Jake Jaquiss, MD $$

Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center
Division Director at Children's Health

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Robert Jaquiss, M.D., is Division Director of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery and Co-Director of The Heart Center at Children’s Health℠. He is also a Professor of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery and Professor of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern. Dr. Jaquiss is a surgeon who specializes in neonatal heart surgery, surgery for mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation.

I’m a parent, as are many of my colleagues on the team at The Heart Center, and that helps remind all of us that our work, however highly specialized and technical it may seem, is ultimately and essentially personal. We are a team of people trying to help other people, some of whom may be very young and small, through a difficult process.
Dr. Robert Jaquiss

Dr. Jaquiss received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. He completed his cardiothoracic surgery residency and fellowship training at Washington University in St. Louis, and he completed a pediatric cardiac surgery fellowship at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Before joining the team at UT Southwestern and Children’s Health, Dr. Jaquiss was a Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Duke University School of Medicine.

It is those many years of training and experience that have allowed Dr. Jaquiss to be successful in operating on the tiniest of patients, as he brings skill, knowledge and compassion to his position as a surgeon who specializes in neonatal (newborn) heart surgery and surgery for children with heart failure.

As Co-Director of The Heart Center at Children’s Health, Dr. Jaquiss not only has the capability to lead one of the largest and most experienced children’s heart programs in the county but also the ability to connect with patient families during a difficult time in their lives.

“I’m a parent, as are many of my colleagues on the team at The Heart Center, and that helps remind all of us that our work, however highly specialized and technical it may seem, is ultimately and essentially personal. We are a team of people trying to help other people, some of whom may be very young and small, through a difficult process,” he says.

Dr. Jaquiss has extensive clinical research experience as an internationally recognized pediatric heart surgeon, having authored more than 100 research articles about pediatric heart surgery.

He is also a leader among numerous professional organizations, including the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American College of Cardiology, the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society. In addition, he serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals including The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and the American Society of Artificial Internal Organs Journal. 

Dr. Jaquiss was included in the D Magazine Best Doctors list for 2018.

Education and Training

Medical School
Vanderbilt University (1986)
Washington University School of Medicine (1990), General Surgery
Washington University Consortium Program (1995), Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Washington University Consortium Program (1994), Thoracic Surgery
Post-graduate School
Washington University School of Medicine (1994)
Washington University School of Medicine (null)
Board Certification
American Board of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
  • Research Interests

    • Pediatric Heart Surgery
  • Publications

    • Eghtesady P, Almond CS, Tjossem C, Epstein D, Imamura M, Turrentine M, Tweddell J, Jaquiss RD, Canter C; Berlin Heart Investigators. Post-transplant outcomes of children bridged to transplant with the Berlin Heart EXCOR Pediatric ventricular assist device. Circulation. 2013 Sep 10;128(11 Suppl 1):S24-31.
      Byrnes JW, Bhutta AT, Rettiganti MR, Gomez A, Garcia X, Dyamenahalli U, Johnson C, Jaquiss RD, Imamura M, Prodhan P. Steroid therapy attenuates acute phase reactant response among children on ventricular assist device support. Ann Thorac Surg. 25 Apr;99(4):1392-8.
    • Hornik CP, Collins RT 2nd, Jaquiss RD, Jacobs JP, Jacobs ML, Pasquali SK, Wallace AS, Hill KD. Adverse cardiac events in children with Williams syndrome undergoing cardiovascular surgery: An analysis of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Jun;149(6):1516-22.
    • Malik S, Bird TM, Jaquiss RD, Morrow WR, Robbins JM. Comparison of in-hospital and longer-term outcomes of hybrid and Norwood stage 1 palliation of hypoplastic left heart syndrome. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Sep;150(3):474-480.
    • Rosenthal DN, Almond CS, Jaquiss RD, Peyton CE, Auerbach SR, Morales DR, Epstein DJ, Cantor RS, Kormos RL, Naftel DC, Butts RJ, Ghanayem NS, Kirklin JK, Blume ED.Adverse events in children implanted with ventricular assist devices in the United States: Data from the Pediatric Interagency Registry for Mechanical Circulatory Support (PediMACS). J Heart Lung Transplant. 2016 May;35(5):569-77.
    • Wheeler AP, Jaquiss RDB, Newman JH. Physician practices in the treatment of pulmonary embolism and deep venous thrombosis. Arch Int Med. 1988;148:1321-25.
    •  Shuman TA, Palazzo RS, Jaquiss RDB, Harper BD, Barzilai B, Cox JL, Kouchoukos NT, Wareing TH. A model of right ventricular failure after global myocardial ischemia and mechanical left ventricular support. ASAIO Trans. 1991;37:M212-13.
    • Pyo R, Pirolo JS, Schuessler RB, Jaquiss RDB, Saffitz JE, Ferguson TB Jr. Quantitation of steroid induced reversal of myocardial contractile dysfunction during early cardiac allograft rejection. Surgical Forum. 1992; 42:408-10.
    • Jaquiss RDB, Cronin CS, Nitta T, Mitsuno M, Schuessler RB, Boineau JP, Cox JL. Technical modification of the Maze Procedure for atrial fibrillation. Surgical Forum. 1992;43:264-66.
    • Glick DB, Cronin CS, Jaquiss RDB, Ferguson TB Jr. The use of the autoperfusing heart lung preparation for electrophysiologic studies. Surgical Forum. 1993;44:309-11.
  • Professional Activities

    • 2015-present American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Credentials Committee for Congenital Cardiac Surgery
    • 2012-present American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
    • 2008-present American Association for Thoracic Surgery (Education Committee)
  • Awards and Honors

    • D Magazine Best Pediatric Specialist 2017-2020
    • D Magazine's Best Doctors list for 2018

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