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Robert S. Farivar, M.D., Ph.D.
Cardiovascular Surgery

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Dr. Farivar specializes in adult cardiac surgery, with a subspecialization in valve surgery, minimally invasive valve surgery, and complex reoperative surgery. He has expertise in mitral valve repair and replacement, as well as minimally invasive aortic valve surgery and TAVR. He has established the first JCAHO certified center for excellence in valve repair while at the University of Iowa.

His training was at the Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard Medical School as well as Children's Hospital Boston, for both General Surgery and Cardiac Surgery. He is a member of the 21st Century Cardiac Surgical Society. He is listed as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor, and serves as a consultant to several medical device and valve companies in an advisory capacity. He holds several medical device patents.

Faculty Appointments
2002 - 2004   Instructor in Surgery
Brigham & Women’s Hospital/ Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts
2008 - 2012  Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Iowa/ Carver School of Medicine
Iowa City, Iowa (Research/Tenure track)
Hospital and Administrative Appointments
2000 - 2001 Manager of Primate Xenotransplantation Laboratory
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts
2008 - 2012  Attending Surgeon, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Iowa City, Iowa
07/2008-08/2012 Director, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Iowa City, Iowa
11/2008-08/2012 Surgical Director, Cardiac Valve Clinic University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Iowa City, Iowa
11/2011-08/2012 Surgical Director, TAVR Clinic, University of Iowa Hospitals
Iowa City, Iowa
2012 - present   Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Pennsylvania Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2012 - present   Active Surgeon, Pennsylvania Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2012 - present   Active Surgeon, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2012 - present   Attending Surgeon, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Other Appointments
2000 - 2002 Research Fellow in Surgery, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts
2010 - 2011 Consultant, Design of Minimally Invasive System for Transcatheter Delivery
St. Jude Corporation, St. Paul, Minnesota
2011  Consultant and Advisory Board Member for Cardiac Surgical Systems
(Minimally Invasive), Edwards Lifesciences
Irvine, California
09/01/12 - present  Instructor in Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1986 - 1990  B.A.     Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut
(Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry)
1994 - 1998   M.D./Ph.D. - Pathology
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, Massachusetts                                             
1998 - 2000  Categorical Resident in Surgery (PGY-1 & 2)
Yale New Haven Hospital
New Haven, CT
2000 - 2003 Research Fellow in Surgery and Cardiac Surgery
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts
2003 - 2006 Categorical Resident in Surgery (PGY 3-5)
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts
2005 - 2006 Chief Resident in General Surgery
Brigham & Women’
Boston, Massachusetts
2006 - 2008    Fellow in Thoracic Surgery (PGY 6-7), Cardiac Track Resident
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts
National/International Societies
1991 - present Massachusetts Medical Society, Member
1991 - 1993 American Medical Association, Member
1994 - 1995 American Federation of Clinical Research, Member
2004 - 2005 American College of Surgeons, Resident Member
2012 - present Society of Thoracic Surgeons
2012 - present  21st Century Cardiothoracic Surgical Society
Local/Regional Societies
2009-present  Iowa Medical Society, Member
07/01/90 - 06/31/91 Ion Beam Assisted Deposition (IBAD) coatings for Neural Polymerized Electrodes
07/01/01 - 06/30/03 Right Ventricular Pre-Conditioning for Cardiac Xenotransplantation
07/01/01 - 06/30/03 Role of Nitric Oxide in Xenotransplant Cardiac Rejection
04/01/10 - 03/31/11 Role of Guidelines in Undertreated Mitral Regurgitation
02/01/11 - ongoing

Magna Mitral Trial

Research Publications, Peer Reviewed
  1. Farivar RS, Crawford DC, Chobanian AV, Brecher P.  Effect of angiotension II blockade on the fibroproliferative response to phenylephrine in the rat heart. Hypertension 25(4 Pt 2):809-813, Apr. 1995.
  2. Farivar RS, Chobanian AV, Brecher P.  Salicylate or aspirin inhibits the induction of the inducible nitric oxide synthase in rat cardiac fibroblasts. Circulation Research 78(5):759-768, May 1996.
  3. Farivar RS, Brecher P. Salicylate is a transcriptional inhibitor of the inducible nitric oxide synthase in cultured cardiac fibroblasts. Journal of Biological Chemistry 271(49):31585-31592, Dec. 6, 1996.
  4. Welch GN, Upchurch GR, Farivar RS, Pigazzi A, Vu K, Brecher P, Deaney JF, Loscalzo J. Homocysteine-induced nitric oxide production in vascular smooth-muscle cells by NF-kappa B-dependent transcriptional activation of Nos2. Proceedings of the Association of American Physicians 110(1):22-31, Jan./Feb. 1998.
  5. Adams DH, Kadner A, Chen RH, Farivar RS. Human membrane cofactor protein (MCP, CD 46) protects transgenic pig hearts from hyperacute rejection in primates. Xenotransplantation 8(1):36-40, Feb. 2001.
  6. Anderson C, Filsoufi F, Farivar RS, Adams DH. Optimal management of severe tricuspid regurgitation in cardiac transplant recipients. Journal of Heart & Lung Transplantation 20(2)247, Feb. 2001.
  7. Kadner A, Chen RH, Farivar RS, Santerre D, Adams DH. Transplantation of MCP cardiac xenografts into baboon recipients. Transplantation Proceedings 33(1-2):770-772, Feb./Mar. 2001.
  8. Farivar RS, Chen RH, Adams DH.  Xenotransplantation and the endothelium. Graft: Organ & Cell Transplantation 4(5):355-364, July 1, 2001.
  9. Anderson CA, Filsoufi F, Aklog L, Farivar RS, Bryne JG, Adams DH. Liberal use of delayed sternal closure for postcardiotomy hemodynamic instability. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 73(5):1484-1488, May 2002.
  10. Farivar RS, Filsoufi F, Adams DH.  Mechanisms of Gal(alpha)1-3Gal(beta)1-4GlcNAc-R (alpha Gal) expression on porcine valve endothelial cells.  Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 125(2):306-314, Feb. 2003.
  11. Farivar RS, Cohn LH. Hypercholesterolemia is a risk factor for bioprosthetic valve calcification and explantation. Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 126(4):969-975, Oct. 2003.
  12. Farivar RS, Cohn LH, Soltesz EG, Mihaljevic T, Rawn JD, Bryne JG. Transcriptional profiling and growth kinetics of endothelium reveals differences between cells derived from porcine aorta versus aortic valve. European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 24(4):527-534, Oct. 2003.
  13. Mihaljevic T, Paul S, Bryne JG, Leacche M, Farivar RS, Soltesz EG, Rawn JD, Cohn LG. Robotic mammary takedown and off-pump bypass surgery for single-vessel disease of the left anterior descending coronary artery. American Journal of Cardiology 92(10):1222-1224, Nov. 15, 2003.
  14. Farivar RS, Gardner-Thorpe J, Ito H, Arshad H, Zinner MJ, Ashley SW, Whang EE. The efficacy of tyrosine kinase inhibitors on human pancreatic cancer cell lines. Journal of Surgical Research 115(2):219-225, Dec. 2003.
  15. Filsoufi F, Farivar RS, Aklog L, Anderson CA, Chen RH, Lichtenstein S, Zhang J, Adams DH. Automated distal coronary bypass with a novel magnetic coupler (MVP system). Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 127(1):185-192, Jan. 2004.
  16. Ito H, Duxbury M, Benoit E, Farivar RS, Gardner-Thorpe J, Zinner MJ, Ashley SW, Whang EE. Fibronectin-induced COX-2 mediates MMP-2 expression and invasiveness of rhabdomyosarcoma. Biochemistry & Biophysics Research Communications 318(2):594-600, May 28, 2004.
  17. Perez A, Duxbury M, Rocha FG, Ramsanahie AP, Farivar RS, Varnholt H, Ito H, Wong H, Rounds J, Zinner MJ, Whang EE, Ashley SW. Glucagon-like peptide 2 is an endogenous mediator of postresection intestinal adaptation. Journal of Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition 29(2):97-101, Mar./Apr. 2005.
  18. Perez A, Ito H, Farivar RS, Cohn LH, Bryne JG, Rawn JD, Aranki SF, Zinner MJ, Tilney NL, Brooks DC, Ashley SW, Banks PA, Whang EE. Risk factors and outcomes of pancreatitis after open heart surgery. American Journal of Surgery 190(3):401-405, Sept. 2005.
  19. Farivar RS, Cohn LH.  An improved hemostatic aortic anastomotic technique for nondissected aortic aneurysms. Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 137(6):1570-1571, June 2009.
  20. Waterbury T, Clark TJ, Niles S, Farivar RS. Rat model of cardiopulmonary bypass for deep hypothermic circulatory arrest. Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 141(6):1549-1551, June 2011. [Epub Mar. 12, 2011].
  21. Farivar RS, Fernandez J. Use of axillary cannulation for simultaneous endo-occlusion and antegrade perfusion during minimally invasive surgery Innovations 7(3):201-203, May 2012.
Reviews in Peer Reviewed Research Publications
  1. Farivar RS, Cohn LH.  Cerebral dysfunction following coronary bypass: Fact or fiction? [Review] American Heart Hospital Journal  2(4):223-224, 2004.
  2. Fernandez J, Sigurdsson G, Farivar RS. Cardiac surgery in patients with Fabry’s Disease: Review of literature. [Review] Journal of Cardiac Surgery 27(4):478-480, July 2012. [Epub May 14, 2012]
Research Publications, Non-Peer Reviewed
  1. Farivar RS. Dissertation: Regulation of the biosynthesis of nitric oxide in cardiac fibroblasts and its transcriptional inhibition by salicylate. Boston MA: Boston University; 1996.
  2. Farivar RS, Santerre D, Frasca J.  Giant splenic artery aneurysm in an octogenarian. Surgical Rounds 16-19, 2003.
Abstracts (Last 3 Years)
  1. Reoperative minimally invasive AVR with patent LIMA: Use of continuous retrograde cardioplegia and a 'no touch' technique. Cardiology 1115:267, 2010.
Editorials, Chapters, Case Reports & Participation in Committee Reports
  1. Chen RH, Farivar RS, Adams DH. Why complement attacks cardiomyocytes in hyperacute heart rejection. [Letter/Reply] Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 121(2):401, Feb. 2000.
  2. Filsoufi F, Farivar RS, Anderson C, Santerre D, Adams DH. Renal vein injury complicating removal of intravenous leiomyoma. [Case Report] Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 123(4):820-822, Apr. 2002.
  3. Farivar RS.  Cardiac surgical physiology.  Part I, Chap. 3 in Cohn L (ed.): Cardiac Surgery in the Adult, Third Edition. New York: McGraw Hill, 2007, 51-76.
  4. Farivar RS, Shernan SK, Cohn LH.  Late rupture of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) neochordae after mitral valve repair. [Case Report] Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 137(2):504-506, Feb. 2009.
  5. Bridge K, Farivar RS.  A case of Sjogren's syndrome leading to mitral and aortic valve replacement. [Case Report] Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 139(6):e139-140, June 2010.
  6. Fernandez J, Babadjanov D, Farivar RS.  Mitral and tricuspid valve repair 21 years after cardiac transplantation. [Case Report] Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 140(1):e3-4, July 2010.
  7. Fernandez J, Farivar RS.  Explantation of a 44-year-old Starr-Edwards mitral valve for delayed hemolysis. [Case Report] Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 140(3):e35-36, Sept. 2010.
  8. Anderson C, Hashimi S, Brown T, Farivar RS.  Primary benign interatrial schwannoma incidentally encountered during aortic valve replacement. [Case Report]  Journal of Cardiac Surgery 26(1):63-65, Jan. 2011.
  9. Farivar RS, Lowy S, Fernandez J.  Axillary cannulation for endo-occlusion and antegrade flow during complex reoperative mitral valve surgery. [Case Report  Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 142(2):462-464, Aug. 2011. [Epub Jan 26, 2011]
  10. Savage E, and Farivar RS. Cardiac surgical physiology. Part I, Chap. 3 in Cohn L (ed.): Cardiac Surgery in the Adult, Fourth Edition. New York: McGraw Hill, 2011, 43-67. 
  11. Farivar, RS.  Cardiopulmonary bypass models. [Editorial] Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 144(1):287, July 2012.
  12. Fernandez J, Hashimi S, Karam K, Torres J, and Farivar RS.  Surgical therapy in chronic coronary artery disease.  Chap. 54 in Chatterjee K, Anderson M, Heistad D, Kerber RE (ed.): Cardiology: An Illustrated Textbook.  New Delhi: Jaypee, 2012, 969-981.
Alternative Media
  1. Adams D, Filsoufi F, Farivar RS, Anderson C, Chen R, Aklog L.  Sutureless distal coronary bypass using a novel magnetic coupler.  Video.  Munich, Germany, 2001. First Place Award.
  1. Farivar RS, Sioshansi P.  Ion implantation of silicone rubber. Spire Corp., 5,223,309, Jan. 1, 1993.  
  2. Sioshansi P, Tobin EJ, Barry JE, Farivar RS.  Bactericidal coatings for implants. Spire Corp., 5,474,797, Jan. 1, 1996.
  3. Farivar RS, Mihaljevic T, Cohn LH.  Adjustable aortic insufficiency ring. Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Jan. 1, 2004 (pending).
  4. Farivar RS.  Surgical pressurization device and methods of using same.  Provisional Patent Assigned to the University of Iowa, UIRF-10070, Oct. 5, 2010.
  5. Farivar RS, Howard M.  Thin film applied to the heart to prevent atrial fibrillation during open heart surgery.  UIRF 11021, Nov. 10, 2010.
  6. Dickerhoff B, Farivar RS, Raghavan M, Kumar V. “Percutaneously Delivered Cellulose Based Aortic Heart Valve Prosthesis” UIRF-11-057, patent # 2009/0222085, University of Iowa, Feb 10, 2012.

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