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Michael Ma, MD is an Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Stanford University. His practice encompasses all aspects of congenital heart disease, with an emphasis on neonates, complex biventricular repair, pulmonary artery reconstruction, and heart failure. Dr. Ma’s translational research lab utilizes biomechanical engineering principles to optimize existing and develop de novo surgical and endovascular therapies in the ongoing treatment of complex heart defects.
Our lab aims to understand the biomechanics that govern a wide spectrum of congenital heart defects, and how those biomechanics change with contemporary operative repair strategies. We simulate operations virtually via CFD, and in ex vivo and in vivo animal models, and analyze how the changes we make alter fluid flow, pressure, and stresses throughout the system. We hope that these experiments can impact and optimize existing techniques that translate quickly to the operating room.