Our Cardiothoracic 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 United States. We are tied with one other institution on having the lowest overall four-year surgical mortality rate among all high-volume programs with a rate of 1.5%, according to the latest data compiled by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (2011-2015). Nationally, the average mortality rate for all pediatric cardiovascular programs was 3.4% during the same reporting period.

Victor Morell, MD

Surgeon-in-Chief
Chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Co-Director, Heart Institute, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Co-Director, UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute
Vice Chair and 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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Mario Castro Medina, MD

Assistant Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Jose Da Silva, MD

Surgical Director, Da Silva Center for Ebstein's Anomaly, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Visiting Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Luciana da Fonseca da Silva, MD

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Melita Viegas, MD

Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Physician Assistants

Kristyn Lowery, PA-C

Nurse Practitioners

Lexie Armstrong, CRNP
Erin Colvin, CRNP
Tamara Maihle, CRNP
Katie Nickolich, CRNP
Dana Shiderly, CRNP