3020 Children's Way
MC 5078
San Diego, CA 92123


Cardiothoracic Surgery


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Medical School

University of Illinois School of Medicine-Chicago


LAC - USC Medical Center


LAC - USC Medical Center


Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Board Certifications

Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Congenital Surgery Subspecialty




Dr. John J. Nigro, a cardiothoracic and heart transplant surgeon, is chief of cardiac surgery, director of cardiac transplantation and the mechanical assist program and director of Rady Children's Heart Institute. He is also a clinical professor of surgery at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Previously, he worked at Phoenix Children's Hospital Heart Center, where he held similar roles. Dr. Nigro has considerable experience and an interest in complex neonatal heart surgery and pediatric heart transplantation.

Dr. Nigro received his medical degree from the University of Illinois School of Medicine at Chicago. He completed his internship and surgery residency at LAC + USC Medical Center, a cardiothoracic surgery residency at LAC + USC Medical Center and a pediatric cardiothoracic surgery and transplantation fellowship at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

A frequently invited lecturer, Dr. Nigro is widely published. His professional society memberships include the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Western Thoracic Surgical Association and International Society of Heart and Lung Transplant.


An Anterior Anastomosis for the Modified Fontan Connection: A Hemodynamic Analysis.
Wei ZA, Ratnayaka K, Si B, Singh-Gryzbon S, Cetatoiu MA, Fogel MA, Slesnick T, Yoganathan AP, Nigro JJ

Purpose-built transcatheter cavopulmonary anastomosis device requirements: Multi-modality imaging evaluation.
El-Sabrout HR, Ryan JR, Hegde SR, El-Said HG, Nigro JJ, Moore JW, Ratnayaka K

Aortic Root Thrombosis on ECMO-A Novel Management Strategy.
Aljohani OA, Singh RK, Nageotte SJ, Do T, Ratnayaka K, Nigro JJ, Werho DK

Commentary: A pediatric perspective on the Ozaki procedure.
Karamlou T, Pettersson G, Nigro JJ

Pulmonary Artery Banding for Children With Dilated Cardiomyopathy: US Experience.
Spigel ZA, Razzouk A, Nigro JJ, Karamlou TB, Kavarana MN, Roeser ME, Adachi I

Significance of Aortopulmonary Collaterals in a Single-Ventricle Patient Supported With a HeartMate 3.
Smith M, El-Said H, Pretorius V, Mendenhall M, Thomas T, Reeves RR, Silva Enciso J, Alshawabkeh L, Nigro J, Adler ED, Urey MA

Single-ventricle reconstruction 2.0: A closer look at our understanding of care for infants undergoing the Norwood procedure.
Karamlou T, Meza JM, Najm HK, Nigro JJ, Hill KD

Hepatic Vein Incorporation Into the Azygos System in Heterotaxy and Interrupted Inferior Vena Cava.
Montesa C, Karamlou T, Ratnayaka K, Pophal SG, Ryan J, Nigro JJ

Dead space fractions in neonates following first-stage palliation for hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
Anton-Martin P, Joshi R, Rao M, Pandurangi S, Wellnitz C, Kang P, Nigro JJ, Velez D, Willis BC

3D printing for congenital heart disease: a single site's initial three-yearexperience.
Ryan J, Plasencia J, Richardson R, Velez D, Nigro JJ, Pophal S, Frakes D

Alternative methods for virtual heart transplant-Size matching for pediatric heart transplantation with and without donor medical images available.
Plasencia JD, Kamarianakis Y, Ryan JR, Karamlou T, Park SS, Nigro JJ, Frakes DH, Pophal SG, Lagerstrom CF, Velez DA, Zangwill SD

Pulmonary Dead Space Fraction and Extubation Success in Children After Cardiac Surgery.
Devor RL, Kang P, Wellnitz C, Nigro JJ, Velez DA, Willis BC

Invited Commentary.
Karamlou T, Velez D, Nigro JJ

Encrypted prediction: A hacker's perspective.
Karamlou T, Velez DA, Nigro JJ

An apology or absolution for cerebral near-infrared spectroscopy: Can we get on the same wavelength?
Rao R, Nigro JJ, Karamlou T

Integration of Hybrid and Single Ventricle Rehabilitation Techniques to Treat a Neonate After Iatrogenic Mitral Injury.
Ashfaq A, Seckeler M, Pophal S, Rhee E, Ryan J, Rao R, Klewer S, Nigro JJ

A novel approach to neonatal management of tetralogy of Fallot, with pulmonary atresia, and multiple aortopulmonary collaterals.
Ryan JR, Moe TG, Richardson R, Frakes DH, Nigro JJ, Pophal S

Retrograde cardioplegia for myocardial protection during arterial switch operation.
Nigro JJ, Velez DA

The role of extracorporeal life support in acute myocarditis: a bridge to recovery?
Sanders DB, Sowell SR, Willis B, Lane J, Pierce C, Pophal S, Arabia FA, Nigro JJ

Atrial septal hematoma after mitral valve and left coronary artery surgery in a child.
Naidu DP, Nigro J, Alboliras ET

Neonatal surgical reconstruction and peri-operative care for hypoplastic left heart syndrome: current strategies.
Fuller S, Ghanayem N, Chai P, Nigro J, Kleisli T, Tabbutt S

Prolonged use of dexmedetomidine in the paediatric cardiothoracic intensive care unit.
Bejian S, Valasek C, Nigro JJ, Cleveland DC, Willis BC

Therapeutic options in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: a pediatric perspective.
Rhee EK, Nigro JJ, Pophal SG

Modified superior repair for supracardiac total anomalous pulmonary venous connection in the adult.
Nigro JJ, Choi S, Graziano J, Gandy KL, Guerrero-Tiro LM, Cleveland DC

Proximal conduit obstruction after Sano modified Norwood procedure.
Nigro JJ, Bart RD, Derby CD, Sklansky MS, Starnes VA

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