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Authors > Ross M. Ungerleider, MD

Ross M. Ungerleider, MD, MBA is a cardiothoracic surgeon at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. He is a co-author of Critical Heart Disease in Infants and Children, 3rd Edition.


Dr. Ungerleider received his MD from Rush Medical College. He performed his surgical residency at Duke University and fellowship at University of California, San Francisco. He has served on faculty or staff at Duke University, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, and Brenner Children’s Hospital (Wake Forest). He is certified in congenital heart surgery and is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Ungerleider is well recognized for his work in developing safe techniques to perform complete repairs of cardiac defects in tiny infants while protecting their neurologic outcomes.


Dr. Ungerleider has been named in Top Doctors in America, America’s Top Doctors, and Cambridge Who’s Who in America. His professional interests include pulmonary autograft (Ross) procedure in infants, children, and adults; surgical and postoperative management of HLHS; surgical education in leadership, teams, communication skills, and professionalism; neonatal and infant cardiac surgery; brain protection for infants during cardiac surgery; and intraoperative echocardiography. He is recognized as a thought leader on leadership, teamwork, conflict management, and work-life balance for physicians and often presents talks at national conferences on these topics.


He is the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters, and is editor of two major textbooks on cardiac surgery.

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