Syed Murfad Peer, M.D., is a pediatric heart surgeon at the Children’s National Health System. After completing his congenital heart surgery fellowship at Children’s National Heart Institute, Dr. Peer was recruited as junior faculty at the University of Michigan (Mott Children’s Hospital and Frankel Cardiovascular Center). At Michigan, Dr. Peer further specialized in heart transplantation and advanced surgical therapy of heart failure (ECMO and ventricular assist devices). He has the unique distinction of being one of the few pediatric heart surgeons in the country with advanced training in heart transplantation and ventricular assist device therapy. Before coming back to Children’s National, Dr. Peer was faculty at the University of Minnesota, Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.
Dr. Peer has published extensively in the field of congenital heart surgery and has made several presentations at national and international meetings. Dr. Peer is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery. He is a peer reviewer for several international journals including the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery and Asian Cardiovascular and Thoracic Annals. He has a research interest in pediatric mechanical circulatory support, especially mechanical support of single ventricle circulation. Dr. Peer is currently working on a mechanical circulatory support strategy for the failing Fontan circulation.
Dr. Peer believes that operating on a child’s heart is a privilege and a great responsibility. He is passionate about his work and considers it an honor to be able to participate in care of patients with congenital heart disease.