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Peter Wearden, MD, PhD

Peter Wearden, MD
Job Title Surgical Director, Pediatric Heart and Lung Transplantation
Job Title Director, Pediatric Mechanical Cardiopulmonary Support Program
Job Title Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
4401 Penn Avenue, Suite Floor 3
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412-692-5218 Phone
412-692-5817 Fax

Education and Training

Medical School:

1993 West Virginia University School of Medicine


2001 West Virginia University School of Medicine, senior surgical resident and chief resident in surgery
2003 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, cardiothoracic surgery resident


2005 The Hospital for Sick Children, clinical fellow, pediatric cardiac surgery

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery


  • 2001 Watne, Warden, Moran Resident Research Award, Department of Surgery, West Virginia University
  • 2001 First Place, 13th Annual Bernard Zimmerman Resident Research Competition, Department of Surgery, West Virginia University

Biography Summary

Peter D. Wearden, MD, PhD, is a congenital heart surgeon at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and Assistant Professor of Surgery and Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.  In addition to practicing the full complement of congenital and pediatric heart surgery, Dr. Wearden is Director of Mechanical Cardiopulmonary Support and Surgical Director of Heart and Lung Transplantation at Children’s Hospital. Dr. Wearden is also a core faculty member of the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine where he oversees a large National Institutes of Health funded research enterprise with research efforts geared towards the treatment of heart failure in children, including the development of artificial hearts and mechanical blood pumps capable of supporting infants and children, the development of pediatric lung assist devices, and the application of tissue engineering to pediatric heart disease.

Dr. Wearden is a graduate of Georgetown University and the West Virginia University School of Medicine where he received his Doctorate of Medicine and a PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology. He completed general surgical training at West Virginia University Hospitals. His cardiac surgery training was conducted at the University of Pittsburgh and the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.

He is a diplomat of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery with additional qualification in Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Surgery. Dr. Wearden is the President-elect of the American Society of Artificial Internal Organs and is a Consultant to industry for the development of heart and lung devices for children. Dr. Wearden has published numerous peer reviewed manuscripts in scientific journals and is a requested speaker at many national academic and clinical conferences. He is annually recognized as a top doctor by Pittsburgh Magazine and by Castle and Connolly/US News and World Report.

Last Update
September 8, 2014
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Last Update
September 8, 2014