Worked for 26 years in Florida
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2016) — James Quintessenza, MD, has been named chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, effective Dec. 1. His primary appointment will be at Cincinnati Children’s, but he will be based in Lexington.
In January Cincinnati Children’s and UK HealthCare, the hospitals and clinics of the University of Kentucky, finalized an agreement to jointly provide pediatric heart care and other services at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. A critical piece of that agreement was to jointly recruit and hire a top-notch cardiothoracic surgeon to lead the program.
Quintessenza has built a reputation as one of the leading cardiothoracic surgeons in the U.S. He served All Children’s Hospital (later named All Children’s Hospital John Hopkins) in St. Petersburg, Fla. for 26 years, 19 as medical director and chief of pediatric cardiac surgery.
Quintessenza has authored nearly 50 peer reviewed articles and contributed numerous book chapters to various academic publications. Additionally, he has been a mentor to junior faculty and taught advanced surgical techniques to established faculty.
He received his undergraduate degree in Medical Science and his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Florida. He also did his general surgery internship and residency there. He completed his cardiothoracic surgery residency at the University of California in San Diego.