At the Heart of the Matter

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Miller Children`s & Women`s Hospital Long Beach
Featured speaker:

Shaun P. Setty, MD

Helen E. Hoag Endowed Chair in Pediatric CardioVascular Surgery; Medical Director, Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery at both Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach
  • Cardiothoracic / Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Setty is triple-board-certified in surgery, thoracic surgery, & congenital heart surgery. He began his medical education at Medical College of Ohio where he graduated with honors (AOA), and then did his general surgery residency at the renowned Oregon Health Sciences University, one of the largest general surgery training programs in the country. He then completed his cardiothoracic surgery training at the University of Minnesota, the birthplace of modern cardiac surgery. Dr. Setty went on to do additional congenital cardiac surgery training at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia and spent a year at Green Lane Hospital in New Zealand as a pediatric and adult cardiac surgery fellow.

He has experience in all aspects of pediatric and adult congenital cardiac surgery including neonatal and transplant surgery. He is currently involved in basic and clinical cardiac research projects.

Dr. Setty is a member of the medical school honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Setty has numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters to his credit, including a recently published article in collaboration with UCLA on Circulatory Support Devices in Advances in Heart Failure.  He is on the advisory board of a congenital heart journal and has been invited to review manuscripts for many other journals. In addition, he has made over forty research presentations or lectures on pediatric cardiac issues and treatment.

Above all, Dr. Setty’s primary interest is in providing the highest level of individualized care for each one of his patients. This also includes his humanitarian visits to underserved areas around the world. Dr. Setty has traveled to Raipur, India, and Haiti where he performed and taught life-saving congenital heart surgeries on young patients who otherwise would not have had the chance to live a full life.

As a specialist, Dr. Setty may not be selected as a primary care physician.

Areas of Interest

  • Congenital Heart Disease, including Neonatal Surgery
  • Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery
  • Heart Failure and Transplant
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Heart-lung Bypass Mechanics
  • Cardiac Intensive Care

Podcast Summary

Congenital heart defects are conditions present at birth that affect how a baby's heart is made and the way it works.

They are the most common type of birth defects.

In the United States, about 40,000 infants are born with a heart defect each year.

The Pediatric Heart Center at Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach provides total prenatal, infant, pediatric and young adult heart care for patients with congenital or acquired heart disease or who have a family history of heart problems.