Damien J. LaPar, M.D.

Damien J. LaPar, M.D. Specialties: Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

Damien J. LaPar, M.D.
Specialties: Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
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About Damien J. LaPar, M.D.

Damien LaPar, MD, is an American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS)-certified pediatric and congenital cardiac surgeon at the Morgan Stanely Children’s Hospital of New York. Dr. LaPar practices at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Weill Cornell Komansky Children’s Hospital in Manhattan.
Dr. LaPar trained in pediatric heart surgery at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital with additional training in complex pulmonary artery reconstructions and unifocalization procedures at Stanford University.
He specializes in complex neonatal cardiac reconstructions, pulmonary artery atresia and stenosis with MAPCA unifocalization, peripheral pulmonary stenosis, Williams ...
Damien LaPar, MD, is an American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS)-certified pediatric and congenital cardiac surgeon at the Morgan Stanely Children’s Hospital of New York. Dr. LaPar practices at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Weill Cornell Komansky Children’s Hospital in Manhattan.
Dr. LaPar trained in pediatric heart surgery at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital with additional training in complex pulmonary artery reconstructions and unifocalization procedures at Stanford University.
He specializes in complex neonatal cardiac reconstructions, pulmonary artery atresia and stenosis with MAPCA unifocalization, peripheral pulmonary stenosis, Williams syndrome, Ozaki aortic valve reconstruction and the Ross procedure for aortic valve disease, atrioventricular canal defects, Tetralogy of Fallot, and minimally-invasive approaches to pediatric cardiac surgery.
Recognized as a Super Doctors Rising Star in Cardiac Surgery, Dr. LaPar introduced and performed the first Ozaki aortic valve neocuspidization procedures at both NYP/Columbia and Weill Cornell Children’s Hospitals, and he performed the first pediatric minimally invasive Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) vascular ring repair. Dr. LaPar serves as the Director of the Complex Pulmonary Artery Reconstruction Program at NYP/Columbia Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York, as well as the Chief and Director of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Surgery Services at Weill Cornell Komansky Children’s Hospital.
Dr. LaPar is an internationally recognized basic/translational science investigator as well as clinical science researcher, co-directing a National Institutes of Health (NIH) and American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) funded congenital heart disease research lab at Columbia University. His funded research lab focuses on the investigation of vascular smooth muscle signaling in various forms of congenital arteriopathy. Dr. LaPar also serves as the Co-Director of Clinical Research, Quality, and Outcomes for the Columbia University Pediatric Heart Center with focused research on multi-institutional clinical research collaboratives and clinical trials, including his role as the Surgical Principle Investigator at NYP-CHONY for the multi-institutional PUMPKIN clinical trial to evaluate pediatric ventricular assist devices.
“My dedication to academic pediatric and congenital heart surgery is deeply rooted in my desire to advance the treatment of congenital heart disease and to make a difference in the lives of children and their families through compassionate patient care, innovative research and scholarship, and professional leadership,” says Dr. LaPar. Dr. LaPar and the Pediatric Heart Center provides a family-centered team approach and is a national leader, offering comprehensive, multidisciplinary care and the latest innovations for children requiring expert heart and congenital surgery.

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children's Hospital
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

Expertise

  • Aortic Stent Grafts

  • Bicuspid Aortic Valve

  • Cardiac Valve Replacement

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

  • Congenital Heart Disease

  • Heart Defect

  • Heart Surgery

  • Heart Valve Disease

  • Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD)

  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

  • Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery

  • Mitral Valve Prolapse

  • Mitral Valve Reconstruction

  • Mitral Valve Replacement/Repair

  • Mitral Valve Surgery

  • Mitral/Aortic Valve Replacement

  • Open Heart Surgery

  • Pacemaker Implant

  • Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

  • Specialist in Adult Congenital Heart Surgery

  • Thoracic Aortic Surgery

  • Thoracoscopic Surgical Procedure

  • Valve Replacement

  • Valvular Heart Disease

  • Ventricular Assist Device

  • Ventricular Assist Device Procedure

  • Ventricular Septal Defect

  • Ventricular Septal Myotomy-Myectomy

Board Certifications

  • Surgery

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Awards

  • 2007: Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • 2007: CU School of Medicine Class of 1955, 56, 57 Alumni Award for Outstanding Medical Student Performance, University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • 2007: George Packard Award for Outstanding Medical Student Performance in Surgery, University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • 2008: Society of Critical Care Medicine Abstract Research Award Finalist, 37th Critical Care Congress.
  • 2008: William Dion Outstanding Intern Award, University of Virginia Department of Surgery
  • 2010: Fellowship in Health Evaluation Sciences Fund Academic Scholarship, University of Virginia Department of Public Health Sciences.
  • 2010: Paul C. Sampson Resident Research Award Finalist, Western Thoracic Surgical Association.
  • 2011: 14th Annual C. Walton Lillehei Resident Forum Award 2011, 91st Annual Meeting of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.
  • 2011: Bigger-Lehman Resident Research Award, Virginia Surgical Society.
  • 2012: Academic Achievement Award for Scholastic Excellence and Application of Scientific Scholarship, University of Virginia Department of Surgery.
  • 2012: Andy Ford Award for Excellence in Pediatric Cardiovascular Research, University of Virginia Department of Pediatrics.
  • 2012: Curtis G. Tribble Award for Excellence in Resident Teaching, University of Virginia Department of Surgery.
  • 2013: Paul C. Sampson Resident Research Award Finalist, 39th Annual Meeting of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association.
  • 2013: Richard E. Clark Memorial Paper Award, 49th Annual Meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
  • 2014: 2014 Hawley H. Seiler Residents Award for Best Research, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (STSA).
  • 2014: Hugh Shepherd Warren Outstanding Chief Resident Award. University of Virginia Department of Surgery.
  • 2015: 2015 TSDA Benson R. Wilcox Resident Award for Best Research, Thoracic Surgery Directors Association, 51st Annual Meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
  • 2016: Richard E. Clark Memorial Paper Award. 52nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
  • 2019: Super Doctors Rising Star in Cardiac Surgery
  • 2019: Thoracic Surgery Foundation Replogle Traveling Fellowship Recipient (Complex Pulmonary Artery Reconstruction Fellowship, Stanford Universtiy, Mentor: Frank Hanley, MD)

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