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Spencer J. Melby, MD

  • Associate Professor of Surgery

Medical School

Medical Degree: University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2002

Post Doctoral Education

Fellowship: Research, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 2006

Residency: General Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 2007

Fellowship: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, England, 2010

Fellowship: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 2011

Board Certifications

Surgery -- Certified
Thoracic Surgery -- Certified

Clinical Interests

Cardiothoracic Surgery
Cardiac Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Patients Seen At

Heart and Vascular Center
Center for Advanced Medicine
4921 Parkview Place, Suite A, 8th Floor
St. Louis, MO  63110
(314) 362-7260
Fax: (314) 747-0917

Selected Publications

Melby SJ, Schuessler RB, Damiano RJ Jr.  Ablation technology for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation.  ASAIO J. 2013 Sep-Oct;59(5):461-8.

Melby SJ, Pasque MK, Lawton JS, Maniar HS, Kouchoukos NT, Damiano RJ, Moon MR. Importance of Blood Pressure Control After Repair of Acute Type A Aortic Dissection: 25-year Follow-up in 252 Patients.  Journal of Clinical Hypertension. 2013 Jan;15(1):63-8.

George JF, Tallaj JA, Melby SJ, Kirklin JK, Pamboukian SV. Opportunities for Improvement in Heart Transplantation Outcomes for Young Adults Ages 18-35. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2012 Aug; 31(8): 903-904.

Melby SJ, Moon MR, Bailey M, Moazami N, Lawton JS, Lindman B, Damiano RJ.  Impact of Pulmonary Hypertension on Outcomes Following Aortic Valve Replacement for Aortic Valve Stenosis. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2011 Jun;141(6):1424-30.

Voeller RK, Melby SJ, Grizzell BE, Moazami N.  Novel use of plasmapheresis in a patient with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia requiring urgent insertion of a left ventricular assist device under cardiopulmonary bypass. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2010 Sep;140(3):e56-8.

Melby SJ, Larue SJ, Lasala JM, Pal N, Lakshminarasimhachar A, Trulock EP, Kreisel D, Pasque MK, Puri V, Patterson GA, Krupnick AS. Anatomic distortion of the right coronary artery as a complication of lung transplantation.  Ann Thorac Surg.  2010 Jun;89(6):2000-1.

Schuessler RB, Lee AM, Melby SJ, Voeller RK, Gaynor SL, Sakamoto S, Damiano RJ Jr. Animal studies of epicardial atrial ablation.Heart Rhythm. 2009 Dec;6(12 Suppl):S41-5.

Melby SJ, Gandhi S. Current treatment of aortopulmonary window. Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine. 2009 Oct;11(5):392-5.

Lee AM, Melby SJ, Damiano RJ Jr. The Surgical Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation. Surgical Clinics of  North America. 2009 Aug;89(4):1001-20, x-xi.

Keune JD, Melby S, Kirby JP, Aft RL. Shared Management of a Rare Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection of the Breast. Breast J. 2009 May-Jun;15(3):321-3.

Zierer A, Melby SJ, Voeller RK, Moon MR. Interatrial shunt for chronic pulmonary hypertension: differential impact of low-flow vs. high-flow shunting. American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology. 2009 Mar;296(3):H639-44. Epub 2009 Jan 9.

Zierer A, Voeller RK, Melby SJ, Steendijk P, Moon MR.  Impact of calcium-channel blockers on right heart function in a controlled model of chronic pulmonary hypertension.  European Journal of Anaesthesiology. 2009 Mar;26(3):253-9.

Sakamoto S, Voeller RK, Melby SJ, Lall SC, Chang NL, Schuessler RB, Damiano RJ Jr. Surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation: the efficacy of a novel bipolar pen device in the cardioplegically arrested and beating heart. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2008 Nov;136(5):1295-301.

Melby SJ, Lee AM, Zierer A, Kaiser SP, Livhits MJ, Boineau JP, Schuessler RB, Damiano RJ. Atrial fibrillation propagates through gaps in ablation lines: Implications for ablative treatment of atrial fibrillation. Heart Rhythm. 2008 Sep;5(9):1296-301. Epub 2008 Jun 10.

Melby SJ, Bailey MS, Burnside BA, Guthrie TJ, Burmeister TL, Cox JL, Schuessler RB, Damiano RJ Jr: Normal Quality of Life After the Cox-Maze Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation. Innovations: Technology & Techniques in Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery. 2008, May 1:3(3):142-146.

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