• Press Release

Peter Pastuszko, MD, Appointed Chief of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery and Director of Pediatric Cardiovascular Services at Mount Sinai Health System

  • New York, NY
  • (July 27, 2017)

Peter Pastuszko, MD, a renowned pediatric cardiovascular surgeon, has been named Chief of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery and Director of Pediatric Cardiovascular Services at Mount Sinai Health System.  He will co-lead the Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery with Khanh Nguyen, MD, Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery. Dr. Pastuszko will perform surgeries on newborns and infants in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Dr. Pastuszko will play an integral role in the pediatric alliance formed by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS), which is designed to give children in the New York metropolitan area access to an unprecedented scope of pediatric services.   The initial phase of this collaboration began last fall with the development of a collaborative pediatric oncology program that provides access to the newest treatments and expertise from MSHS and CHOP experts in pediatric cancer. Development of programs in cardiac care and fetal medicine launched this spring. Services will be available at select Mount Sinai locations.

Dr. Pastuszko has extensive expertise in thoracic and vascular surgery, fetal medicine, aneurysm, cardiopulmonary bypass, and deep vein thrombosis. He is board certified in congenital cardiac surgery and thoracic and cardiac surgery. In addition to his clinical efforts, Dr. Pastuszko conducts research on surgical methodologies. 

“Mount Sinai is delighted to have a physician with the expertise of Dr. Pastuszko to co-lead Mount Sinai’s division of pediatric cardiac surgery, and expand our clinical services, research, and education,”  said Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System. “The recruitment of Dr. Pastuszko demonstrates that Mount Sinai will continue to play a dominant role in pediatric cardiovascular surgery.”

Dr. Pastuszko said: “I am excited to have this opportunity to be part of the Mount Sinai Health System, working alongside the talented faculty and collaborating closely with Mount Sinai Heart, where I will bring my expertise in pediatric cardiovascular surgery and fetal medicine to its already existing comprehensive care.”

Dr. Pastuszko joins Mount Sinai from Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, where he was the Surgical Director of Cardiac Critical Care at the Ward Family Heart Center, Site Director of the University of Kansas Cardiothoracic Residency Program, and Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Prior to that, he was Director of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Critical Care and Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of California-San Diego. Earlier, he served as Assistant Professor within the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City.

Dr. Pastuszko received his medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and completed his residency at Thomas Jefferson University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In addition, he belongs to the American Medical Association, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, the Western Thoracic Surgical Association, and the Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society. He has produced more than two dozen research publications as well as abstracts, presentations, and book chapters.

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 7,100 primary and specialty care physicians; 12 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator. The Mount Sinai Hospital is in the "Honor Roll" of best hospitals in America, ranked No. 15 nationally in the 2016-2017 "Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report. The Mount Sinai Hospital is also ranked as one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Geriatrics, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Ear, Nose & Throat, and is in the top 50 in four other specialties. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 10 nationally for Ophthalmology, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, and Mount Sinai West are ranked regionally. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital is ranked in seven out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report in "Best Children's Hospitals."

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