Syed Murfad Peer, M.D. is a congenital cardiac surgeon with special interest in heart transplantation and pediatric mechanical circulatory support. He has extensive clinical experience in congenital heart surgery, heart transplantation and ventricular assist device therapy. Dr. Peer has published and presented several outcome research studies in congenital cardiac surgery and pediatric mechanical circulatory support. He has been involved in multiple large animal model ventricle assist device research studies. He was the principal investigator on a University of Michigan funded research grant investigating mechanical circulatory support options for a failing Fontan circulation in a porcine single ventricle animal model. His group was the first to describe "Mechanical Assisted Single Ventricle Circulation" as a strategy to support a failing single ventricle circulation in an animal model. Dr. Peer's research background, clinical training and experience give him a unique perspective on the challenges involved in developing and implementing pediatric mechanical circulatory support strategies especially in patients with single ventricle circulation. His long-term research goal is to design, develop and implement new mechanical circulatory support strategies for treating pediatric patients with heart failure.