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


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

In Vivo Remodeling of an Extracellular Matrix Cardiac Patch in an Ovine Model. Baker, RS; Zafar, F; Kimura, N; Knilans, T; Osinska, H; Robbins, J; Taylor, M; Morales, DL S. ASAIO Journal. 2019; 65:744-752.

First report of successfully palliating a hypoplastic left heart syndrome patient with anomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery beyond fontan. Riggs, K; Price, N; Szugye, N; Goldstein, B; S Morales, D. Annals of Pediatric Cardiology. 2019; 12:318-320.

Norwood Procedure With Left Ventricle Exclusion in Complex Single Ventricle Patients: A Novel Technique. Riggs, KW; Kavoosi, TA; Kroslowitz, B; Zafar, F; Heydarian, HC; Morales, DL S. World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Hearth Surgery. 2019; 10:552-557.

Using hepatitis C and B virus-infected donor organs for pediatric heart transplantation. Radzi, Y; Shezad, MF; Danziger-Isakov, L; Morales, DL S; Zafar, F. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2019; 158:548-553.

How small can you go? A 2.5-kg infant with pulmonary atresia and coronary atresia bridged to cardiac transplantation with a paracorporeal-continuous flow ventricular assist device. Villa, CR; Lorts, A; Riggs, KW; Alten, J; Morales, DL. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2019; 158:e67-e69.

Virtual dissection and endocast three-dimensional reconstructions: Maximizing computed tomographic data for procedural planning of an obstructed pulmonary venous baffle. Schneider, K; Ghaleb, S; Morales, DL S; Tretter, JT. Cardiology in the Young. 2019; 29:1104-1106.

Time to stop spinning our individual wheels and start moving forward together. Zafar, F; Morales, DL S. Pediatric Transplantation. 2019; 23.

Cardiac Surgery in Patients With Trisomy 13 and 18: An Analysis of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database. Cooper, DS; Riggs, KW; Zafar, F; Jacobs, JP; Hill, KD; Pasquali, SK; Swanson, SK; Gelehrter, SK; Wallace, A; Jacobs, ML; et al. Journal of the American Heart Association : Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease. 2019; 8.

Neonatal myocardial infarction in Williams–Beuren syndrome. Lesmana, H; Dyer, L; Morales, DL S; Ryan, TD; Hopkin, RJ. Progress in Pediatric Cardiology. 2019; 53:59-64.

Improvement of survival in low-weight children on the Berlin Heart EXCOR ventricular assist device support. Miera, O; Morales, DL S; Thul, J; Amodeo, A; Menon, AK; Hump, T. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. 2019; 55:913-919.