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David L. Wessel, MD


Board CertificationsAmerican Board of Anesthesiology
American Board of Pediatrics
American Board of Pediatrics/Pediatric Cardiology
American Board of Pediatrics/Critical Care
National Provider Identifier1609841311

David Wessel, MD, is internationally known for his pioneering work in caring for infants with heart disease. Dr. Wessel is Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Hospital and Specialty Services, and The Ikaria Distinguished Professor of Critical Care Medicine. He is also Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and of Pediatrics at George Washington University. An experienced scientist and clinical researcher, Dr. Wessel helped design and execute seminal studies in cardiac critical care, develop new therapies for perioperative care of the newborn with congenital heart disease and novel treatments for pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Wessel continues his work in designing and executing large multi-national and multi-center randomized trials in children. He is a principal investigator and member of the steering committee for the Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. In 2012, Dr. Wessel received the prestigious Meritorious Achievement Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Cardiovascular Disease of the Young. The award is a national career achievement award recognizing an individual who has made a significant impact in the field of pediatric cardiovascular disease. Dr. Wessel previously was a professor of pediatrics (anesthesia) at the Harvard Medical School. He was chief of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Boston Children’s for many years and previously served as president of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society.
TypeSchoolLocationDegreeField of StudyYears
Medical School Yale University School of Medicine New Haven, CTDoctor of Medicine 1974 -1978
National & International Recognitions
Meritorious Achievement AwardAmerican Heart Association2012
Washington Post Magazine Super Doctors2011
Outstanding Research Award in Pediatric Cardiology American Heart Association 2010
Leadership & Mentor AwardPediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society 2004
Best Doctors in America

Affiliations and Memberships
TitleInstitutionCommittee / SectionYears
MemberMassachusetts Medical Society1982 - 2007
MemberAmerican Academy of Pediatrics1986
MemberSociety of Critical Care Medicine1987
MemberAmerican Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists1987
MemberSociety of Pediatric Anesthesia1987
FellowAmerican Heart Association 1989
MemberSociety of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists1991
MemberSociety of Pediatric Research1995
President, 2000-2004Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society 1999
MemberNational Hispanic Medical Association2012
MemberAmerican Society of Anesthesiologists1982
Journal Article, Olivieri, L. et al (2011), Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome with Intact Atrial Septum: Sequelae of Left Atrial Hypertension in Utero, JACC, J Am Coll Cardiol.

Journal Article, Rotta AT, Laussen PC, Wessel DL. (2011), Critical Care for Congenital Cardiac Disease, Furhman BP, Zimmerman JJ, ed. Pediatric Intensive Care. Elsevier Science.

Book Chapter, Fraisse A, Wessel DL. (2008), Nichols David G ed. The Rogers Textbook of Pediatric Intensive Care, 4th Edition, In Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Postoperative Care of the Pediatric Cardiac Surgical Patient: General Considerations , 1159-1179, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Book Chapter, Wessel DL, Mullen MP (2008), Pulmonary vasodilators, In Wessel DL, Mullen MP, Munoz R, Schmitt C, Roth S, Da Cruz E, eds. Handbook of Pediatric Cardiovascular Drugs. , Springer London.

Journal Article, Wessel DL (2006), Treatment of postoperative pulmonary hypertension., Beghetti M, eds. Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Associated with Congenital Heart Disease..

Journal Article, Wessel DL (2004), Pharmacologic management of low cardiac output syndrome after congenital heart surgery. Society of Critical Care Medicine,, Shanley TB, ed. Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care , 59-72.

Journal Article, Laussen PC, Wessel DL. . (2001), Gregory GA, ed, Pediatric Anesthesia 4th ed.

Journal Article, Wessel DL, Almodovar MC, Laussen, PC (2001), Duncan BW, ed. Mechanical Support for Cardiac Respiratory Failure in Pediatric Patients., Intensive care management of cardiac patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. , 75-111.

Journal Article, Belko J, Wessel DL, Malley R. (2000), Endocarditis due to Corynebacterium Diphtheriae: A case report and review of the literature, Pediatr Infect Dis J , 19, 159-163.

Journal Article, Belko J, Wessel DL, Malley R. (2000), Endocarditis due to Corynebacterium Diphtheriae: A case report and review of the literature, Pediatr Infect Dis J , 19, 159-163.

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