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David Lehenbauer, MD

  • Attending Physician, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart Institute
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
  • UC Department of Surgery


MD: The University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK, 2009.

General Surgery Residency: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, TX, 2013.

Thoracic Surgery Residency: The Johns Hopkins University Program, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 2016.

Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH, 2018.

Board Certifications: Congenital Cardiac Surgery Subspecialty Certification, American Board of Thoracic Surgery; American Board of Thoracic Surgery.


Pediatric cardiothoracic surgery; congenital heart surgery; pediatric heart and lung transplantation; pediatric cardiology; vascular ring and aortic uncrossing.

Services and Specialties

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Fetal Heart Program

Research Areas

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart

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Center volume effect on acute cellular rejection and outcomes in pediatric lung transplant recipients. Guzman-Gomez, A; Ahmed, HF; Dani, A; Zafar, F; Lehenbauer, DG; Potter, AS; Morales, DL S; Ziady, AG; Hayes, D. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2023; 42:1030-1039.

PEDS7: Balloon Atrial Septostomy versus Left Atrial Cannulation for Left Heart Decompression in Children with Dilated Cardiomyopathy and Myocarditis on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation. Perry, T; Greenberg, J; Cooper, D; Smith, R; Benscoter, A; Koh, W; Ryan, T; Lehenbauer, D; Zafar, F; Thiagarajan, R; et al. ASAIO Journal. 2023; 69:80.

Improvement in Multidisciplinary Provider Rounding (Surgical Rounds) in the Pediatric Cardiac ICU: An Application of Lean Methodology. Brown, TN; Justice, L; Malik, F; Lehenbauer, D; O'Donnell, A; Brown, JM; Powers, T; Neogi, S; Cooper, DS; Mah, KE. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2023; 24:e282-e291.

Transcatheter Melody Valve Placement in a Native Right Atrioventricular Valve in a Pediatric Patient. Herron, C; Lehenbauer, D; Shahanavaz, S. Pediatric Cardiology. 2023; 44:1183-1186.

Not all durations of preheart transplant mechanical ventilation portend inferior post-transplant survival in children. Greenberg, JW; Kulshrestha, K; Dani, A; Winlaw, DS; Lehenbauer, DG; Chin, C; Lorts, A; Gist, KM; Zafar, F; Morales, DL S. Pediatric Transplantation. 2023; 27:e14433.

Innovative Clinical Model in Managing Children with Refractory Lung Failure. Koh, W; Benscoter, A; Chlebowski, M; Cooper, D; Lehenbauer, D; Winlaw, D; Morales, D; Hayes, D. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2023; 42:s297-s298.

Regardless of Donor Cardiac Function, When Other Organs are Not Utilized, Decreased Post-Heart Transplant Survival Can Be Expected. Greenberg, JW; Kulshrestha, K; Kennedy, JT; Desai, MV; Winlaw, DS; Lehenbauer, DG; Ryan, TD; Zafar, F; Morales, DL. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2023; 42:s146.

Outcomes of ECMO as Bridge to Lung Transplant in Children with Pulmonary Hypertension. Guzman-Gomez, AM; Ahmed, HF; Lehenbauer, D; Morales, D; Critser, P; Hirsch, R; Zafar, F; Hayes, D. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2023; 42:s189-s190.

Lung Transplant Outcomes in Young Adults with Pulmonary Hypertension Bridged with ECMO. Guzman-Gomez, AM; Ahmed, HF; Lehenbauer, D; Morales, D; Critser, P; Hirsch, R; Zafar, F; Hayes, D. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2023; 42:s396-s397.

When Can one Expect Normalization of Hemodynamics for Fontan Patients Post-Heart Transplantation?. Hogue, SJ; Guzman-Gomez, A; Kulshrestha, K; Boucek, K; Greenberg, JW; Ahmed, HF; Villa, C; Lubert, AM; Chin, C; Lorts, A; et al. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2023; 42:s154-s155.

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