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Director, Ventricular Assist Device Program

Associate Chief Quality Officer – Outcomes

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

513-803-1428

513-636-3952

Board Certified

My Biography & Research

Biography

My clinical specialty is cardiology, specifically pediatric heart failure. I’m working to improve outcomes for children with congenital heart disease. I was drawn to pediatric heart failure by caring for children with complex disorders and watching them grow and thrive.

My research interests are heart failure and ventricular assist device care. I also research in the areas of quality improvement and clinical effectiveness. My goal is to improve the options we have for caring for children with heart failure.

I am the founder of Advanced Cardiac Therapies Improving Outcomes Network (ACTION), which includes 57 institutions working together to improve the care of patients with heart failure. I received the entrepreneur award at Cincinnati Children’s for my work with patient education using digital platforms. I’m certified by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) in Pediatrics (2001), Pediatric Cardiology (2004) and Pediatric Critical Care (2006).

The clinical work and research I do are inspired and driven by specific patients in my care.

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

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Cardiomyopathy, Heart Failure, Heart, Cardio-Oncology, Fontan Management

Research Divisions

Heart



Blog Posts

Heart Assist Devices Making a Difference

Heart and Lung

Heart Assist Devices Making a Difference

Angela Lorts, MD, MBA, David L. S. Morales, MD ...6/30/2019

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

Selected Publication

Utilization and Outcomes of Children Treated with Direct Thrombin Inhibitors on Paracorporeal Ventricular Assist Device Support. VanderPluym, CJ; Cantor, RS; Machado, D; Boyle, G; May, L; Griffiths, E; Niebler, RA; Lorts, A; Rossano, J; Sutcliffe, DL; et al. ASAIO Journal. 2020.

Utilization and Outcomes of Children Treated with Direct Thrombin Inhibitors on Paracorporeal Ventricular Assist Device Support. VanderPluym, CJ; Cantor, RS; Machado, D; Boyle, G; May, L; Griffiths, E; Niebler, RA; Lorts, A; Rossano, J; Sutcliffe, DL; et al. ASAIO Journal. 2020; 66:939-945.

Early experience with the HeartMate 3 continuous-flow ventricular assist device in pediatric patients and patients with congenital heart disease: A multicenter registry analysis. O'Connor, MJ; Lorts, A; Davies, RR; Fynn-Thompson, F; Joong, A; Maeda, K; Mascio, CE; McConnell, PI; Monge, MC; Nandi, D; et al. Journal of Heart Transplantation. 2020; 39:573-579.

The Creation of a Pediatric Health Care Learning Network: The ACTION Quality Improvement Collaborative. Lorts, A; Smyth, L; Gajarski, RJ; VanderPluym, CJ; Mehegan, M; Villa, CR; Murray, JM; Niebler, RA; Almond, CS; Thrush, P; et al. ASAIO Journal. 2020; 66:441-446.

Cost-utility of continuous-flow ventricular assist devices as bridge to transplant in pediatrics. Evers, PD; Villa, C; Wittekind, SG; Hobing, R; Morales, DL S; Lorts, A. Pediatric Transplantation. 2019; 23.

Collaboration and new data in ACTION: a learning health care system to improve pediatric heart failure and ventricular assist device outcomes. Peng, DM; Rosenthal, DN; Zafar, F; Smyth, L; VanderPluym, CJ; Lorts, A. Translational Pediatrics. 2019; 8:349-355.

Outcomes of children supported with an intracorporeal continuous-flow left ventricular assist system. VanderPluym, CJ; Adachi, I; Niebler, R; Griffiths, E; Fynn-Thompson, F; Chen, S; O'Connor, MJ; Machado, D; Hawkins, B; Bleiweis, MS; et al. Journal of Heart Transplantation. 2019; 38:385-393.

Third Annual Pediatric Interagency Registry for Mechanical Circulatory Support (Pedimacs) Report: Preimplant Characteristics and Outcomes. Morales, DL S; Rossano, JW; VanderPluym, C; Lorts, A; Cantor, R; St Louis, JD; Koeh, D; Sutcliffe, DL; Adachi, I; Kirklin, JK; et al. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2019; 107:993-1004.

First Use of HeartMate 3 in a Failing Fontan Circulation. Lorts, A; Villa, C; Riggs, KW; Broderick, J; Morales, DL S. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2018; 106:e233-e234.

Utilization of VADs in children with restrictive and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: Are we there yet?. Villa, C; Broderick, J; Rizwan, R; Lorts, A. Progress in Pediatric Cardiology. 2018; 49:47-49.