Eduardo Da Cruz, MD
Professor, Pediatrics-Cardiology

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Medical School:
  • MD, Universidad de Costa Rica (1986)
Fellowships:
  • University of Paris, Rene Descartes, Pediatric Cardiology & Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (1992)
Languages: French, English, Spanish, Portuguese
Department: Pediatrics-Cardiology

Professional Titles

  • 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.

Teaching

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

Publications

  • Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery and Cardiac Intensive Care. 2nd Edition. Eduardo da Cruz, Dunbar-David Ivy, James Jaggers, Eds, Springer-Verlag London Ltd, London, 2020. (Editor-In-Chief)
  • European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Textbook. 1st Edition. Pierre Tissieres, Joe Brierley, Daniele DeLuca, Eds. Springer-Verlag London Ltd, London, to be published in June 2021.
  • da Cruz E, Ivy D. Acute Pulmonary Hypertension. In: Textbook of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery and Cardiac Intensive Care. .2nd Edition. Eduardo da Cruz, Dunbar-David Ivy, James Jaggers, Eds, Springer-Verlag London Ltd, London, to be published in 2021.
  • Da Cruz E, Lacour-Gayet F, Truong U. Double Outlet Right Ventricle. In: Textbook of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery and Cardiac Intensive Care. .2nd Edition. Eduardo da Cruz, Dunbar-David Ivy, James Jaggers, Eds, Springer-Verlag London Ltd, London, to be published in 2021.
  • Turmenian H, da Cruz E, Mitchell M. Supravalvar aortic stenosis. In: Textbook of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery and Cardiac Intensive Care. .2nd Edition. Eduardo da Cruz, Dunbar-David Ivy, James Jaggers, Eds, Springer-Verlag London Ltd, London, to be published in 2021.
  • da Cruz E, Browne L, Darst J, Fonseca B, Jaggers J. Takayasu Arteritis. In: Textbook of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery and Cardiac Intensive Care.2nd Edition. Eduardo da Cruz, Dunbar-David Ivy, James Jaggers, Eds, Springer-Verlag London Ltd, London, to be published in 2021.
  • Singh Y, Tissot C, Fraga MV, Yousef N, Cortes RG, Lopez J, Sanchez-de-Toledo J, Brierley J, Colunga JM, Raffaj D, da Cruz E, Durand P, Kenderessy P, Lang HJ, Nishisaki A, Kneyber MC, Tissieres P, Conlon TW and De Luca D. International, evidence-based guidelines on Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) for critically ill neonates and children. Crit Care 2020 (in press)
  • Singh Y, Fraga MV, da Cruz EM, Yousef N, Gonzalez Cortes R, Colunga JM, Raffaj D, Conlon TW, De Luca D, Tissot C. International, evidence-based guidelines on Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) for critically ill neonates and children issued by the POCUS Working Group of the European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC). Crit Care 2020; 24: 65-81.
  • Singh Y, Urbano J, Brierly J, Cecchetti C, da Cruz EM, Guillén M, Lopez Herce J, di Nardo M, Saxena R, Tibby S, de Boode W, Lemson J. Recommendations for hemodynamic monitoring in the PICU, a consensus statement from the section of cardiovascular dynamics of ESPNIC. Crit Care 2020 (in press)
  • Nguyen DA, De Mul A, Hoskote A, Cogo P, da Cruz EM, Erickson S, Lasa JJ, Thiagarajan RR, Bembea MM, Karam O, on behalf of PALISI, ESPNIC, ANZICS PSG, and ELSO. Factors Associated with Initiation of Extracorporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: an International Survey. Crit Care 2020 (in press)
  • Raghavan VR, da Cruz E, Kaufman J, Osorio Lujan S. International Survey on the Use of Arginine Vasopressin in the Postoperative Management of Single Ventricle Patients. Ped crit Care Med 2020 (in press)
  • Critical Care of Children with Heart Disease-Basic Medical and Surgical Concepts. 2nd Edition. Ricardo Munoz, Victor Morell, Carol Schmitt, José Pedro da Silva, Eduardo da Cruz, Eds. Springer-Verlag London Ltd, London, 2020. (Co-Editor)
  • Bautista C, da Cruz E. Ultrasound for ECMO patients. In: Point of Care Ultrasound for Paediatric and Neonatal Critical Care. 1st Edition. Joan Sanchez de Toledo, Peter Rimensberger, Vincent Muehlethaler Eds. Oxford Clinical Imaging Guides series London UK, 2020
  • Nguyen DA, De Mul A, Hoskote A, Cogo P, da Cruz EM, Erickson S, Lasa JJ, Thiagarajan RR, Bembea MM, Karam O, on behalf of PALISI, ESPNIC, ANZICS PSG, and ELSO. Factors Associated with Initiation of Extracorporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: an International Survey. World Federation of Pediatric Intensive & Critical Care Societies 2020 Meeting; Virtual Meeting; December 1-4, 2020
  • Raghavan V, da Cruz E, Kaufman J, Osorio S. international survey on the use of arginine vasopressin in the postoperative management of single ventricle pediatric patients; AEPC 2020 Meeting, Gothenburg, Sweden, May 13 - 16, 2020
  • Raghavan V, Kaufman J, Osorio S, da Cruz E. A retrospective cohort study on the use of arginine vasopressin in the postoperative management of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome patients; AEPC 2020 Meeting, Gothenburg, Sweden, May 13 - 16, 2020
  • Raghavan V, da Cruz E, Kaufman J, Osorio S. international survey on the use of arginine vasopressin in the postoperative management of single ventricle pediatric patients; AEPC 2020 Meeting, Gothenburg, Sweden, May 13 - 16, 2020 (ORAL POSTER PRESENTATION).
  • Raghavan V, Kaufman J, Osorio S, da Cruz E. A retrospective cohort study on the use of arginine vasopressin in the postoperative management of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome patients; AEPC 2020 Meeting, Gothenburg, Sweden, May 13 - 16, 2020 (ORAL PRESENTATION).
  • Cardiac Intensive care of the Adult with Congenital Heart Disease. 1st Edition. Eduardo da Cruz, Duncan Macrae, Gary Webb Eds, Springer-Verlag London Ltd, London, 2019. (Editor-In-Chief)
  • Nakano da Cruz E, S Tissot C, Miyamoto S. Cardiac failure. In: Critical Care of Children with Heart Disease-Basic Medical and Surgical Concepts. 2nd Edition. Ricardo Munoz, Victor Morell, Carol Schmitt, José Pedro da Silva, Eduardo da Cruz Eds. Springer-Verlag London Ltd, London, 2019
  • Truong U, Jaggers J, da Cruz E, Double Outlet Right Ventricle. In: Critical Care of Children with Heart Disease-Basic Medical and Surgical Concepts. 2nd Edition. Ricardo Munoz, Victor Morell, Carol Schmitt, José Pedro da Silva, Eduardo da Cruz Eds. Springer-Verlag London Ltd, London, 2019
  • Tissot C, da Cruz E, Buckvold S, Myers P. Mitral valve anomalies and related disorders. In: Critical Care of Children with Heart Disease-Basic Medical and Surgical Concepts. 2nd Edition. Ricardo Munoz, Victor Morell, Carol Schmitt, José Pedro da Silva, Eduardo da Cruz Eds. Springer-Verlag London Ltd, London, 2019
  • Tissot C, Phelps C, da Cruz E, Miyamoto S. Pericardial diseases. In: Critical Care of Children with Heart Disease-Basic Medical and Surgical Concepts. 2nd Edition. Ricardo Munoz, Victor Morell, Carol Schmitt, José Pedro da Silva, Eduardo da Cruz Eds. Springer-Verlag London Ltd, London, 2019
  • da Cruz E, Ivy D. Acute Pulmonary Hypertension. In: Critical Care of Children with Heart Disease-Basic Medical and Surgical Concepts. 2nd Edition. Ricardo Munoz, Victor Morell, Carol Schmitt, José Pedro da Silva, Eduardo da Cruz Eds. Springer-Verlag London Ltd, London, 2019
  • Fonseca B, da Cruz E, Jaggers J. Anomalous Coronary Arteries. In: Critical Care of Children with Heart Disease-Basic Medical and Surgical Concepts. 2nd Edition. Ricardo Munoz, Victor Morell, Carol Schmitt, José Pedro da Silva, Eduardo da Cruz Eds. Springer-Verlag London Ltd, London, 2019
  • da Cruz E, Morell V. Truncus Arteriosus. In: Critical Care of Children with Heart Disease-Basic Medical and Surgical Concepts. 2nd Edition. Ricardo Munoz, Victor Morell, Carol Schmitt, José Pedro da Silva, Eduardo da Cruz Eds. Springer-Verlag London Ltd, London, 2019
  • da Cruz E, Kaufman J, Fonseca B, Jaggers J. Single ventricle: general aspects. In: Critical Care of Children with Heart Disease-Basic Medical and Surgical Concepts. 2nd Edition. Ricardo Munoz, Victor Morell, Carol Schmitt, José Pedro da Silva, Eduardo da Cruz Eds. Springer-Verlag London Ltd, London, 2019
  • Kaufman J, Jaggers J, da Cruz E. Atrioventricular Septal Defects. In: Critical Care of Children with Heart Disease-Basic Medical and Surgical Concepts. 2nd Edition. Ricardo Munoz, Victor Morell, Carol Schmitt, José Pedro da Silva, Eduardo da Cruz Eds. Springer-Verlag London Ltd, London, 2019
  • da Cruz E, Kozik D. Atrial Septal Defects. In: Critical Care of Children with Heart Disease-Basic Medical and Surgical Concepts. 2nd Edition. Ricardo Munoz, Victor Morell, Carol Schmitt, José Pedro da Silva, Eduardo da Cruz Eds. Springer-Verlag London Ltd, London, 2019
  • Kozik D, Kaufman J, da Cruz E. Patent Ductus Arteriosus. In: Critical Care of Children with Heart Disease-Basic Medical and Surgical Concepts. 2nd Edition. Ricardo Munoz, Victor Morell, Carol Schmitt, José Pedro da Silva, Eduardo da Cruz Eds. Springer-Verlag London Ltd, London, 2019
  • Tissot C, Younoszai AK, Singh Y, da Cruz E. Echocardiography. In: Critical Care of Children with Heart Disease-Basic Medical and Surgical Concepts. 2nd Edition. Ricardo Munoz, Victor Morell, Carol Schmitt, José Pedro da Silva, Eduardo da Cruz Eds. Springer-Verlag London Ltd, London, 2019
  • da Cruz E. Conversation with a Leader in Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care.PCICS Podcast, episode 27. July 2019
  • Kim JS, Kaufman J, Patel SS, Manco-Johnson M, Di Paola J, da Cruz EM. Antiplatelet Effect of Ketorolac in Children After Congenital Cardiac Surgery. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2018 Nov;9(6):651-658. PubMed PMID: 30322371
  • Goot BH, Kaufman J, Pan Z, Bourne DWA, Hickey F, Twite M, Galinkin J, Christians U, Zuk J, da Cruz EM. Morphine Pharmacokinetics in Children With Down Syndrome Following Cardiac Surgery. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2018 May;19(5):459-467. PubMed PMID: 29547456
  • Kaufman J, da Cruz EM. Perspective Regarding Postoperative Care Following Pediatric Heart Surgery. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2018 Jul;9(4):478. PubMed PMID: 29945515
  • Bautista-Rodriguez C, Sanchez-de-Toledo J, Da Cruz EM. The Role of Echocardiography in Neonates and Pediatric Patients on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation. Front Pediatr. 2018;6:297. PubMed PMID: 30416991
  • Tume LN, Balmaks R, da Cruz E, Latten L, Verbruggen S, Valla FV. Enteral Feeding Practices in Infants With Congenital Heart Disease Across European PICUs: A European Society of Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Survey. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2018 Feb;19(2):137-144. PubMed PMID: 29206731
  • Kaufman J, Phadke D, Tong S, Eshelman J, Newman S, Ruzas C, da Cruz EM, Osorio S. Clinical Associations of Early Dysnatremias in Critically Ill Neonates and Infants Undergoing Cardiac Surgery. Pediatr Cardiol. 2017 Jan;38(1):149-154. PubMed PMID: 27826706
  • Sarris GE, Balmer C, Bonou P, Comas JV, da Cruz E, Di Chiara L, Di Donato RM, Fragata J, Jokinen TE, Kirvassilis G, Lytrivi I, Milojevic M, Sharland G, Siepe M, Stein J, Büchel EV, Vouhé PR. Clinical guidelines for the management of patients with transposition of the great arteries with intact ventricular septum. Cardiol Young. 2017 Apr;27(3):530-569. PubMed PMID: 28249633
  • Gist KM, Kaufman J, da Cruz EM, Friesen RH, Crumback SL, Linders M, Edelstein C, Altmann C, Palmer C, Jalal D, Faubel S. A Decline in Intraoperative Renal Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Is Associated With Adverse Outcomes in Children Following Cardiac Surgery. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2016 Apr;17(4):342-9. PubMed PMID: 26914625
  • da Cruz EM, Tabbutt S, Eisenhaur MC, Jacobs JP, Graham EM, Smith LC, Simsic J, Laussen PC. Confessions of PCICU Leaders: Tales From the Past, Lessons for the Future. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2015 Oct;6(4):556-64. PubMed PMID: 26467870
  • Kaufman J, Vichayavilas P, Rannie M, Peyton C, Carpenter E, Hull D, Alpern J, Barrett C, da Cruz EM, Roosevelt G. Improved nutrition delivery and nutrition status in critically ill children with heart disease. Pediatrics. 2015 Mar;135(3):e717-25. PubMed PMID: 25687139
  • 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
  • McFerson MC, McCanta AC, Pan Z, Collins KK, Jaggers J, da Cruz EM, Kaufman J. Tachyarrhythmias after the Norwood procedure: relationship and effect of vasoactive agents. Pediatr Cardiol. 2014 Apr;35(4):668-75. PubMed PMID: 24240783
  • 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. 2013;23(2):258-64. PubMed PMID: 22694830
  • Davidson J, Tong S, Hauck A, Lawson DS, da Cruz E, Kaufman J. Kinetics of procalcitonin and C-reactive protein and the relationship to postoperative infection in young infants undergoing cardiovascular surgery. Pediatr Res. 2013 Oct;74(4):413-9. PubMed PMID: 23863853
  • Kaufmnan J, Twite M, Barrett C, Peyton C, Koehler J, Rannie M, Kahn MG, Schofield S, Ing RJ, Jaggers J, Hyman D, da Cruz EM. A handoff protocol from the cardiovascular operating room to cardiac ICU is associated with improvements in care beyond the immediate postoperative period. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2013 Jul;39(7):306-11. PubMed PMID: 23888640
  • Kaufman J, Rannie M, Kahn MG, Vitaska M, Wathen B, Peyton C, Judd J, Quinby Z, da Cruz EM, Dobyns E. An interdisciplinary initiative to reduce unplanned extubations in pediatric critical care units. Pediatrics. 2012 Jun;129(6):e1594-600. PubMed PMID: 22585764
  • Stoica S, Carpenter E, Campbell D, Mitchell M, da Cruz E, Ivy D, Lacour-Gayet F. Morbidity of the arterial switch operation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 Jun;93(6):1977-83. PubMed PMID: 22365263
  • Davidson J, Tong S, Hancock H, Hauck A, da Cruz E, Kaufman J. Prospective validation of the vasoactive-inotropic score and correlation to short-term outcomes in neonates and infants after cardiothoracic surgery. Intensive Care Med. 2012 Jul;38(7):1184-90. PubMed PMID: 22527067
  • Dumond AA, da Cruz E, Almodovar MC, Friesen RH. Femoral artery catheterization in neonates and infants. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2012 Jan;13(1):39-41. PubMed PMID: 21478789
  • Sables-Baus S, Kaufman J, Cook P, da Cruz EM. Oral feeding outcomes in neonates with congenital cardiac disease undergoing cardiac surgery. Cardiol Young. 2012 Feb;22(1):42-8. PubMed PMID: 21729496
  • Howley LW, Kaufman J, Wymore E, Thureen P, Magouirk JK, McNair B, da Cruz EM. Enteral feeding in neonates with prostaglandin-dependent congenital cardiac disease: international survey on current trends and variations in practice. Cardiol Young. 2012 Apr;22(2):121-7. PubMed PMID: 21771388
  • Clarke M, da Cruz E, Koehler J, Kaufman J. A multicenter survey of heparin prophylaxis practice in pediatric critical care. J Intensive Care Med. 2011 Sep-Oct;26(5):314-7. PubMed PMID: 21436172
  • Burton GL, Kaufman J, Goot BH, da Cruz EM. The use of Arginine Vasopressin in neonates following the Norwood procedure. Cardiol Young. 2011 Oct;21(5):536-44. PubMed PMID: 21554826
  • Teng SN, Kaufman J, Czaja AS, Friesen RH, da Cruz EM. Propofol as a bridge to extubation for high-risk children with congenital cardiac disease. Cardiol Young. 2011 Feb;21(1):46-51. PubMed PMID: 20955640
  • da Cruz E, Lechner E, Stiller B, Munoz R, Beghetti M, Fakler U, Haas N. Recommendations from the Association for European Paediatric Cardiology for training in paediatric cardiac intensive care. Cardiol Young. 2011 Aug;21(4):480-4. PubMed PMID: 21672292
  • Teng S, Kaufman J, Pan Z, Czaja A, Shockley H, da Cruz E. Continuous arterial pressure waveform monitoring in pediatric cardiac transplant, cardiomyopathy and pulmonary hypertension patients. Intensive Care Med. 2011 Aug;37(8):1297-301. PubMed PMID: 21626432
  • Caverly L, Rausch CM, da Cruz E, Kaufman J. Octreotide treatment of chylothorax in pediatric patients following cardiothoracic surgery. Congenit Heart Dis. 2010 Nov-Dec;5(6):573-8. PubMed PMID: 21106017
  • Tissot C, Buchholz H, Mitchell MB, da Cruz E, Miyamoto SD, Pietra BA, Charpentier A, Ghez O. First pediatric transatlantic air ambulance transportation on a Berlin Heart EXCOR left ventricular assist device as a bridge to transplantation. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2010 Mar;11(2):e24-5. PubMed PMID: 20216173
  • King DS, da Cruz E, Kaufman J. A model for a nurse-led programme of bedside placement of peripherally inserted central catheters in neonates and infants with congenital cardiac disease. Cardiol Young. 2010 Jun;20(3):302-7. PubMed PMID: 20346200
  • Cavanaugh JL, Miyamoto SD, da Cruz E, Pietra BA, Campbell DN, Mitchell MB, Peyton CE, Gruenwald J, Darst JR. Predicting recovery: successful explant of a ventricular assist device in a child with dilated cardiomyopathy. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2010 Jan;29(1):105-8. PubMed PMID: 19783171
  • Phelps CM, Da Cruz E, Fagan T, Younoszai AK, Tissot C. Images in cardiovascular medicine. Anterior origin of the main pulmonary artery from the arterial valvar sinus: unusual truncus arteriosus. Circulation. 2009 Feb 3;119(4):624-7. PubMed PMID: 19188523
  • Karam O, da Cruz E, Rimensberger PC. VGAM induced high-flow congestive heart failure responsive to PGE1 infusion. Int J Cardiol. 2009 Feb 20;132(2):e60-2. PubMed PMID: 18022260
  • Goldberg SP, McCanta AC, Campbell DN, Carpenter EV, Clarke DR, da Cruz E, Ivy DD, Lacour-Gayet FG. Implications of incising the ventricular septum in double outlet right ventricle and in the Ross-Konno operation. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2009 Apr;35(4):589-93; discussion 593. PubMed PMID: 19269838
  • da Cruz EM, Beghetti M, Kalangos A, Berner M, Sierra J, Aggoun Y, Tissot C, Pellegrini M, Saudan S, Habre W, Rimensberger PC. Mechanical support availability in pediatric cardiac surgery: program size should not matter. Int J Cardiol. 2008 Sep 26;129(2):282-4. PubMed PMID: 17689727
  • Tissot C, Corbelli R, Aggoun Y, Beghetti M, da Cruz E. Bronchoscopic diagnosis of asymptomatic unilateral pulmonary vein atresia in an infant. Pediatr Cardiol. 2008 Sep;29(5):976-9. PubMed PMID: 18026778
  • Tissot C, Darst JR, Kaza AK, Younoszai AK, da Cruz E. Partial left pulmonary artery sling associated with multiple ventricular septal defects: a rare congenital anomaly. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2008 Oct;136(4):1085-7. PubMed PMID: 18954657
  • Tissières P, da Cruz E, Habre W, Aggoun Y, Mensi N, Kalangos A, Beghetti M. Value of brain natriuretic peptide in the perioperative follow-up of children with valvular disease. Intensive Care Med. 2008 Jun;34(6):1109-13. PubMed PMID: 18283430
  • Willis L, Thureen P, Kaufman J, Wymore E, Skillman H, da Cruz E. Enteral feeding in prostaglandin-dependent neonates: is it a safe practice?. J Pediatr. 2008 Dec;153(6):867-9. PubMed PMID: 19014824
  • Tissot C, Rimensberger PC, Aggoun Y, Kalangos A, Ozsahin H, Beghetti M, da Cruz EM. Tissue plasminogen activator for a left atrial thrombus after Senning repair. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2007 May;8(3):279-81. PubMed PMID: 17417122
  • Tissot C, da Cruz E, Beghetti M, Aggoun Y. Successful use of a new Amplatzer Vascular plug for percutaneous closure of a large aortopulmonary collateral artery in a pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect prior to complete repair. Int J Cardiol. 2007 Mar 20;116(2):e39-41. PubMed PMID: 17052781
  • Tissot C, Aggoun Y, Rimensberger PC, Sierra J, Kalangos A, Beghetti M, da Cruz E. Left ventricular epicardial VVI pacing for a congenital complete heart block with severe myocardial dysfunction: shall epicardial pacing wires be positioned left?. Int J Cardiol. 2007 Mar 2;116(1):e7-9. PubMed PMID: 17049639
  • Tissot C, Pache JC, da Cruz E. Clinical vignette. A giant congenital left ventricular diverticulum simulating an aneurysm. Eur Heart J. 2007 Jan;28(1):25. PubMed PMID: 16772341
  • Tissot C, da Cruz E, Aggoun Y. Rescue left main coronary artery stenting for acute myocardial ischemia after coronary angiography in a 7-year-old girl with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2007 Feb 1;69(2):243-7. PubMed PMID: 17191220
  • Tissot C, Aggoun Y, Beghetti M, da Cruz E, Sierra J, Kalangos A. The Lecompte maneuver as an alternative to reduction pulmonary arterioplasty for relief of airway compression in absent pulmonary valve syndrome. Ann Thorac Surg. 2007 Feb;83(2):727; author reply 727-8. PubMed PMID: 17258038
  • da Cruz E, Aggoun Y, Tissot C, Beghetti M. Re: Systematic placement of left-sided pacing leads as an appealing option for cardiac resynchronization as treatment of congestive cardiac failure in children dependent on chronic cardiac pacing. Cardiol Young. 2007 Apr;17(2):234-5. PubMed PMID: 17291395
  • da Cruz E, Billieux MH, Beghetti M. A neonate with isolated combined aortic and pulmonary valvar stenosis. Int J Cardiol. 2007 Mar 2;116(1):e13-4. PubMed PMID: 17095108
  • Motti A, Tissot C, Rimensberger PC, Prina-Rousso A, Aggoun Y, Berner M, Beghetti M, da Cruz E. Intravenous adenosine for refractory pulmonary hypertension in a low-weight premature newborn: a potential new drug for rescue therapy. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2006 Jul;7(4):380-2. PubMed PMID: 16738499
  • da Cruz E, Aggoun Y, Tissot-Daguette C, Beghetti M. Fatal coronary artery anomaly presenting as bronchiolitis. Eur J Pediatr. 2006 Jul;165(7):505; author reply 506. PubMed PMID: 16602012
  • Beghetti M, Aggoun Y, Da Cruz E. Nitric oxide precursors and congenital cardiac surgery: a randomized controlled trial of oral citrulline. Definition of pulmonary hypertension in Fontan circulation?. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2006 Dec;132(6):1501-2. PubMed PMID: 17141000
  • Tissières P, Aggoun Y, Da Cruz E, Sierra J, Mensi N, Kalangos A, Beghetti M. Comparison of classifications for heart failure in children undergoing valvular surgery. J Pediatr. 2006 Aug;149(2):210-5. PubMed PMID: 16887436
  • da Cruz E, Carbognani D. A "friendly" system for pericardial drainage. Cardiol Young. 2000 Jan;10(1):52-3. PubMed PMID: 10695542
  • da Cruz E. Anomalous left coronary artery arising from the right pulmonary artery. Cardiol Young. 1999 Jan;9(1):109. PubMed PMID: 10323554
  • Da Cruz E, Milella L, Corno A. Left isomerism with tetralogy of Fallot and anomalous systemic and pulmonary venous connections. Cardiol Young. 1998 Jan;8(1):131-3. PubMed PMID: 9680287
  • da Cruz E, Carbognani D, Laborde F, Bougaran J, Dibie A, Le Bidois J, Batisse A, Fermont L. Aortic coarctation, multiple ventricular septal defects, and anomalous coronary artery arising from the right pulmonary artery. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1998 Jan;115(1):244-6. PubMed PMID: 9451072
  • Laborde F, Folliguet T, Da Cruz E, Batisse A, Carbognani D, Dibie A. Video surgical technique for interruption of patent ductus arteriosus in children and neonates. Pediatr Pulmonol Suppl. 1997;16:177-9. PubMed PMID: 9443261
  • Laborde F, Folliguet T, Batisse A, Dibie A, da Cruz E, Carbognani D. [Closure of patent ductus arteriosus by video thoracoscopy in 282 children]. Arch Mal Coeur Vaiss. 1996 May;89(5):547-51. PubMed PMID: 8758562
  • Laborde F, Folliguet T, Batisse A, Dibie A, da-Cruz E, Carbognani D. Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgical interruption: the technique of choice for patent ductus arteriosus. Routine experience in 230 pediatric cases. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1995 Dec;110(6):1681-4; discussion 1684-5. PubMed PMID: 8523880
  • Leca F, Karam J, Vouhe PR, Khoury W, Tamisier D, Bical O, Da Cruz E, Thibert M. Surgical treatment of multiple ventricular septal defects using a biologic glue. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1994 Jan;107(1):96-102. PubMed PMID: 8283925
  • Acar P, Sidi D, Kachaner J, Gournay V, Iserin L, Da Cruz E, Delogu A. [Cavopulmonary shunts in the treatment of univentricular heart diseases in children. An experience of 60 cases]. Arch Mal Coeur Vaiss. 1993 May;86(5):601-7. PubMed PMID: 8257270
  • Piéchaud JF, Ladeia AM, Da Cruz E, Gournay V, Iserin L, Delogu A, Cohen L, Sidi D, Kachaner J. [Perforation-dilatation of pulmonary atresia with intact interventricular septum in neonates and infants]. Arch Mal Coeur Vaiss. 1993 May;86(5):581-6. PubMed PMID: 8257267
  • Sidi D, Le Bidois J, Piéchaud JF, Da Cruz E, Marchal C, Gournay V, Kachaner J, Rustin P, Chrétien D, Munnich A. [Enzymatic activities of the mitochondrial respiratory chain in child cardiomyopathies. 34 cases prospectively studied by endomyocardial biopsy]. Arch Mal Coeur Vaiss. 1992 May;85(5):541-6. PubMed PMID: 1530392
  • Villain E, Bonnet D, Attali T, Da Cruz E, Marchal C, Gournay V, Kachaner J. [Rhythmogenic cardiomyopathies of atrial origin in children. Myth or reality?]. Arch Mal Coeur Vaiss. 1992 May;85(5):547-51. PubMed PMID: 1356326
  • Benamer H, Sluysmans T, Sidi D, Marchal C, Da Cruz E, Le Bidois J, Piéchaud JF, Bianca I, Kachaner J. [Right pulmonary artery arising from the proximal ascending aorta. A model of reflex pulmonary hypertension of the left lung?]. Arch Mal Coeur Vaiss. 1991 May;84(5):639-46. PubMed PMID: 1898198
  • Villain E, Marchal C, Levy M, Da Cruz E, Marçon F, Worms AM, Kachaner J. [Congenital long QT syndrome. Mid-term prognosis]. Arch Mal Coeur Vaiss. 1991 May;84(5):653-8. PubMed PMID: 1680318
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Professional Memberships

  • Association for the European Pediatric Cardiology, Member; Emeritus Founder Cardiac Critical care Working Group
  • European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery, Member, Board of the Congenital Domain
  • European Society of Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care, Member; Founder and Past-Chair Section of Cardiac Critical Care and Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • 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
  • American College of Cardiology, Member, FACC (Fellow)

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Pediatric Cardiology (1992)
  • Pediatrics, Board Certification (1989)
  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (1992)
  • 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 30 years of experience as an attending physician. Over the last three 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 three decades and I am currently the President and Chair of the Board 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
Yes

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Universidad de Costa Rica (1986)
Fellowships:
  • University of Paris, Rene Descartes, Pediatric Cardiology & Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (1992)
Languages: French, English, Spanish, Portuguese
Department: Pediatrics-Cardiology
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