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Medical Director, Ventricular Assist Device Program

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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My Biography & Research

Clinical Interests

Advanced heart failure; cardiopulmonary bypass mediated myocardial dysfunction; novel uses of pediatric VADs; cardiomyopathy; mechanical circulatory support and transplant

Research Interests

Myocardial remodeling

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Heart Institute, Cardiomyopathy, Heart Failure and Transplant Program, Heart Institute, Vascular Access Team, Best Doctors 2017-18, Cardio Oncology Program, Interventional Radiology, Fontan Management Clinic

My Locations

My Education

MD: Creighton University Medical School, Omaha, NE, 1998.

Residency: The Children’s Hospital, Denver, CO, 2001.

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2004; University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI, 2006.

Certifications: American Board of Pediatrics, 2001; American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-Board of Pediatric Cardiology, 2004; American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-Board of Pediatric Critical Care, 2006.

My Publications

Towbin JA, Lorts A, Jefferies JL. Left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy. Lancet. 2015 Apr 9.

Benoit S, Antommaria AH, Weidner N, Lorts A. Difficult decision: what should we do when a VAD-supported child experiences a severe stroke? Pediatr Transplant. 2015 Mar;19(2):139-43.

Zafar F, Castleberry C, Khan MS, Mehta V, Bryant R 3rd, Lorts A, Wilmot I, Jefferies JL, Chin C, Morales DL. Pediatric heart transplant waiting list mortality in the era of ventricular assist devices. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2015 Jan;34(1):82-8.

Thomas TO, Chandrakasan S, O'Brien M, Jefferies JL, Ryan TD, Wilmot I, Baker ML, Madueme PC, Morales D, Lorts A. The use of a Berlin Heart EXCOR LVAD in a child receiving chemotherapy for Castleman's disease. Pediatr Transplant. 2015 Feb;19(1):E15-8.

Thomas TO, Jefferies JL, Lorts A, Anderson JB, Gao Z, Benson DW, Hor KN, Cripe LH, Urbina EM. Autonomic dysfunction: a driving force for myocardial fibrosis in young Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients? Pediatr Cardiol. 2015 Mar;36(3):561-8.

Friess MR, Marino BS, Cassedy A, Wilmot I, Jefferies JL, Lorts A. Health-related quality of life assessment in children followed in a cardiomyopathy clinic. Pediatr Cardiol. 2015 Mar;36(3):516-23.

Ryan TD, Jefferies JL, Zafar F, Lorts A, Morales DL. The evolving role of the total artificial heart in the management of end-stage congenital heart disease and adolescents. ASAIO J. 2015 Jan-Feb;61(1):8-14.

Moore RA, Madueme PC, Lorts A, Morales DL, Taylor MD. Virtual implantation evaluation of the total artificial heart and compatibility: Beyond standard fit criteria. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2014 Nov;33(11):1180-3.

Lorts A, Zafar F, Adachi I, Morales DL. Mechanical assist devices in neonates and infants. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Pediatr Card Surg Annu. 2014;17(1):91-5.

Ryan TD, Jefferies JL, Sawnani H, Wong BL, Gardner A, Del Corral M, Lorts A, Morales DL. Implantation of the HeartMate II and HeartWare left ventricular assist devices in patients with duchenne muscular dystrophy: lessons learned from the first applications. ASAIO J. 2014 Mar-Apr;60(2):246-8.