A photo of David Morales.

Director, Congenital Heart Surgery, Heart Institute

Clark-Helmsworth Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery

Professor, UC Department of PediatricsUC Division of Surgery


Board Certified

My Biography & Research

Clinical Interests

Congenital heart surgery; heterotaxy syndrome; pediatric heart and lung transplantation; mechanical circulatory support

Research Interests

Clinical and translational research related to mechanical circulatory support and tissue engineering

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of PediatricsUC Division of Surgery

Clinical Divisions

Heart, Heart Failure, Lung Transplant, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiomyopathy, Fetal Heart Program

Research Divisions

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart

My Locations

My Education

MD: Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

Residency: General and cardiothoracic surgery, New York-Presbyterian Medical Center, Columbia University, New York, NY.

Fellowships: Congenital heart surgery, Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor University, Waco, TX.

Board certifications: Surgery, thoracic surgery, congenital heart surgery.

My Publications

Bridging the Gap and Moving the Needle. Wells, DA; Morales, DL S. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2021.

Commentary: Cost of Doing Business. Ashfaq, A; Morales, DL S. Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2021; 33.

Resource utilization in children with paracorporeal continuous-flow ventricular assist devices. Burstein, DS; Griffis, H; Zhang, X; Cantor, RS; Dai, D; Shamszad, P; Huang, YS; Morales, DL S; Hall, M; Lin, KY; et al. Journal of Heart Transplantation. 2021; 40:478-487.

Reducing the wait: TCV can expand the donor pool for heart transplant candidates. Szugye, NA; Moore, RA; Dani, A; Lorts, A; Zafar, F; Morales, DL S. Pediatric Transplantation. 2021; 25.

Developing an adolescent and adult Fontan Management Programme. Lubert, AM; Alsaied, T; Trout, AT; Dillman, JR; Palermo, JJ; Eichelbrenner, F; Kleier, K; Lorts, A; Anwar, N; Schecter, MG; et al. Cardiology in the Young. 2021; 1-6.

Transplantation for Congenital Heart Disease: Focus on the Impact of Functionally Univentricular Versus Biventricular Circulation. Riggs, KW; Broderick, JT; Price, N; Chin, C; Zafar, F; Morales, DL S. World journal for pediatric & congenital heart surgery. 2021; 12:352-359.

Systemic ventricular assist device support in Fontan patients: A report by ACTION. Cedars, A; Kutty, S; Danford, D; Schumacher, K; Auerbach, SR; Bearl, D; Chen, S; Conway, J; Dykes, JC; Jaworski, N; et al. Journal of Heart Transplantation. 2021; 40:368-376.

Right heart failure considerations in pediatric ventricular assist devices. Law, SP; Morales, DL S; Si, MS; Friedland-Little, JM; Joong, A; Bearl, DW; Bansal, N; Sutcliffe, DL; Philip, J; Mehegan, M; et al. Pediatric Transplantation. 2021; 25.

Commentary: Is there life after cardiac death? Considering the challenges of heart donation after circulatory death. Raskin, A; Zafar, F; Morales, DL S. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2021; 161:1344-1345.

Commentary: Rejuvenation of a trusted tool. Villa, CR; Morales, DL S. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2021; 161:1466-1467.