Meet the Multidisciplinary Cardiogenic Shock Team

Duc Thinh Pham, MD, is a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon at The Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine. He serves as Surgical Director for The Center of Advanced Heart Failure at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and as Associate Professor at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Pham graduated and completed his general residency at the University of North Carolina School Of Medicine. He completed his Cardiothoracic Surgery residency at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and did an Advanced Fellowship in Heart Failure and Valvular Surgery in the Cardiovascular Surgery Program.

Dr. Pham’s clinical specialties include all aspects of adult cardiac surgery, including coronary bypass surgery, complex mitral/aortic/tricuspid valvular repair/replacement, trans-catheter aortic valve replacement, aortic surgery, ventricular reconstruction, heart transplantation and ventricular assist device implantations. He has performed over 2,000 heart operations. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 publications and presented at national and international conferences. Dr. Pham is a member of both the Society of Thoracic Surgery and the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Esther Vorovich MD MSCE is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the section of Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She joined the faculty after completing her training at the University of Pennsylvania where she completed her medical school, internal medicine and cardiology training. She has published several manuscripts in the fields of biomarkers and risk stratification in heart failure as well the utility of non-invasive echocardiographic measures in advanced heart failure and transplant patients. Recently, she served as a co-author on the first national guidelines detailing competencies and goals for trainees in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. Dr. Vorovich’s current research interests are focused on cardiogenic shock and the use of new state of the art technology to improve morbidity and decrease mortality in this vulnerable population.

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Arif Jivan, MD, PhD is a third year Cardiology Fellow at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He has an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University, a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from UT Southwestern Medical Center and an MD from Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He also completed his Internal Medicine training at Northwestern and is currently in the Physician-Scientist Training Program as well as the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship program. Next year, he will begin his Interventional Cardiology fellowship at Northwestern. His research background is diverse, encompassing basic and translational science as well as clinical outcomes research in interventional cardiology, cardiac imaging and heart failure. Specifically, his clinical and research interests lie in understanding and improving outcomes in critically ill patients, particularly those with cardiogenic shock, through utilizing state of the art techniques and devices to improve morbidity and mortality in this population.