Jonathan Chen, MD says he was drawn to pediatric heart surgery because of the unique opportunity to give children a chance at life. As chief of pediatric cardiovascular surgery and co-director of the Seattle Children's Heart Center, Dr. Chen oversees a team that performs more than 500 surgeries a year, and is the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.
Dr. Chen comes to Seattle Children's from New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he served most recently as the chief of pediatric cardiac surgery and director of pediatric cardiovascular services at the Weill Cornell campus and surgical director of pediatric heart transplantation at the Columbia campus. He was the David Wallace-Starr Foundation Professor of cardiothoracic surgery and pediatrics at Cornell University. Since 2002, Dr. Chen has performed more than 150 heart transplants and is Chair of the Membership and Professional Standards Committee for the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the group that oversees all solid organ transplantation in the United States.
The author of more than 120 papers and 25 book chapters, Dr. Chen's research interests lie in developing ventricular assist devices for infants and children suffering from heart failure. He has been a co-investigator in several research trials with the goal of improving the systems that act as a bridge to transplant, including a National Institutes of Health grant evaluating long-term mechanical ventricular assistance.