Penn Cardiovascular Institute

Penn Cardiovascular Institute Research Directory

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Michael A. Acker, M.D.

William Maul Measey Professor of Surgery
Department: Surgery

Contact information
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street,
6 Silverstein Pavilion
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Office: (215) 349-8305
Fax: (215) 349-5798
Education:
B.S.
Brown University, Providence, RI, 1978.
M.D.
Brown University, 1981.
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Description of CVI Expertise

Chief, Cardiac Surgery Division at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center

CVI Program Unit(s):
Myocyte Biology / Heart Failure
Biotechnology / Nanomedicine / Imaging

CVI Research Description:
Michael A. Acker, M.D. is the Chief of the Cardiac Surgery Division at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

He is the Surgical Director of Heart Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Programs. He maintains an active surgical practice focusing on the care of patients with end-stage heart failure, coronary artery disease and valvular disease.

In addition, he has a special expertise in mitral valve repair for advanced myxomatous disease or in patients with end-stage heart failure. He is a national leader in the use of mechanical assist devices as a bridge to transplantation or as permanent therapy for end-stage heart failure.

He is director of an active research laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania investigating both biologic and mechanical ventricular assistance.

Selected Publications

Pilla JJ, Blom AS, Brockman DJ, Ferrari VA, Yuan Q, Acker MA: Passive ventricular constraint improves left ventricular function and mechanics in a model of heart failure secondary to acute myocardial infarction. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 126(5 ): 1467-76, Nov 2003.

Zeltsman D, Acker MA: Emerging therapies in heart failure. Heart Failure: A Clinician’s Guide to Ambulatory Diagnosis and Treatment. Loh E, Jessup M (eds.). New York: Humana Press, Page: 271-278, 2003.

Acker MA, Milewski K: Biologic and mechanical support for advanced congestive heart failure. In Cardiac Transplantation in Perspective: A Practical Guide for Physicians and Surgeons. New York: Marcel Dekker Publ. Loh E (eds.). 2003.

Zeltsman D, Acker MA: Heart transplantation. Robb and Smith’s Volume on Cardiac Surgery, 5th Edition. Gardner T, Spray T (eds.). London: Edward Arnold Publishing Ltd. Page: 351-61, 2004.

McGovern PC, Chambers S, Blumberg EA, Acker MA, Tiwari S, Taubenberger JK, Carboni A, Twomey C, Loh E: Successful explantation of a ventricular assist device following fulminant influenza type a associated myocarditis. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 21(2): 290-293, Feb 2002.

Krasinskas AM, Kreisel D, Acker MA, Bavaria JE, Pochettino A, Kotloff RM, Arcasoy S, Blumenthal N, Kamoun M, Moore JS, Rosengard BR: CD3 monitoring of antithymocyte globulin therapy in thoracic organ transplantation. Transplantation 73(8): 1339-1341, Apr 27 2002.

Stewart AS, Gorman RC, Pochettino A, Rosengard BR, Acker MA: Left ventricular assist device for right side assistance in patients with transposition. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 74(3): 912-914, Sept 2002.

Zeltsman D, Acker MA: Surgical management of heart failure: An overview. [Review] Annual Review of Medicine 53: 383-391, 2002.

Pilla JJ, Blom AS, Brockman DJ, Bowen F, Yuan Q, Giammarco J, Ferrari VA, Gorman JH, Gorman RC, Acker MA: Ventricular constraint using the acorn cardiac support device (csd) reduces myocardial akinetic area in an ovine model of acute infarction. Circulation 106(12 Suppl I): 1207-1211, Sept 24 2002.

Pilla JJ, Brockman DJ, Blom AS, Yuan Q, Acker MA: Passive ventricular constraint improves myocardial energetics in a model of heart failure secondary to acute infarction. AATS 82nd Annual Meeting, Washington, DC May 2002.

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