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Professor, UC Department of SurgeryProfessor, University of Kentucky Department of Surgery


Board Certified

About Me


Dr. James A. Quintessenza has built a reputation as one of the leading cardiothoracic surgeons in the U.S. He served All Children’s Hospital John Hopkins in St. Petersburg, FL, for 26 years; 19 of those years as medical director and chief of pediatric cardiac surgery.

Dr. Quintessenza's research goal is to provide insight into pulmonary valve replacement.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric cardiothoracic/cardiology

Research Interests

Pulmonary valve replacement; development of a synthetic (PTFE) bicuspid valve for surgical RVOT reconstruction, valve conduit application, and limited access/trans-catheter valve implantation.

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of SurgeryProfessor, University of Kentucky Department of Surgery


Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart

My Locations

My Education

MD: University of Florida, College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL.

Residency: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Certification: American Board of Surgery; American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Congenital Cardiac Surgery; American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery; National Board of Medical Examiners.

My Publications

Venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator implantation in a hemodynamically unstable infant with ventricular tachycardia from multiple cardiac rhabdomyomas. Kieu, V; Czosek, RJ; Knilans, TK; Quintessenza, JA; Bryant, R; Mohan, S. HeartRhythm Case Reports. 2019; 5:196-200.

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Quintessenza, J; DeSena, HC; Justice, L; Jacobs, ML. In: Ungerleider RM; Nelson K; Cooper DS; Meliones J; Jacobs J, Ed. Critical Heart Disease in Infants and Children. Philadelphia: Elsevier; 2018.

Eighteen years of paediatric extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and ventricular assist devices: insight regarding late outcomes. Shah, SM; Kays, DW; Ghazarian, SR; Karl, TR; Alexander, P; Sznycer-Taub, N; Parker, J; Oldeen, M; Almodovar, MC; Stapleton, G; et al. Cardiology in the Young. 2018; 28:1316-1322.

Risk Factors for Survival After Heart Transplantation in Children and Young Adults: A 22-Year Study of 179 Transplants. Shah, S; Asante-Korang, A; Ghazarian, SR; Stapleton, G; Herbert, C; Decker, J; Almodovar, MC; Karl, TR; Do, NL; Quintessenza, JA; et al. World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Hearth Surgery. 2018; 9:557-564.

Shunt Failure—Risk Factors and Outcomes: An Analysis of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database. Do, N; Hill, KD; Wallace, AS; Vricella, L; Cameron, D; Quintessenza, J; Goldenberg, N; Mavroudis, C; Karl, T; Pasquali, SK; et al. (2018) Elsevier BV. 105:857-864.

It's not about "can we'' but "should we''. Quintessenza, JA. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2017; 154:1701-1702.

Mortality Trends in Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery: An Analysis of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database. Jacobs, JP; He, X; Jr, MJ E; III, AE H; Quintessenza, JA; Karl, TR; Vricella, L; Mavroudis, C; O'Brien, SM; Pasquali, SK; et al. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2016; 102:1345-1352.

Polytetrafluoroethylene Bicuspid Pulmonary Valve Replacement: A 5-Year Experience in 119 Patients With Congenital Heart Disease. Lee, C; Lee, C; Kwak, JG; Quintessenza, JA; Lee, ; Ungerleider, RM. (2016) ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC. 102:163-169.

Tetralogy of fallot: Management of the pulmonary valve. Quintessenza, JA. In: Lacour-Gayet F; Bove EL; Hraska V; Morell VO; Spray TL, Ed. Surgery of Conotruncal Anomalies. London: Springer International Publishing; 2016.

Anatomic repair for congenitally corrected transposition: the promise and the reality. Karl, TR; Quintessenza, J; Jacobs, J. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. 2016; 49:528-529.