Mani Daneshmand, MD, has been appointed director of the Emory Heart & Lung Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support programs, effective June 3, 2019. He will also serve as director of the Emory ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) Program.
Daneshmand is currently an assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Duke University in Durham, NC, where he serves as surgical director of lung and heart-lung transplantation and surgical director of the Extracorporeal Life Support Program at Duke University Medical Center. He also is the program director of the Advanced Cardiac and Thoracic Organ Transplant Surgery Fellowship at Duke.
His research interests focus on the causes of and treatments for advanced heart and lung failure to identify new therapies for these diseases. These include new medications; therapies such as ECMO — a device similar to the heart-lung bypass machine, which provide advanced life support to patients with lung and/or heart complications; mechanical pumps — such as ventricular assist devices that can stand alone or act as a bridge to heart transplant; and organ transplantation for patients suffering from end-stage organ failure.
“While at Duke, Dr. Daneshmand has helped develop its program into one of the leading thoracic transplant and mechanical circulatory support programs in the U.S. Our goal is for Emory to be one of the top five heart and lung transplant and mechanical circulatory support programs in the country,” says Michael E. Halkos, MD, MSc, chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and professor of surgery in the Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine.
With Daneshmand’s arrival, Emory’s heart and lung transplant, mechanical circulatory and ECMO programs will consolidate services into one comprehensive program, improving care coordination for patients and their families. A more distinctive research component will also be added and developed to be more in line with the nationally-recognized abdominal transplant programs of the Emory Transplant Center.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from Union College in Schenectady, New York, Daneshmand received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. While at Union College and Albany Medical College, he took part in a seven-year honors medical education program, which allowed him to complete his undergraduate degree a year early and begin medical school. He then completed his surgical residency, cardiothoracic surgery fellowship and cardiothoracic surgery research fellowship at Duke University Medical Center.