Physician’s Profile

David Kalfa, MD

Director, Pediatric Heart Valve Center
Surgical Director, Initiative for Pediatric Cardiac Innovation
Director, Kalfa research lab
Cardiac Surgery
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Heart Transplant, Pediatric
Pediatric/Congenital Cardiac Surgery
Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
Pediatric Heart Transplant
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

Dr. David Kalfa is a Board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon with a subspecialization in pediatric cardiac surgery. A Native of France, Dr. Kalfa graduated from Marseilles University Graduate School of Medicine with the highest level of distinction in 2004. During his certification, he developed a research program in Tissue Engineering applied to the field of Congenital Heart Diseases that led to the attainment of numerous grants including a European Research FP7 Grant. He completed a research fellowship in Fondation Alain carpentier/INSERM in Paris and received his PhD degree in 2011 with the highest level of distinction. He then performed a 2-year clinical fellowship in Congenital Cardiovascular Surgery in one of the highest-volume centers (Marie Lannelongue Hospital in Paris) with exposure to highly complicated cases from all age groups (from neonates to adults). He completed a clinical fellowship in Adult Cardiac Surgery at Laval University Hospital in Quebec, Canada (2012-2013). He was then Assistant Attending in Congenital Cardiac Surgery at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital/NYP (2013-2015) and is currently Assistant Professor of Surgery (tenure track) in the Section of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Columbia University, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College.


2020: invited reviewer, NIH Study Section BTSS (Bioengineering, Technology and Surgical Sciences)

2020: selected as Irving Scholar, named “Florence Irving Assistant Professor of Surgery”. Highly competitive Award at Columbia University

2020: Awardee Columbia BiomedX Ignition Grant

2020: Selected by his peers as an outstanding practicing doctor in New York. After an extensive nomination and research process, the results were published in Super Doctors® Rising Stars?, a special advertising section in the May 2020 issue of the New York Times.

2020: American Heart Association (AHA), 2020 Innovative Project Award, selected for Phase 2 application, « Design of a Soft Robotic Cardiac Sensing and Compression Sleeve » Role: PI

N Goldshtrom, D Vargas, A Vasquez, F Kim, K Desai, ME Turner, O Barry, A Torres, S Levasseur, S Strletsova, PR Gupta, JR Defazio, V Duron, M Middlesworth, L Saiman, R Miller, D Goffman, EA Bacha, D Kalfa, DJ LaPar, G Krishnamurthy. Neonates With Complex Cardiac Malformation and Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Born to SARS-CoV-2 Positive Women-A Single Center Experience. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2020 Aug 27:2150135120950256.
BR Anderson, VL Blancha Eckels, S Crook, JM Duchon, D Kalfa, EA Bacha, G Krishnamurthy. The Risks of Being Tiny: The Added Risk of Low Weight for Neonates Undergoing Congenital Heart Surgery. Pediatr Cardiol. 2020 Jul 29. doi: 10.1007/s00246-020-02420-0
Farooqi KM, Nees SN, Smerling J, Senapathi SH, Lorenzoni R, Pavlicova M, Einstein AJ, Bacha EA, D Kalfa, Chai PJ. Assessment of anomalous coronary arteries by imagers and surgeons: Comparison of imaging modalities. Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 May 23:S0003-4975(20)30742-6.
B Mantell, L Addonizio, N Jain, D LaPar, P Chai, E Bacha, D Kalfa, J McAllister, W Zuckerman, T Lee, M Richmond, S Law. Evolution of Pediatric Ventricular Assist Devices and their Neurologic and Renal Complications - a 24-year single center experience. Artif Organs. 2020 Apr 12. doi: 10.1111/aor.13696.
EH Stephens, A Shakoor, SE Jacobs, S Okochi, AL Zenilman, W Middlesworth, D Kalfa, PJ Chai, DV Chaves, E Bacha, E Cheung. Characterization of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Support for Single Ventricle Patients. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2020 Mar;11(2):183-191.