Cynthia S. Herrington, MD

Professor of Clinical Surgery

Director of Physician Diversity of Cardiothoracic Surgery

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Dr. Cynthia S. Herrington, is associate professor of clinical cardiothoracic surgery at the Keck School of Medicine. She is surgical director of pediatric thoracic transplantation and holds the Ryan Winston Family Chair in Transplant Cardiology at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Herrington is also the surgical director of the lung transplant program at the University of Southern California. She joined the faculty in July 2008 leaving her practice at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Herrington is actively involved with cardiothoracic surgical education locally and nationally. She is the program director for the congenital cardiothoracic fellowship at CHLA. She holds positions on the executive board of the TSDA and the newly formed joint council of thoracic surgical education. Her research interests focus on outcome of thoracic transplantation and donor management.


  • Factors Associated With Gastrostomy Tube Complications in Infants With Congenital Heart Disease J Surg Res. 2022 12; 280:273-279. . View in PubMed
  • Factors Impacting Long-Term Gastrostomy Tube Dependence in Infants with Congenital Heart Disease J Surg Res. 2022 02; 270:455-462. . View in PubMed
  • Resident education in congenital heart surgery does not compromise outcomes J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2022 01; 163(1):251-260. . View in PubMed
  • Non-invasive biomarkers of Fontan-associated liver disease JHEP Rep. 2021 Dec; 3(6):100362. . View in PubMed
  • Progression in Fontan conduit stenosis and hemodynamic impact during childhood and adolescenceJ Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2021 Aug; 162(2):372-380. e2. . View in PubMed
  • Immunologic and Survival Benefits of Combined Heart-liver Transplantation in Children Transplantation. 2021 09 01; 105(9):e107-e108. . View in PubMed
  • A Novel Restorative Pulmonary Valve Conduit: Early Outcomes of Two Clinical Trials Front Cardiovasc Med. 2020; 7:583360. . View in PubMed
  • Postoperative heart failure after stage 1 palliative surgery for single ventricle cardiac disease Pediatr Cardiol. 2019 Jun; 40(5):943-949. . View in PubMed
  • Endocrine treatment of high grade serous ovarian carcinoma; quantification of efficacy and identification of response predictors Gynecol Oncol. 2019 02; 152(2):278-285. . View in PubMed
  • Enhanced response rate to pegylated liposomal doxorubicin in high grade serous ovarian carcinomas harbouring BRCA1 and BRCA2 aberrations BMC Cancer. 2018 01 03; 18(1):16. . View in PubMed
  • Erratum to: Home Monitoring Program Reduces Mortality in High-Risk Sociodemographic Single-Ventricle Patients Pediatr Cardiol. 2017 Jan; 38(1):206. . View in PubMed
  • Home Monitoring Program Reduces Mortality in High-Risk Sociodemographic Single-Ventricle Patients Pediatr Cardiol. 2016 Dec; 37(8):1575-1580. . View in PubMed
  • Survival and quality of life for children with end-stage heart failure who are not candidates for cardiac transplant J Heart Lung Transplant. 2015 Jul; 34(7):906-11. . View in PubMed
  • Synchronous HIV/AIDS-related Epstein-Barr Virus-associated smooth muscle tumors in a 20-year-old female Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2014 Oct; 33(10):1055-6. . View in PubMed
  • A novel hybrid technique for transcatheter pulmonary valve implantation within a dilated native right ventricular outflow tract J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Aug; 148(2):e145-6. . View in PubMed
  • Rapidly fatal disseminated acanthamoebiasis in a single lung transplant recipient Ann Transplant. 2013 Mar 14; 18:108-11. . View in PubMed
  • Outcomes after lung transplantation and practices of lung transplant programs in the United States regarding hepatitis C seropositive recipients Transplantation. 2011 Jun 15; 91(11):1293-6. . View in PubMed
  • A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of aprotinin to reduce primary graft dysfunction following lung transplantation Clin Transplant. 2011 Jan-Feb; 25(1):90-6. . View in PubMed
  • The effectiveness of the “open chest” for the unstable patient after bilateral sequential lung transplantation J Heart Lung Transplant. 2010 Aug; 29(8):894-7. . View in PubMed
  • Obstruction of lateral tunnel fontan by an adjustable occluder device J Card Surg. 2009 Nov-Dec; 24(6):750-2. . View in PubMed
  • Ninety-day mortality and major complications are not affected by use of lung allocation score J Heart Lung Transplant. 2008 Feb; 27(2):192-6. . View in PubMed
  • Pediatric tracheal disruption repaired via median sternotomy J Trauma. 2008 Feb; 64(2):493-5. . View in PubMed
  • Primary graft dysfunction and long-term pulmonary function after lung transplantation J Heart Lung Transplant. 2007 Oct; 26(10):1004-11. . View in PubMed
  • Early Trends in PaO(2)/fraction of inspired oxygen ratio predict outcome in lung transplant recipients with severe primary graft dysfunction Chest. 2007 Sep; 132(3):991-7. . View in PubMed
  • High prevalence of proximal and distal gastroesophageal reflux disease in advanced COPD Chest. 2007 Jun; 131(6):1666-71. . View in PubMed
  • Fontan procedure: old lessons and new frontiers Expert Rev Cardiovasc Ther. 2006 Jul; 4(4):515-21. . View in PubMed
  • Risk factors for primary graft dysfunction after lung transplantation J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2006 Jan; 131(1):73-80. . View in PubMed
  • Does Perfadex affect outcomes in clinical lung transplantation? J Heart Lung Transplant. 2005 Dec; 24(12):2243-8.. View in PubMed
  • Thyroid dysfunction after pediatric cardiac surgery J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2004 May; 127(5):1509-11. . View in PubMed
  • Expression of PAX 3 alternatively spliced transcripts and identification of two new isoforms in human tumors of neural crest origin Int J Cancer. 2004 Jan 10; 108(2):314-20. . View in PubMed
  • Pediatric cardiac transplantation Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2004; 16(4):404-9. . View in PubMed
  • Timing of transesophageal echocardiography in diagnosing patent foramen ovale in patients supported with left ventricular assist device Ann Thorac Surg. 2003 May; 75(5):1624-6. . View in PubMed