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Pediatric Cardiologist, Heart Failure & Transplantation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Board Certified

About Me

Clinical Interests

Advanced heart failure; heart transplantation; cardiomyopathy; mechanical circulatory support

Research Interests

Ventricular assist device therapy; Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Cardiomyopathy, Rasopathy, Cardio-Oncology, Neuromuscular Cardiology, Neuromuscular Disorders

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Top 5 Things to Know About the Heart in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

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Top 5 Things to Know About the Heart in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

By Chet Villa, MD5/30/2019

My Locations

My Education

MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 2007.

Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 2010; Pediatric Cardiology, 2014.

My Publications

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.

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.

The Right Tool for the Right Job: Bridging a Failing Fontan to Transplant. Riggs, KW; Lorts, A; Villa, CR; Tweddell, J; III, BR; Morales, DL S. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2018; 106:e145-e146.

Transplant Outcomes for Congenital Heart Disease Patients Bridged With a Ventricular Assist Device. III, BR; Rizwan, R; Villa, CR; Zafar, F; Wells, D; Chin, C; Lorts, A; Morales, DL. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2018; 106:588-594.

If I only had a heart: The trials and tribulations of ventricular assist device support when missing a ventricle. Villa, CR; Morales, DL S. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2018; 156:746-747.

Heart failure after the Norwood procedure: An analysis of the Single Ventricle Reconstruction Trial. Mahle, WT; Hu, C; Trachtenberg, F; Menteer, J; Kindel, SJ; Dipchand, AI; Richmond, ME; Daly, KP; Henderson, HT; Lin, KY; et al. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2018; 37:879-885.

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.

Inferior Transplant Outcomes of Adolescents and Young Adults Bridged with a Ventricular Assist Device. Rizwan, R; III, BR; Zafar, F; Villa, CR; Lorts, A; Morales, DL. ASAIO Journal. 2018; 64:295-300.

Is there an optimal organ acceptance rate for pediatric heart transplantation: "A sweet spot "?. Park, CS; Villa, CR; Lorts, A; Chin, C; Tweddell, JS; Zafar, F; Morales, DL S. Pediatric Transplantation. 2018; 22:e13149-e13149.

Obesity class does not further stratify outcome in overweight and obese pediatric patients after heart transplantation. Ryan, TD; Zafar, F; Siegel, RM; Villa, CR; III, BR; Chin, C. Pediatric Transplantation. 2018; 22:e13161-e13161.