Eduardo Da Cruz, MD
Professor, Pediatrics-Cardiology

Medical School:
  • MD, Universidad de Costa Rica (1986)
Languages: French, English, Spanish, Portuguese
Department: Pediatrics-Cardiology

Professional Titles

  • Professor, Pediatrics-Cardiology
  • Associate Medical Director, Heart Institute; Head, Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Program; Director, CICU & Inpatient Services

Recognition & Awards

  • 2019 Distinguished Service Award, American College of Cardiology, (2019)
  • Chair and Founder, Section of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Intensive Care and Mechanical Circulatory Support, European Society of Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC), (2016)
  • President and Chair of the Board, Surgeons of Hope Foundation, (2011)
    United Nations-affiliated Non-Governmental Organization
  • Founder and Emeritus Chair, Working Group on Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care, Association for the European Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology (AEPC), (2011)
  • Suma Cum Laude, Universidad de Costa Rica, (1985)

Research Interests

My research interests are focused on the nutrition of the critically-ill pediatric cardiac patient, quality improvement and safety, development of new monitoring strategies and cardiovascular pharmacology.


  • Tenured Professor of Pediatrics (Pediatric Cardiology and Intensive Care) (2007)
    School of Medicine, Pediatrics


  • Jone PN, Mitchell MB, Campbell DN, da Cruz EM. Prenatal diagnosis and successful outcome in neonate of aorto-left ventricle tunnel. Echocardiography. 2014 Jan;31(1):E20-3. PubMed PMID: 24383948
  • Hauck A, da Cruz EM, Jaggers J, Jone PN. Tricuspid Atresia Associated with Truncus Arteriosus versus Aortopulmonary Window: Combining Fetal and Postnatal Echocardiography to Make the Diagnosis. Echocardiography. 2013 Sep 4. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24033694
  • Singhal NR, Da Cruz EM, Nicolarsen J, Schwartz LI, Merritt GR, Barrett C, Twite MD, Ing RJ. Perioperative management of shock in two fontan patients with plastic bronchitis. Semin Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2013 Mar;17(1):55-60. PubMed PMID: 23381614
  • Erwin N, Zuk J, Kaufman J, Pan Z, Carpenter E, Mitchell MB, da Cruz EM. Extended survival and re-hospitalisation among paediatric patients requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for primary cardiac dysfunction. Cardiol Young. 2012 Jun 14;:1-7. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 22694830

Professional Memberships

  • Association for the European Pediatric Cardiology, Member
  • European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery, Member, Board of the Congenital Domain
  • European Society of Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care, Member
  • European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, Member
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine, Member
  • Swiss Society of Pediatric Cardiology, Member
  • Societe Francaise de Cardiologie, Member
  • Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society, Member
  • European Society of Cardiology, Member
  • Society For Pediatric Research (SPR), Member
  • Sociedad Latina de Cardiologia y Cirugia Cardiovascular, Member
  • World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, Member
  • World federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies, Member
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Society of the United Kingdom, Member
  • British Pediatric Cardiac Association, Member
  • STS, Member

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

  • Pediatric Cardiology (1992)
  • Pediatrics, Board Certification (1989)
  • European Board of Pediatric Cardiology, Certificate (1994)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Heart and Circulation - Congenital Heart Disease
  • Critical Care
  • Heart and Circulation
Clinical Interests
I trained in Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology and Intensive Care, and have more than 20 years of experience as an attending physician. Over the last two decades I have developed an expertise in the management of medical and surgical (pre and post-operative) cardiac patients, from neonates to adults with congenital cardiac diseases. My main interest is to serve patients and their families and my community to the best of my capacities and thinking beyond the strictly medical aspects, as patient psycho-emotional support and quality of life is key.

Care Philosophy
I strive to promote quality, safety, effectiveness, interdisciplinary practices and optimal communication between patients, their families and our staff. Our care must be patient and family-centered and driven toward the best outcome possible.

Volunteer Activities
I have been involved in humanitarian work for more than two decades and I am currently the President of Surgeons of Hope, a United Nations-affiliated Non-Governmental Organization based in New York and in charge of developing programs of pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery in Latin America. My ultimate goal in the mid term is to implement and consolidate a Central American Network of Pediatric Cardiac Care.

Public Speaking

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Universidad de Costa Rica (1986)
Languages: French, English, Spanish, Portuguese
Department: Pediatrics-Cardiology