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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
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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 Wearden, MD, PhD, is a congenital cardiothoracic surgeon at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Dr. Wearden currently is spearheading two National Institutes of Health-funded projects to develop an internal and external ventricular assist device (VAD) for young children. VADs are mechanical devices that take over the pumping action of the heart and offer lifesaving support, most often acting as a bridge to keep patients alive until a donor heart becomes available for transplantation.It is estimated that as many as 1,000 children annually may benefit from these technologies.

Previously, Dr. Wearden served as chief clinician fellow in pediatric cardiac surgery at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Wearden has a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from West Virginia University. Recently, Dr. Wearden was director of surgery for preclinical testing at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

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April 1, 2014
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Last Update
April 1, 2014