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Dennis M. Mello, MD named Director of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center

10/07/2014

October 7, 2014 (BOSTON) – Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children announced today that nationally recognized pediatric cardiac surgeon Dennis M. Mello, MD has been named Director of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery. Dr. Mello will work closely with Kenneth Warner, MD, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Tufts Medical Center, to lead a revitalized pediatric cardiac surgery program at Floating Hospital, designed to provide the highest quality care to patients with congenital heart disease.

Dr. Mello brings specialized expertise and experience in several key areas, including managing postoperative hypertension following repair of aortic coarctation, intraoperative radiofrequency ablation for treatment of supraventricular tachycardia, and congenital heart surgery in low birth weight neonates.

“Dr. Mello’s appointment represents a significant step towards fulfilling our commitment to developing a robust program in Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease,” said Rashed Durgham, MD, Interim Chief Administrative Officer and Pediatrician-in-Chief of Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. “With Dr. Mello’s addition to our team, we now have the ability to manage the entire spectrum of congenital heart disease, from neonates to adults, including caring for patients with the most complex conditions.”

Dr. Mello previously served as Chief of Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in Jefferson, Louisiana. A native New Englander, he also has prior experience working at five Connecticut hospitals.

“I am thrilled to help expand the congenital heart program at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, so we can provide the most cutting edge services to infants and children,” said Dr. Mello. “It’s an honor to join a highly-skilled cardiac surgery team that is passionate about delivering the very best care to our patients.”

Dr. Mello earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut. He completed his postgraduate training in Cardiothoracic Surgery and Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco.

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About Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children

Tufts Medical Center is an exceptional, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is affiliated with the New England Quality Care Alliance, a network of more than 1,800 physicians throughout Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org.

Contact:

Jeremy Lechan, Tufts Medical Center
(617) 636-0104 jlechan@tuftsmedicalcenter.org