearth Surgery. 2017; 8:665-671.

Successful Bridge-to-Transplant of Functionally Univentricular Patients With a Modified Continuous-Flow Ventricular Assist Device. Monge, MC; Kulat, BT; Eltayeb, O; Zingle, NR; Moss, ST; Gossett, JG; Pahl, E; Costello, JM; Backer, CL. Artificial Organs: replacement, recovery, and regeneration. 2017; 41:25-31.

Repair of Partial Atrioventricular Septal Defect: Age and Outcomes. Devlin, PJ; Backer, CL; Eltayeb, O; Monge, MC; Hauck, AL; Costello, JM. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2016; 102:170-177.

Congenital cardiac surgery fellowship training: A status update. Kogon, B; Karamlou, T; Baumgartner, W; Merrill, W; Backer, C. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2016; 151:1488-1495.

Vascular rings. Backer, CL; Monge, MC; Popescu, AR; Eltayeb, OM; Rastatter, JC; Rigsby, CK. Seminars in Pediatric Surgery. 2016; 25:165-175.

Aortic Implantation of Anomalous Origin of the Left Coronary Artery From the Pulmonary Artery: Long-Term Outcomes. Monge, MC; Eltayeb, O; Costello, JM; Sarwark, AE; Carr, MR; Backer, CL. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2015; 100:154-161.

Doubly committed and juxtaarterial ventricular septal defect: Outcomes of the aortic and pulmonary valves. Devlin, PJ; Russell, HM; Monge, MC; Patel, A; Costello, JM; Spicer, DE; Anderson, RH; Backer, CL. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2014; 97:2134-2141.

Heart transplantation for the failing Fontan. Backer, CL; Russell, HM; Pahl, E; Monge, MC; Gambetta, K; Kindel, SJ; Gossett, JG; Hardy, C; Costello, JM; Deal, BJ. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2013; 96:1413-1419.

The aortic uncrossing procedure for circumflex aorta. Russell, HM; Rastatter, JC; Backer, CL. Operative Techniques in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2013; 18:15-31.