Ezequiel J. Molina, MD, is the Surgical Director of the LVAD and Heart Transplant Program, and the Surgical Director of the ECMO Program at the MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute. He is also an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Georgetown University. Dr Molina is a national and international leader in the field of mechanical circulatory support for the treatment of end stage heart failure. He is a member of the STS-INTERMACS Task Force, a North American registry for the clinical outcomes of advanced heart failure patients who receive an FDA-approved mechanical circulatory support device. Dr. Molina is committed to delivering the highest quality of care and achieving the best possible outcomes across a spectrum of different surgical cardiac conditions, using both conventional and minimally invasive approaches.
Patients are referred to Dr. Molina with a variety of conditions, including end stage heart failure, coronary artery disease, complications of myocardial infarction (such as ventricular septal defect, papillary muscle rupture, and cardiogenic shock), valvular heart disease, complex endocarditis cases, aortic root and ascending aortic aneurysms, aortic dissections, cardiac tumors (including cardiac myxomas), adult congenital conditions (including atrial septal defects, anomalous coronary arteries, and pulmonic valve disease), cardiac arrhythmias (like atrial fibrillation), diseases of the pericardium, respiratory failure, and acute cardiogenic shock.
Dr. Molina specializes in complex coronary artery bypass procedures, minimally invasive valve surgery, complex cardiac reoperations, heart transplantation, the use of temporary and durable left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) in patients with end-stage heart failure, and the insertion and management of ECMO to support patients in acute heart and/or respiratory failure.
Among Dr. Molina’s clinical and research interests are improving heart transplantation outcomes, short-term mechanical support device and durable mechanical support device technology, coronary revascularization, valvular heart disease, minimally invasive valve surgery, complex aortic root surgery, valve sparing aortic root replacement procedures, and complex reoperative surgery. Dr. Molina participates in national clinical trials in the field of mechanical circulatory support and is regularly invited to give lectures at national and international meetings.
After receiving his medical degree at Buenos Aires University in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dr. Molina came to the US to become a postdoctoral research fellow in cardiothoracic surgery at Temple University School of Medicine, where he stayed on to complete his residency in general surgery. He then completed a clinical research fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. He then became a fellow in cardiothoracic surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital before receiving training in heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support devices, and ultimately joining MedStar in 2012.
Philosophy of Care
“As a heart surgeon I do not just treat the disease, I treat the patient. Using state-of-the-art surgical procedures and technology, I deliver compassionate care individualized to each patient and their family. I work with them to alleviate their fears and concerns during one of the most stressful moments of their lives -- when they are facing open heart surgery. I am always available for my patients and their families, as well as their referring cardiologists.”