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Enrique Gongora, M.D.

Enrique Gongora, M.D., Director of Adult Heart Transplantation & Mechanical Circulatory Support

Memorial Healthcare System
Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute
1150 North 35 Avenue, Suite 440
Hollywood, FL  33021
United States
(954) 265-6356
(954) 265-6829 (alternative)
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Surgeon - Cardiothoracic


Director Thoracic Transplantation & Mechanical Support - Scott & White Clinic/Texas A&M (2009-2012)
Surgical Director of Heart Transplantation & Mechanical Support - Drexel University (2012 -2014)

Other Interests

Surgical management of congestive heart failure
Ventricular assist devices
Arrhythmia surgery
Arterial grafting for coronary revascularization
Aortic arch, root and thoracoabdominal aneurysms
Heart and lung transplantation
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)





Nair N, Gongora E Effect of Direct Renin Inhibition on Diastolic Dysfunction – An echocardiographic assessment". Submitted to Experimental and clinical cardiology, May 2013       

Nair N, Gongora E, Mehra MR Long-Term Immune Suppression and Malignancy in thoracic transplantation: A systematic review. Submitted to J Heart Lung Transplant,  May 2013

Sareyyupoglu B, Lammert P, Gongora E, Zubieta JC, Zehr KJ. Pump Outflow Graft Puncture in a Patient With a HeartMate II Ventricular Assist Device. Ann Thorac Surg 2013; 95:e97– 8

Nair N, Gongora E, Reynolds J.  Role of Oxidative Stress in Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy. Open Journal of Organ Transplant Surgery, 2013, 3: 36-41. DOI: 10.4236/ojots.2013.32007

Nair N, Potena L, Kumar S, Gupta S, Gongora E, Angeli, F, Romani P. Does Cyclosporine Down Regulate IL-17 in Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy? Open Journal of Organ Transplant Surgery, 2013, 3, 1-4 DOI: 10.4236/OJOTS.2013.31001.

Nair N, Kumar S, Gongora E, Gupta S. Circulating miRNA as novel markers for diastolic dysfunction. Mol Cell Biochem, 2012. DOI 10.1007/s11010-012-1546-x.

Nair N, Farmer C, Gongora E, Dehmer GJ. Commonality Between Depression and Heart Failure.  Am J Cardiol. 2012 Mar 1; 109(5):768-72.

Govindan S, McElligott A, Muthusamy S, Nair N, Barefield D, Martin JL, Gongora E, Greis KD, Luther PK, Winegrad S, Henderson KK, Sadayappan S. Cardiac Myosin Binding Protein-C is a Potential Diagnostic Biomarker for Myocardial Infarction. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2012 Jan; 52(1):154-64.

Gongora E, Dearani JA, Orszulak TA, Oh JK., Schaff HV, Sundt TM. Tricuspid Regurgitation in Patients Undergoing Pericardiectomy for Constrictive Pericarditis. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2008; 85:163-171.

Gongora E. Sundt TM. Role of Surgical Revascularization in Diabetic Patients with Coronary Artery Disease. Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy. 3(2): 249-60, 2005.

Kohlman-Trigoboff D, Gongora E, Stanford J, Smith BM. Risk Factors Associated with Acute Lower Extremity Ischemia after Coronary Revascularization. Journal of Vascular Nursing 20(3): 78-84, Sep 2002.

Gongora E, Acosta JA, Wang DS, Brandenburg K, Jablonski K, Jordan MH. Analysis of Motor Vehicle Ejection Victims Admitted to a Level I Trauma Center. Journal of Trauma-Injury Infection & Critical Care 51(5): 854-9, Nov 2001.

Karakozis S, Gongora E, Caceres M, Brun E, Cook JW. Life-threatening Cytomegalovirus Colitis in the Immunocompetent Patient: Report of a Case and Review of the Literature. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum 44(11): 1716-20, Nov 2001.

Finelli F, Gongora E, Sasaki TM, Light JA. A survey: The Prevalence of Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy at Large U.S. Transplant centers. Transplantation 71(12): 1862-64, Jun 2001.

Cook JW, Karakozis S, Kim D, Provido H, Gongora E, Kirkpatrick JR. Interleukin-10 Attenuates Proinflammatory Cytokine Production and Improves Survival in Lethal Pancreatitis. American Surgeon 67(3): 237-41, Mar 2001.

Finelli F, Gongora E, Sasaki TM, Light JA. Should Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy be Taught in a Day? Surgical Endoscopy 14 (supplement 1): S182-abstract, Mar 2000.

Karakozis S, Gongora E, Zapas JL, He P, Krishnan J, Kirkpatrick JR. Granular Cell tumors of the Biliary Tree. Surgery 128(1): 113-5, Jul 2000.

Book Chapters

Gongora E. Gleason TG. Operative Techniques in Surgery of the Proximal Aorta and Aortic Arch. Subramanian K. Anesthesia for Aortic Surgery. 1st edition 2011

Gongora E. Sundt TM. Myocardial Revascularization with Cardiopulmonary Bypass. Cohn LM, Cardiac Surgery in the Adult. 3rd edition, 2007.


Feitell S, Patel J, Pirlamarla P, Whittier J, Gongora E, Rowe T, Hankins S, Eisen HJ.End of an Era: Reduced Severity of Tricuspid Regurgitation in Cardiac Transplant Recipients Managed with Molecular Diagnostic Testing. J Heart Lung Transplant 2013; 32: S255

Whittier J, Pirlamarla P, Patel J, Feitell S, Gongora E, Rowe T, Hankins S, Eisen HJ. Hospital Readmission in Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Patients Compared to Patients Receiving Intravenous Inotropic Therapy. J Heart Lung Transplant 2013; 32: S24

Feitell S, Patel J, Pirlamarla P, Whittier J, Gongora E, Rowe T, Hankins S, Eisen HJ. Type 2 Cardiorenal Syndrome in the Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Population. J Heart Lung Transplant 2013; 32: S227

Nair N, Jupiter D, Gongora E, Thotakura S, John S. Use of Global functional Index in Assessment of Diastolic Dysfunction. J Heart Lung Transplant 2013; 32: S163-164

Nair N, Lammert P, John, S,. Jupiter D, Gongora E., Tong C. Effect of Continuous Flow Left Ventricular Assist Device Support on Diastolic function. J Heart Disease (2012) 9; 117.

Nair N, John S, Jupiter D, Gongora E, Lammert P, Tong C. Novel Tissue Doppler Parameters in Staging of Diastolic Dysfunction. J Heart Disease 2012; 9: 51.

Nair N, Jupiter D, Dehmer G, Gongora E, Song J, Puschett J, Prockop D. Addition of CRP and D-Dimer Enhance the Predictive Value of BNP in Heart Failure. Vascular Med, 2011; 16: 220 

Nair N, Bobo B, Jupiter D, Gongora E, Dehmer G. Correlation of Clinical Parameters with Echocardiograhic Indices of Diastolic Dysfunction. Vascular Med, 2011; 16: 229

Toyoda Y, Bermudez C, Speziali S, Gilbert S, Bhama J, Gongora E, Garcia L, Zenati M, Zomak R, Zaldonis D, Johnson B, Crespo M, Pilewski J. Older Donor for Older Recipient in Lung Transplantation. J Heart Lung Transplant 2009; 28:(2) S259

Bhama J, Adusumulli P, Siegenthaler MP, D , Bansal A, Garcia L, Gongora E, Teuteberg JJ, Toyoda Y, Bermudez CA, Speziali G, McCurry KR, Kormos RL. Impact of Abdominal Complications on Outcomes Following Mechanical Circulatory Support Therapy. J Heart Lung Transplant 2009; 28:(2) S79-80

Additional Educational Information

University of Pittsburgh - Thoracic Transplantation & Mechanical Support Fellowship (2008-2009)
University of Pittsburgh - Advanced Adult Cardiac Surgery Fellowship (2007-2008)
Mayo Clinic Rochester - Administrative Chief Resident Cardiothoracic Surgery (2006-2007)
Mayo Clinic Rochester - Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency (2004-2007)
Washington Hospital Center - Surgical Critical Care Fellowship (2003-2004)
Washington Hospital Center - Chief Resident General Surgery (2002-2003)
Washington Hospital Center - General Surgery Residency (1997-2003)
Universidad del Rosario - Colombia (MD-1992)

Practice Areas

  • Cardiac
  • Intensive Care
  • Heart Failure
  • Mechanical Circulatory Assistance
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Valve Disease
  • Transplantation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Great Vessels