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Elizabeth Stephens

Elizabeth H. Stephens, MD, PhD

Mayo Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
200 First St SW
Rochester, MN  55905
United States
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Surgeon - Cardiothoracic


University of California San Diego (BS 2003)
Bioengineering, Rice University (PhD 2010)
Baylor College of Medicine (MD 2011)
Stanford (post-doc under Dr. Craig Miller 2012)
Columbia University, Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency (2012-2018)
Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship (2018-2020)

Other Interests

Pediatric Valve Disease
Congenital Heart Disease


2017-present: Columbia University, co-investigator with Dr. Takayama, Dr. Akiyama, Dr. Brown and Dr. Ferrari

Relationship between in-vivo mechanical stress on aortic valve during LVAD support and tissue structure and proteomics.


2015-2017: Columbia University, co-investigator with Dr. Vunjak-Novakovic and Dr. Takayama

Characterization of aortic valve composition and mechanical properties in LVAD patients.


2012: Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

D. Craig Miller, M.D.

Clinical outcomes and analysis of blood flow patterns after valve-sparing aortic root replacement.


2005-2010: Rice University, Bioengineering 

Dr. Grande-Allen, PhD, in collaboration with Dr. Charles Fraser, MD (Texas Children’s Hospital) and Dr. Craig Miller, MD (Stanford University)

Characterizing composition, turnover, and mechanics of extracellular matrix in developing, aging, and pathological valves.


2002-3:  University of California, San Diego, Institute of Molecular Medicine, Molecular Cardiology

Kenneth R. Chien, MD, Ph.D

Quantification of gradients in the heart of alternately spliced isoforms of KChIP2 (protein critical to cardiac conduction, implicated in sudden cardiac death).


2002: University California, San Diego, Department of Chemistry 

Stanley Opella, Ph.D

Utilization of Solid State NMR to study of structure of MerF (critical to Hg detoxification, applications: preventing birth defects and treating cancer).


2001-2: General Atomics, Inertial Fusion Energy

Daniel Goodin, PhD

Development of hi-Z coated targets for use in Inertial Fusion Energy.


2000-1: University of California, San Diego, Department of Chemistry

William S. Allison, PhD

Analysis of enzyme F1-ATPase’s cooperativity and entrapment of ADP using a mutation in the hinge region.

Additional Educational Information

Congenital Cardiac Surgeon

                       Mayo Clinic, December 2019- present

                       Rochester, MN

Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship

                        Lurie Children’s Hospital, July 2018-December 2019

                        Chicago, Illinois


Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency

                        Columbia University – New York Presbyterian Hospital, July 2012-June 2018

                        New York, NY


Post-doc            Dr. D. Craig Miller, Stanford University School of Medicine, January-June 2012

                           Stanford, CA


M.D.                 Baylor College of Medicine, December 2011

                          Houston, TX


Ph.D.                Bioengineering, Rice University, 2010

                        Houston, TX

                        Advisor: K. Jane Grande-Allen

Dissertation Title: “Composition, Turnover, and Mechanics of Extracellular Matrix in Developing, Aging, and Pathological Valves”


B.S.                  University of California San Diego, 2003

                        San Diego, CA

                        Summa cum laude 

                        Chemistry (with highest departmental honors), minors in Literature and Biology