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Walter Edward Pae, Jr., M.D.


Walter Edward Pae, Jr., M.D. is professor of surgery in the Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA.

He is the principal investigator for both the European and U.S. trials of the Arrow LionHeart . Pae's clinical and research interests include myocardial protection, aortic and valve surgery, as well as cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support of failing hearts. He continues to pursue basic research and clinical trials to apply mechanical circulatory support in the form of implanted ventricular assist devices and total artificial hearts to end stage heart disease.

Pae received his B.A. in chemistry from Depauw University in 1972 and his M.D. from Penn State in 1977. He did his residency in General Surgery at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center from 1977-79 and a research fellow from 1980-81. Pae was a research fellow in cardiothoracic surgery in 1979-80 and was chief resident in general surgery from 1981-82. He did a residency in cardiothoracic surgery from 1982-83 and was chief resident in cardiothoracic surgery from 1983- 84. He is board certified in both Surgery and in Thoracic Surgery.

He joined the faculty of the College of Medicine in 1984 and was promoted to professor of surgery in July 1992. From 1991-99 he was director of the Cardiac Transplantation Service at the Medical Center. He is a United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) approved transplant surgeon.

He is an active fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American College of Cardiology and a member of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, Society for Thoracic Surgery, Society of University Surgeons, American Association of Thoracic Surgeons and serves on numerous committees within these organizations.

Pae has written numerous scientific publications, book chapters and protocols.

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