Our Doctors and Staff

Meet Our Cardiothoracic Surgery Team

We are at the top in Heart Surgery!

Our Heart Institute ranks as the top pediatric cardiovascular surgery program in the U.S. with the lowest overall four-year surgical mortality rate among all medium- and high-volume programs with a rate of 1.1%, according to the latest data compiled by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (2008-2012). Nationally, the average mortality rate for all pediatric cardiovascular programs was 3.5% during the same reporting period.

Victor Morell, MD

Chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Co-Director, Heart Center, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Co-Director, UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute
Vice Chair & Director of Cardiovascular Services, UPMC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Associate Program Director, Thoracic Surgery Residency, University of Pittsburgh

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Mahesh Sharma, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School

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Melita Viegas, MD

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Physician Extenders

Lexie Armstrong, CRNP
Erin Colvin, CRNP
Kristyn Lowery, PA-C
Tamara Maihle, CRNP
Katie Nickolich, CRNP
Dana Shiderly, CRNP