• Dr. Dabal is an Associate Professor of surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Chief of the Section of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery. He holds the A.D. Pacifico, M.D., Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery.

    Dr. Dabal is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, Jefferson County Medical Society and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2023 Norwood Operation: Immediate vs Delayed Sternal ClosureAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  115:649-654. 2023
    2023 A Multidisciplinary Surgical Approach to Mediastinal Masses in ChildrenWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery2023
    2023 Association Between Venous Homografts and Allosensitization After Norwood ProcedureWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.  14:25-30. 2023
    2023 Health-Related Quality of Life After Single Ventricle Palliation or Tetralogy of Fallot RepairPediatric Cardiology.  44:95-101. 2023
    2023 Report of the 2022 Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Practice SurveyAnnals of Thoracic Surgery2023
    2022 Program characteristics of cardiothoracic surgery departments versus divisionsJournal of Cardiothoracic Surgery.  17. 2022
    2022 The Genetically Engineered Heart as a Bridge to Allotransplantation in Infants Just Around the Corner?Annals of Thoracic Surgery.  114:536-544. 2022
    2022 General surgical procedures in survivors of complex congenital heart disease: A potential Pandora's box? 2022
    2022 The World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery: 2021 Update of the World Database for Pediatric and Congenital Heart SurgeryWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.  13:137-145. 2022
    2022 Antenatal Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Disease in the State of Alabama: Challenges and Opportunities 2022
    2022 Cardiac and Pulmonary Histopathology in Baboons Following Genetically-Engineered Pig Orthotopic Heart Transplantation 2022
    2022 Outcomes in Pediatric Post-Cardiotomy ECMO Support With Modification of Systematic Support StrategyWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.  13:46-52. 2022
    2021 Early Versus Late Sternal Closure in Infants—Perioperative Associations and OutcomesWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.  12:589-596. 2021
    2021 Gender Differences in Cardiothoracic Surgery Interest Among General Surgery ApplicantsAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  112:961-967. 2021
    2021 Late Heart Transplantation in Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome With Intact Atrial SeptumAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  112:e135-e137. 2021
    2021 Tachyarrhythmia as a possible symptom of coronavirus in a neonate diagnosed with transposition of the great arteriesJournal of Cardiac Surgery.  36:2578-2581. 2021
    2021 Examining racial and socioeconomic disparity in the pediatric heart transplant evaluationPediatric Transplantation.  25. 2021
    2021 Attitudes toward xenotransplantation: A survey of parents and pediatric cardiac providersPediatric Transplantation.  25. 2021
    2021 Racial differences in attitudes to clinical pig organ XenotransplantationXenotransplantation.  28. 2021
    2021 Evaluating the Highest- and Lowest-cited Research Articles in the Cardiothoracic Surgery LiteratureJournal of Surgical Research.  258:224-230. 2021
    2020 Attitudes to Cardiac Xenotransplantation by Pediatric Heart Surgeons and PhysiciansWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.  11:426-430. 2020
    2020 Anti-Pig Antibody in Infants: Can a Genetically Engineered Pig Heart Bridge to Allotransplantation?Annals of Thoracic Surgery.  109:1268-1273. 2020
    2020 Repair of Rare Vascular Ring: Circumflex Aortic Arch with Associated Hypoplasia and CoarctationWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.  11:235-237. 2020
    2020 Surgical Management of Heterotaxy Syndrome: Current Challenges and OpportunitiesWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.  11:166-176. 2020
    2020 Evaluation of Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency and Fellowship Program WebsitesJournal of Surgical Research.  246:200-206. 2020
    2020 A large ventricular fibroma requiring surgical resection in a symptomatic 3-month-old infantCardiology in the Young.  30:129-130. 2020
    2019 Congenitally Corrected Transposition Presenting in the First Year of Life: Survival and Fate of the Systemic Right VentricleWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.  10:42-49. 2019
    2018 Invited CommentaryAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  106:1219. 2018
    2018 Aortitis with an Aneurysm at Initial Presentation of Crohn DiseaseJournal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.  67:e12-e13. 2018
    2018 Truncus Arteriosus and the Branch Pulmonary Arteries: Joined at the Hip for Life?Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  30:205-206. 2018
    2017 Challenges of Cardiac Transplantation Following the Fontan ProcedureWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.  8:480-486. 2017
    2017 Practice trends over time in the care of infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome: A report from the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement CollaborativeCongenital Heart Disease.  12:315-321. 2017
    2016 Late Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction Following the Rastelli Operation: Expectations Out to 20 YearsWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.  7:605-610. 2016
    2015 Health-Related Quality of Life in Adult Survivors After the Fontan OperationSeminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  27:299-306. 2015
    2015 Postoperative hydrocortisone infusion reduces the prevalence of low cardiac output syndrome after neonatal cardiopulmonary bypassPediatric Critical Care Medicine.  16:629-636. 2015
    2015 Repair of Early Posttransplant Endomyocardial Biopsy-Related Tricuspid Regurgitation in a ChildWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.  6:295-297. 2015
    2015 Shone variant with large eustachian valve: Implication for repair and heart transplantationCardiovascular Pathology.  24:124-127. 2015
    2015 Preoperative trophic feeds in neonates with hypoplastic left heart syndromeCongenital Heart Disease.  10:36-42. 2015
    2014 The modern Fontan operation shows no increase in mortality out to 20 years: A new paradigmJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  148:2517-2524.e1. 2014
    2014 Central Venous Lines Are a Risk Factor for Chylothorax in Infants After Cardiac SurgeryWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.  5:522-526. 2014
    2014 Hypogammaglobulinemia after cardiopulmonary bypass in infantsJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  147. 2014
    2014 Mechanical circulatory support: Strategies and outcomes in pediatric congenital heart diseaseSeminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery: Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Annual.  17:62-68. 2014
    2014 Prophylactic Peritoneal Dialysis Following Cardiopulmonary Bypass in Children Is Associated with Decreased Inflammation and Improved Clinical OutcomesCongenital Heart Disease.  9:106-115. 2014
    2013 Inferior vena cava oxygen saturation monitoring after the Norwood procedureAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  95:2114-2121. 2013
    2012 Ultrasound-guided femoral vein catheterization in neonates with cardiac diseasePediatric Critical Care Medicine.  13:654-659. 2012
    2012 Early initiation of arginine vasopressin infusion in neonates after complex cardiac surgeryPediatric Critical Care Medicine.  13:300-304. 2012
    2012 Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Support for Functional Single VentricleWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.  3:183-193. 2012
    2012 Pathologic features of dilated cardiomyopathy with localized noncompaction in a child with deletion 1p36 syndromeCongenital Heart Disease.  7:59-61. 2012
    2012 Postoperative Serum Cortisol Concentration and Adrenal Insufficiency in Neonates Undergoing Open-Heart SurgeryWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.  3:214-220. 2012
    2011 Massive systemic air embolism during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support of a neonate with acute respiratory distress syndrome after cardiac surgery 2011
    2011 Surgical therapies for advanced heart failure in pediatric patients with cardiomyopathyProgress in Pediatric Cardiology.  31:3-6. 2011
    2010 Surfactant treatment for congenital heart disease patients with acute respiratory distress syndromeCongenital Heart Disease.  5:624-628. 2010
    2003 The effect of left internal mammary artery utilization on short-term outcomes after coronary revascularizationAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  76:464-470. 2003
    2002 Molecular mechanisms of neurologic injury following cardiopulmonary bypassSeminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia.  6:43-53. 2002


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    2011 Primary seminomas of the mediastinum.  6379-6393. 2011

    Research Overview

  • quality improvement and clinical outcomes research including improving surgical care to decrease morbidity following neonatal cardiac surgery
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    Education And Training

  • New York Presbyterian, Residency
  • University of Washington Medical Center, Residency
  • Children's Hospital Boston, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Denver Children's Hospital, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Doctor of Medicine, Duke University 1995
  • Full Name

  • Robert Dabal