Thomas Spray

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Thomas L. Spray
Born(1948-08-28)August 28, 1948
Education Haverford College , Duke University, NHLBI
Years active1973-present
Medical career
FieldCardiothoracic Surgery
Institutions Washington University in St. Louis, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Thomas L. Spray is Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Mortimer J. Buckley, Jr. MD Endowed Chair in Cardiac Surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Professor of Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. [1]

Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia Hospital in Pennsylvania, United States

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is a children's hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with its primary campus located in the University City neighborhood of West Philadelphia next to the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. It is one of the largest and oldest children's hospitals in the world, and United States' first hospital dedicated to the healthcare of children. CHOP has been ranked as the best children's hospital in the United States by U.S. News & World Report and Parents Magazine in recent years. As of 2012, it was ranked number one in the nation by U.S. News for six out of ten specialties. The hospital is located next to the University of Pennsylvania and its physicians serve as the pediatrics department of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania medical school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

The Perelman School of Medicine, commonly known as Penn Med, is the medical school of the University of Pennsylvania. It is located in the University City section of Philadelphia. Founded in 1765, the Perelman School of Medicine is the oldest medical school in the United States and is one of the seven Ivy League medical schools. Penn Med consistently ranks among the highest recipients of NIH research awards, and it is currently tied for 3rd place on U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools: Research" list.


Early Life

Spray was born in Rochester, MN on August 28, 1948 [2] . He was inspired by his father's orthopedic surgery practice to follow a career in medicine [3] . He attended college at Haverford College majoring in Molecular Biology, receiving departmental honors.

Haverford College college in Pennsylvania

Haverford College is a private liberal arts college in Haverford, Pennsylvania. All students of the college are undergraduates and nearly all reside on campus.


After medical school at Duke University, he was a resident in general surgery at Duke University Medical Center. As part of his residency, he took two years for specialty training in cardiac pathology at the NHLBI. After completing training in cardiac surgery at Duke University Medical Center, he was appointed an assistant professor at Washington University School of Medicine, where he rose to a full professorship. In 1994, he was recruited to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, where he has served to the present [1] .

Duke University private university in Durham, North Carolina, United States

Duke University is a private research university in Durham, North Carolina. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, tobacco and electric power industrialist James Buchanan Duke established The Duke Endowment and the institution changed its name to honor his deceased father, Washington Duke.

Washington University School of Medicine medical school in St. Louis, Missouri

Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) is the medical school of Washington University in St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri. Founded in 1891, the School of Medicine has 1,260 students, 604 of which are pursuing a medical degree with or without a combined Doctor of Philosophy or other advanced degree. It also offers doctorate degrees in biomedical research through the Division of Biology and Biological Sciences. The School has developed large physical therapy and occupational therapy programs, as well as the Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences which includes a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree and a Master of Science in Deaf Education (M.S.D.E.) degree. There are 1,772 faculty, 1,022 residents, and 765 fellows.

In 2009, Spray was elected the 89th president of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. [4]

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) is an international association of cardiothoracic surgeons. It was founded in 1917 by the earliest pioneers in the field of thoracic surgery. Headquartered in Beverly, Massachusetts, it has over 1,200 members from 35 countries. To be considered for membership, a surgeon must have a proven record of distinction within the field and have made meritorious contributions to the knowledge of cardiothoracic disease and its surgical treatment.


Spray was one of the early adopters of ECMO [2] . He was among the first to use intraoperative echocardiography to guide repair of congenital heart disease [2] . He has become an expert and advocate for the Ross procedure [1] [2] . He has performed over 10,000 operations in his over 20-year career [2] .

The Ross procedure is a cardiac surgery operation where a diseased aortic valve is replaced with the person's own pulmonary valve. A pulmonary allograft is then used to replace the patient's own pulmonary valve. Pulmonary autograft replacement of the aortic valve is the operation of choice in infants and children, but its use in adults remains controversial.


American Heart Association Medical organization.

The American Heart Association (AHA) is a non-profit organization in the United States that funds cardiovascular medical research, educates consumers on healthy living and fosters appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke. Originally formed in New York City in 1924 as the Association for the Prevention and Relief of Heart Disease, it is currently headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency.

Jagiellonian University Polish higher education institution

The Jagiellonian University is a research university in Kraków, Poland.

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