James A. Quintessenza, MD

Chief, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Practice areas

  • Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Practice areas

  • Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

James A. Quintessenza, MD

Chief, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Biography

Dr. James A. Quintessenza has built a reputation as one of the leading cardiothoracic surgeons in the U.S. He served All Children’s Hospital (later named All Children’s Hospital John Hopkins) in St. Petersburg, FL, for 26 years – 19 of those years as medical director and chief of pediatric cardiac surgery.

Quintessenza has authored nearly 50 peer reviewed articles and contributed numerous book chapters to various academic publications. Additionally, he has been a mentor to junior faculty and taught advanced surgical techniques to established faculty.

He received his undergraduate degree in Medical Science and his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He also did his general surgery internship and residency there. He completed his cardiothoracic surgery residency at the University of California in San Diego.

Faculty rank

Professor of Surgery

Education

Degree
University of Florida, College of Medicine, Gainesville

Residency
University of Florida, Gainesville

Fellowship
Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine

Certifications or Special training
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Congenital Cardiac Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
National Board of Medical Examiners

Pediatric Cardiology

Kentucky Children's Hospital Congenital Heart Clinic

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Second Floor, Wing D, Room L203
740 S. Limestone
Lexington KY 40536-0284

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  1. Mortality Trends in Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery: An Analysis of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database. Jacobs JP, He X, Mayer JE Jr, Austin EH 3rd, Quintessenza JA, Karl TR, Vricella L, Mavroudis C, O'Brien SM, Pasquali SK, Hill KD, Husain SA, Overman DM, St Louis JD, Han JM, Shahian DM, Cameron D, Jacobs ML. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Oct;102(4):1345-52. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2016.01.071.
  2. Summary of the 2015 International Paediatric Heart Failure Summit of Johns Hopkins All Children's Heart Institute. Jacobs JP, Quintessenza JA, Karl TR, Asante-Korang A, Everett AD, Collins SB, Ramirez-Correa GA, Burns KM, Cohen M, Colan SD, Costello JM, Daly KP, Franklin RC, Fraser CD, Hill KD, Huhta JC, Kaushal S, Law YM, Lipshultz SE, Murphy AM, Pasquali SK, Payne MR, Rossano J, Shirali G, Ware SM, Xu M, Jacobs ML. Cardiol Young. 2015 Aug;25 Suppl 2:8-30. doi: 10.1017/S1047951115001353. Review.
  3. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database Mortality Risk Model: Part 2-Clinical Application. Jacobs JP, O'Brien SM, Pasquali SK, Gaynor JW, Mayer JE Jr, Karamlou T, Welke KF, Filardo G, Han JM, Kim S, Quintessenza JA, Pizarro C, Tchervenkov CI, Lacour-Gayet F, Mavroudis C, Backer CL, Austin EH 3rd, Fraser CD, Tweddell JS, Jonas RA, Edwards FH, Grover FL, Prager RL, Shahian DM, Jacobs ML. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Sep;100(3):1063-8; discussion 1068-70. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2015.07.011.
  4. Polytetrafluoroethylene pulmonary valve conduit implantation for chronic pulmonary insufficiency.Quintessenza JA. Cardiol Young. 2014 Dec;24(6):1101-3. doi: 10.1017/S1047951114002200.
  5. Technical performance score is associated with outcomes after the Norwood procedure. Nathan M, Sleeper LA, Ohye RG, Frommelt PC, Caldarone CA, Tweddell JS, Lu M, Pearson GD, Gaynor JW, Pizarro C, Williams IA, Colan SD, Dunbar-Masterson C, Gruber PJ, Hill K, Hirsch-Romano J, Jacobs JP, Kaltman JR, Kumar SR, Morales D, Bradley SM, Kanter K, Newburger JW; Pediatric Heart Network Investigators.. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Nov;148(5):2208-13, 2214.e1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2014.05.076.
  6. Factors associated with neurodevelopment for children with single ventricle lesions. Goldberg CS, Lu M, Sleeper LA, Mahle WT, Gaynor JW, Williams IA, Mussatto KA, Ohye RG, Graham EM, Frank DU, Jacobs JP, Krawczeski C, Lambert L, Lewis A, Pemberton VL, Sananes R, Sood E, Wechsler SB, Bellinger DC, Newburger JW; Pediatric Heart Network Investigators.. J Pediatr. 2014 Sep;165(3):490-496.e8. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2014.05.019.
  7. Reoperations for pediatric and congenital heart disease: an analysis of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) congenital heart surgery database. Jacobs JP, Mavroudis C, Quintessenza JA, Chai PJ, Pasquali SK, Hill KD, Vricella LA, Jacobs ML, Dearani JA, Cameron D. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Pediatr Card Surg Annu. 2014;17(1):2-8. doi: 10.1053/j.pcsu.2014.01.006.
  8. Management of adults with Tetralogy of Fallot. Martinez RM, Ringewald JM, Fontanet HL, Quintessenza JA, Jacobs JP. Cardiol Young. 2013 Dec;23(6):921-32. doi: 10.1017/S1047951113001741.
  9. Modern surgical management of patients with tetralogy of Fallot. Chai PJ, Jacobs JP, Quintessenza JA. Cardiol Young. 2013 Dec;23(6):905-9. doi: 10.1017/S1047951113001716.
  10. The importance of small for gestational age in the risk assessment of infants with critical congenital heart disease. Sochet AA, Ayers M, Quezada E, Braley K, Leshko J, Amankwah EK, Quintessenza JA, Jacobs JP, Dadlani G. Cardiol Young. 2013 Dec;23(6):896-904. doi: 10.1017/S1047951113001960.
  11. Impact of pre-stage II hemodynamics and pulmonary artery anatomy on 12-month outcomes in the Pediatric Heart Network Single Ventricle Reconstruction trial. Aiyagari R, Rhodes JF, Shrader P, Radtke WA, Bandisode VM, Bergersen L, Gillespie MJ, Gray RG, Guey LT, Hill KD, Hirsch R, Kim DW, Lee KJ, Pelech AN, Ringewald J, Takao C, Vincent JA, Ohye RG; Pediatric Heart Network Investigators.. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Oct;148(4):1467-74. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2013.10.057.
  12. Variation in feeding practices following the Norwood procedure. Lambert LM, Pike NA, Medoff-Cooper B, Zak V, Pemberton VL, Young-Borkowski L, Clabby ML, Nelson KN, Ohye RG, Trainor B, Uzark K, Rudd N, Bannister L, Korsin R, Cooper DS, Pizarro C, Zyblewski SC, Bartle BH, Williams RV; Pediatric Heart Network Investigators.. J Pediatr. 2014 Feb;164(2):237-42.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2013.09.042.
  13. Surgical pulmonary valve insertion--when, how, and why. Lee C, Jacobs JP, Lee CH, Kwak JG, Chai PJ, Quintessenza JA. Cardiol Young. 2012 Dec;22(6):702-7. doi: 10.1017/S1047951112001722. Review.
  14. Surgery for common arterial trunk. Chai PJ, Jacobs JP, Quintessenza JA. Cardiol Young. 2012 Dec;22(6):691-5. doi: 10.1017/S1047951112002016. Review.
  15. Heart cells with regenerative potential from pediatric patients with end stage heart failure: a translatable method to enrich and propagate. Steele A, Boucek RJ Jr, Jacobs JP, Steele P, Asante-Korang A, Chamizo W, Steele J, Chai PJ, Quintessenza JA. Stem Cells Int. 2012;2012:452102. doi: 10.1155/2012/452102.
  16. Cause, timing, and location of death in the Single Ventricle Reconstruction trial. Ohye RG, Schonbeck JV, Eghtesady P, Laussen PC, Pizarro C, Shrader P, Frank DU, Graham EM, Hill KD, Jacobs JP, Kanter KR, Kirsh JA, Lambert LM, Lewis AB, Ravishankar C, Tweddell JS, Williams IA, Pearson GD; Pediatric Heart Network Investigators.. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 Oct;144(4):907-14. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2012.04.028.
  17. Interstage mortality after the Norwood procedure: Results of the multicenter Single Ventricle Reconstruction trial. Ghanayem NS, Allen KR, Tabbutt S, Atz AM, Clabby ML, Cooper DS, Eghtesady P, Frommelt PC, Gruber PJ, Hill KD, Kaltman JR, Laussen PC, Lewis AB, Lurito KJ, Minich LL, Ohye RG, Schonbeck JV, Schwartz SM, Singh RK, Goldberg CS; Pediatric Heart Network Investigators.. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 Oct;144(4):896-906. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2012.05.020.
  18. Risk factors for hospital morbidity and mortality after the Norwood procedure: A report from the Pediatric Heart Network Single Ventricle Reconstruction trial. Tabbutt S, Ghanayem N, Ravishankar C, Sleeper LA, Cooper DS, Frank DU, Lu M, Pizarro C, Frommelt P, Goldberg CS, Graham EM, Krawczeski CD, Lai WW, Lewis A, Kirsh JA, Mahony L, Ohye RG, Simsic J, Lodge AJ, Spurrier E, Stylianou M, Laussen P; Pediatric Heart Network Investigators.. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 Oct;144(4):882-95. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2012.05.019.
  19. Variation in perioperative care across centers for infants undergoing the Norwood procedure. Pasquali SK, Ohye RG, Lu M, Kaltman J, Caldarone CA, Pizarro C, Dunbar-Masterson C, Gaynor JW, Jacobs JP, Kaza AK, Newburger J, Rhodes JF, Scheurer M, Silver E, Sleeper LA, Tabbutt S, Tweddell J, Uzark K, Wells W, Mahle WT, Pearson GD; Pediatric Heart Network Investigators.. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 Oct;144(4):915-21. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2012.05.021.
  20. Early developmental outcome in children with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and related anomalies: the single ventricle reconstruction trial. Newburger JW, Sleeper LA, Bellinger DC, Goldberg CS, Tabbutt S, Lu M, Mussatto KA, Williams IA, Gustafson KE, Mital S, Pike N, Sood E, Mahle WT, Cooper DS, Dunbar-Masterson C, Krawczeski CD, Lewis A, Menon SC, Pemberton VL, Ravishankar C, Atz TW, Ohye RG, Gaynor JW; Pediatric Heart Network Investigators.. Circulation. 2012 May 1;125(17):2081-91. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.111.064113.
  21. Intermediate-term mortality and cardiac transplantation in infants with single-ventricle lesions: risk factors and their interaction with shunt type. Tweddell JS, Sleeper LA, Ohye RG, Williams IA, Mahony L, Pizarro C, Pemberton VL, Frommelt PC, Bradley SM, Cnota JF, Hirsch J, Kirshbom PM, Li JS, Pike N, Puchalski M, Ravishankar C, Jacobs JP, Laussen PC, McCrindle BW; Pediatric Heart Network Investigators.. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 Jul;144(1):152-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2012.01.016.
  22. Intermediate-term outcomes after paediatric cardiac extracorporeal membrane oxygenation--what is known (and unknown). Costello JM, Cooper DS, Jacobs JP, Chai PJ, Kirsch R, Rosenthal T, Dalton HJ, Graziano JN, Quintessenza JA. Cardiol Young. 2011 Dec;21 Suppl 2:118-23. doi: 10.1017/S1047951111001697. Review.
  23. Extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation for post-operative cardiac arrest: indications, techniques, controversies, and early results--what is known (and unknown). Chai PJ, Jacobs JP, Dalton HJ, Costello JM, Cooper DS, Kirsch R, Rosenthal T, Graziano JN, Quintessenza JA. Cardiol Young. 2011 Dec;21 Suppl 2:109-17. doi: 10.1017/S1047951111001685. Review.
  24. Heterotaxy: lessons learned about patterns of practice and outcomes from the congenital heart surgery database of the society of thoracic surgeons. Jacobs JP, Pasquali SK, Morales DL, Jacobs ML, Mavroudis C, Chai PJ, Tchervenkov CI, Lacour-Gayet FG, Walters H 3rd, Quintessenza JA. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2011 Apr;2(2):278-86. doi: 10.1177/2150135110397670.
  25. Lessons learned from 119 consecutive cardiac transplants for pediatric and congenital heart disease. Jacobs JP, Asante-Korang A, O'Brien SM, Chai PJ, Dadlani GH, Rodriguez-Fazzi GL, Vu D, McCormack J, McKenna DE, Boucek RJ Jr, Cooper DS, Saltiel A, Carapellucci J, van Gelder HM, Daicoff GR, Quintessenza JA. Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 Apr;91(4):1248-54; discussion 1254-5. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2010.10.083. Erratum in: Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 Jun;91(6):2028.
  26. Transposition of the great arteries: lessons learned about patterns of practice and outcomes from the congenital heart surgery database of the society of thoracic surgeons. Jacobs JP, Jacobs ML, Mavroudis C, Chai PJ, Tchervenkov CI, Lacour-Gayet FG, Walters H 3rd, Quintessenza JA. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2011 Jan;2(1):19-31. doi: 10.1177/2150135110381392.
  27. Prenatal diagnosis and risk factors for preoperative death in neonates with single right ventricle and systemic outflow obstruction: screening data from the Pediatric Heart Network Single Ventricle Reconstruction Trial(∗). Atz AM, Travison TG, Williams IA, Pearson GD, Laussen PC, Mahle WT, Cook AL, Kirsh JA, Sklansky M, Khaikin S, Goldberg C, Frommelt M, Krawczeski C, Puchalski MD, Jacobs JP, Baffa JM, Rychik J, Ohye RG; Pediatric Heart Network Investigators.. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2010 Dec;140(6):1245-50. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2010.05.022.
  28. Atrioventricular septal defects: lessons learned about patterns of practice and outcomes from the congenital heart surgery database of the society of thoracic surgeons. Jacobs JP, Jacobs ML, Mavroudis C, Chai PJ, Tchervenkov CI, Lacour-Gayet FG, Walters H 3rd, Quintessenza JA. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2010 Apr;1(1):68-77. doi: 10.1177/2150135110361504.
  29. Polytetrafluoroethylene bicuspid pulmonary valve implantation: experience with 126 patients.Quintessenza JA, Jacobs JP, Chai PJ, Morell VO, Lindberg H. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2010 Apr;1(1):20-7. doi: 10.1177/2150135110361509.
  30. Congenital heart surgery databases around the world: do we need a global database? Jacobs JP, Maruszewski B, Kurosawa H, Jacobs ML, Mavroudis C, Lacour-Gayet FG, Tchervenkov CI, Walters H 3rd, Stellin G, Ebels T, Tsang VT, Elliott MJ, Murakami A, Sano S, Mayer JE Jr, Edwards FH, Quintessenza JA. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Pediatr Card Surg Annu. 2010;13(1):3-19. doi: 10.1053/j.pcsu.2010.02.003.
  31. Analysis of regional congenital cardiac surgical outcomes in Florida using the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database. Jacobs JP, Quintessenza JA, Burke RP, Bleiweis MS, Byrne BJ, Ceithaml EL, Decampli WM, Giroud JM, Perryman RA, Rosenkranz ER, Wolff G, Posner V, Steverson S, Blanchard WB, Schiebler GL. Cardiol Young. 2009 Aug;19(4):360-9. doi: 10.1017/S1047951109990151.
  32. Management of 239 patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and related malformations from 1993 to 2007. Jacobs JP, O'Brien SM, Chai PJ, Morell VO, Lindberg HL, Quintessenza JA. Ann Thorac Surg. 2008 May;85(5):1691-6; discussion 1697. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2008.01.057.
  33. Mentorship, learning curves, and balance. Cohen MS, Jacobs JP, Quintessenza JA, Chai PJ, Lindberg HL, Dickey J, Ungerleider RM. Cardiol Young. 2007 Sep;17 Suppl 2:164-74. doi: 10.1017/S1047951107001266. Review.
  34. Successful reconstruction of traumatic carinal tissue loss using the esophagus in an infant. Stubberud ES, Jacobs JP, Harmel RP Jr, Andrews T, Chai PJ, Lindberg HL, Quintessenza JA. Ann Thorac Surg. 2007 Sep;84(3):1031-3.
  35. Rescue cardiac transplantation for failing staged palliation in patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Jacobs JP, Quintessenza JA, Chai PJ, Lindberg HL, Asante-Korang A, McCormack J, Dadlani G, Boucek RJ. Cardiol Young. 2006 Dec;16(6):556-62.
  36. Creating a database with cardioscopy and intra-operative imaging. Jacobs JP, Elliott MJ, Anderson RH, Quintessenza JA, Chai PJ, Morell VO, Botero LM, van Gelder LH, Badhwar V, Kanani M, Cohen GA, Burke RP. Cardiol Young. 2005 Feb;15 Suppl 1:184-9. Review. No abstract available.
  37. Surgical management of transposition with ventricular septal defect and obstruction to the left ventricular outflow tract. Morell VO, Jacobs JP, Quintessenza JA. Cardiol Young. 2005 Feb;15 Suppl 1:102-5. Review. No abstract available.
  38. Late replacement of the pulmonary valve: when and what type of valve?Quintessenza JA, Jacobs JP, Chai PJ, Morell VO, Giroud JM, Boucek RJ. Cardiol Young. 2005 Feb;15 Suppl 1:58-63. Review. No abstract available.
  39. Aortic translocation in the management of transposition of the great arteries with ventricular septal defect and pulmonary stenosis: results and follow-up. Morell VO, Jacobs JP, Quintessenza JA. Ann Thorac Surg. 2005 Jun;79(6):2089-92; discussion 2092-3.
  40. Initial experience with a bicuspid polytetrafluoroethylene pulmonary valve in 41 children and adults: a new option for right ventricular outflow tract reconstruction.Quintessenza JA, Jacobs JP, Morell VO, Giroud JM, Boucek RJ. Ann Thorac Surg. 2005 Mar;79(3):924-31.
  41. Pediatric cardiac transplantation in children with high panel reactive antibody. Jacobs JP, Quintessenza JA, Boucek RJ, Morell VO, Botero LM, Badhwar V, van Gelder HM, Asante-Korang A, McCormack J, Daicoff GR. Ann Thorac Surg. 2004 Nov;78(5):1703-9. Review.
  42. The role of aortic translocation in the management of complex transposition of the great arteries. Morell VO, Jacobs JP, Quintessenza JA. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Pediatr Card Surg Annu. 2004;7:80-4. Review.
  43. Achieving a balance in the current approach to the surgical treatment of hypoplastic left heart syndrome.Quintessenza JA, Morell VO, Jacobs JP. Cardiol Young. 2004 Feb;14 Suppl 1:127-30. Review.
  44. Biventricular repair in the management of hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Morell VO, Quintessenza JA, Jacobs JP. Cardiol Young. 2004 Feb;14 Suppl 1:101-4. No abstract available.
  45. The modern approach to patent ductus arteriosus treatment: complementary roles of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery and interventional cardiology coil occlusion. Jacobs JP, Giroud JM, Quintessenza JA, Morell VO, Botero LM, van Gelder HM, Badhwar V, Burke RP. Ann Thorac Surg. 2003 Nov;76(5):1421-7; discussion 1427-8.
  46. Right postpneumonectomy syndrome and severe pectus excavatum in a child: surgical management. Morell VO, Jacobs JP, Quintessenza JA. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2002 Jul;124(1):203-4. No abstract available.
  47. Minimally invasive endoscopic repair of pectus excavatum. Jacobs JP, Quintessenza JA, Morell VO, Botero LM, van Gelder HM, Tchervenkov CI. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2002 May;21(5):869-73.
  48. The role of airway stents in the management of pediatric tracheal, carinal, and bronchial disease. Jacobs JP, Quintessenza JA, Botero LM, van Gelder HM, Giroud JM, Elliott MJ, Herberhold C. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2000 Nov;18(5):505-12.
  49. Congenital Heart Surgery Nomenclature and Database Project: aortopulmonary window. Jacobs JP, Quintessenza JA, Gaynor JW, Burke RP, Mavroudis C. Ann Thorac Surg. 2000 Apr;69(4 Suppl):S44-9. Review.
  50. Congenital Heart Surgery Nomenclature and Database Project: atrioventricular canal defect. Jacobs JP, Burke RP, Quintessenza JA, Mavroudis C. Ann Thorac Surg. 2000 Apr;69(4 Suppl):S36-43. Review.
  51. Congenital Heart Surgery Nomenclature and Database Project: ventricular septal defect. Jacobs JP, Burke RP, Quintessenza JA, Mavroudis C. Ann Thorac Surg. 2000 Apr;69(4 Suppl):S25-35. Review.
  52. Congenital Heart Surgery Nomenclature and Database Project: atrial septal defect. Jacobs JP, Quintessenza JA, Burke RP, Mavroudis C. Ann Thorac Surg. 2000 Apr;69(4 Suppl):S18-24. Review.
  53. Tracheal allograft reconstruction: the total North American and worldwide pediatric experiences. Jacobs JP, Quintessenza JA, Andrews T, Burke RP, Spektor Z, Delius RE, Smith RJ, Elliott MJ, Herberhold C. Ann Thorac Surg. 1999 Sep;68(3):1043-51; discussion 1052.
  54. Allograft replacement of the aortic valve versus the miniroot and valve. Daicoff GR, Botero LM, Quintessenza JA. Ann Thorac Surg. 1993 Apr;55(4):855-8; discussion 859.
  55. Intra-arterial streptokinase in the treatment of acute arterial thrombosis. Seeger JM, Flynn TC, Quintessenza JA. Surg Gynecol Obstet. 1987 Apr;164(4):303-7.