Fernando Fleischman, MD

Professor of Clinical Surgery

Director of the Aortic Center

Associate Program Director for the Residency Program

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Dr. Fernando Fleischman was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and moved to Los Angeles, California as a young boy. He grew up in Los Angeles attending UCLA where he graduated with Honors with a degree in History and Biology. There he received various awards including Dean’s list honors for 4 straight years. He then proceeded to medical school in Puerto Rico where he saw first-hand rare ailments not seen in other parts of the world. He had the opportunity of volunteering around the island taking care of patients under very difficult conditions.

He graduated with honors from medical school and took that knowledge to New Jersey. At UMDNJ he furthered his surgical education receiving numerous teaching awards, including the prestigious Golden Apple Teaching Award. His strong leadership and command of patient care led to his appointment as Administrative Chief Resident, an honor given to the resident who demonstrates superior leadership skills.

Dr. Fleischman continued his surgical education in cardiothoracic surgery at USC under the tutelage of Dr. Vaughn A. Starnes joining his practice as Assistant Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery, July 2011.

Dr. Fleischman will continue to innovate in endovascular surgery, and beyond. His specific interests cross all aspects of cardiothoracic surgery from valve disease to heart failure treatments.


  • Lift Sandwich Grafting Enables Transfemoral Abdominal Aortic Branch Incorporation during Endovascular Aortic Repair for Chronic Type B Aortic DissectionAnn Vasc Surg. 2019 May; 57:50. e1-50. e8. . View in PubMed
  • Symptomatic Intragraft Thrombus following Endovascular Repair of Blunt Thoracic Aortic InjuryAnn Vasc Surg. 2017 Jul; 42:305. e7-305. e12. . View in PubMed
  • In-Situ Fenestration of a PTFE Thoracic Aortic Stent Graft for Delayed Left Subclavian Artery Revascularization Following Frozen Elephant Trunk Repair of Type A Aortic DissectionAnn Vasc Surg. 2020 Feb; 63:459. e9-459. e15. . View in PubMed
  • The Initial Results of Physician-Modified Fenestrated-Branched Endovascular Repairs of the Aortic Arch and Lessons Learned From the First 21 Cases J Endovasc Ther. 2024 May 22; 15266028241255539. . View in PubMed
  • Spinal cord ischemia and reinterventions following thoracic endovascular repair for acute type B aortic dissections J Vasc Surg. 2024 May 07. . View in PubMed
  • Use of Iliac Branch Endoprosthesis to Rescue Inadvertent False Lumen Deployment of the Innominate Branch Stent During Physician-Modified Fenestrated-Branched Aortic Arch Repair Vasc Endovascular Surg. 2024 Feb; 58(2):193-199. . View in PubMed
  • Aortic rupture during STABILISE (stent-assisted balloon-induced intimal disruption and relamination in aortic dissection repair) technique J Vasc Surg Cases Innov Tech. 2023 Dec; 9(4):101338. . View in PubMed
  • Sandwich thoracic branch endoprosthesis technique for endovascular repair of thoracic aortic aneurysm with aberrant right subclavian artery J Vasc Surg Cases Innov Tech. 2023 Dec; 9(4):101289. . View in PubMed
  • Emergency and Compassionate Use of a Novel Ascending Endograft for Ascending and Arch Aortic Pathology J Endovasc Ther. 2023 Nov 07; 15266028231208644. . View in PubMed
  • Branch-first aortic arch replacement strategy decreases perioperative mortality J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2023 Aug 12. . View in PubMed
  • ARISE: First-In-Human Evaluation of a Novel Stent Graft to Treat Ascending Aortic Dissection J Endovasc Ther. 2023 Aug; 30(4):550-560. . View in PubMed
  • Use of retrograde left subclavian branch portal of Gore TAG thoracic branch endoprosthesis for physician-modified fenestrated branched endovascular repair of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm J Vasc Surg Cases Innov Tech. 2023 Jun; 9(2):101135. . View in PubMed
  • Making the Gestalt More Rigorous-Is Less Still More? Ann Thorac Surg. 2023 08; 116(2):278-279.. View in PubMed
  • Readmission after early thoracic endovascular aortic repair versus medical management of acute type B aortic dissection J Vasc Surg. 2023 05; 77(5):1387-1393. . View in PubMed
  • ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm or Dissection: Treatment Planning and Follow-Up J Am Coll Radiol. 2023 05; 20(5S):S265-S284. . View in PubMed
  • Commentary: Flow delivery to the left subclavian artery using a novel branched graft in total arch replacement JTCVS Tech. 2021 Jun; 7:43-44. . View in PubMed
  • Intercostal artery incorporation to prevent spinal cord ischemia during total endovascular thoracoabdominal aortic repair JTCVS Tech. 2021 Apr; 6:32-36. . View in PubMed
  • Management strategy for lower extremity malperfusion due to acute aortic dissection J Vasc Surg. 2021 10; 74(4):1143-1151. . View in PubMed
  • Complications associated with lumbar drain placement for endovascular aortic repairJ Vasc Surg. 2021 05; 73(5):1513-1524. e2. . View in PubMed
  • Periscope sandwich stenting as an alternative to open cervical revascularization of left subclavian artery during zone 2 thoracic endovascular aortic repairJ Vasc Surg. 2021 02; 73(2):466-475. e3. . View in PubMed
  • Triage and management of aortic emergencies during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic: A consensus document supported by the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) and Asian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery (ASCVTS) Asian Cardiovasc Thorac Ann. 2020 Oct 30; 218492320974505. . View in PubMed
  • Triage and management of aortic emergencies during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic: A consensus document supported by the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) and Asian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery (ASCVTS) J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2020 Oct 28. . View in PubMed
  • The Disparity Between Public Utilization and Surgeon Awareness of the STS Patient Education Website Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 07; 110(1):284-289. . View in PubMed
  • En Bloc AngioVac Removal of Thoracic Aortic Mass Tex Heart Inst J. 2020 08 01; 47(4):315-318. . View in PubMed
  • Endovascular septal fenestration using a radiofrequency wire to salvage inadvertent false lumen deployment of a frozen elephant trunk stent graft J Vasc Surg Cases Innov Tech. 2019 Dec; 5(4):553-556. . View in PubMed
  • Impact of proximal seal zone length and intramural hematoma on clinical outcomes and aortic remodeling after thoracic endovascular aortic repair for aortic dissections J Vasc Surg. 2019 Apr; 69(4):987-995. . View in PubMed
  • Anatomic suitability for “off-the-shelf” thoracic single side-branched endograft in patients with type B aortic dissection J Vasc Surg. 2019 12; 70(6):1776-1781. . View in PubMed
  • Image Predictors of Treatment Outcome after Thoracic Aortic Dissection Repair Radiographics. 2018 Nov-Dec; 38(7):1949-1972. . View in PubMed
  • Selective Aortic Arch and Root Replacement in Repair of Acute Type A Aortic Dissection Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 Feb; 105(2):505-512. . View in PubMed
  • Optimal Approach for Repair of Left Atrial-Esophageal Fistula Complicating Radiofrequency Ablation Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 05; 105(5):e229-e231. . View in PubMed
  • Diagnostic and Treatment Dilemmas of the Aortic Arch Cardiol Clin. 2017 Aug; 35(3):347-355. . View in PubMed
  • Acute Type A Aortic Dissection Cardiol Clin. 2017 Aug; 35(3):331-345. . View in PubMed
  • A correlative study of aortic valve rotation angle and thoracic aortic sizes using ECG gated CT angiography Eur J Radiol. 2017 Apr; 89:60-66. . View in PubMed
  • Comparison of intravascular ultrasound- and centerline computed tomography-determined aortic diameters during thoracic endovascular aortic repair J Vasc Surg. 2017 10; 66(4):1184-1191. . View in PubMed
  • Type A Aortic Dissection Repair: How I Teach It Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Jan; 103(1):14-17. . View in PubMed
  • Management of patients with acute aortic syndrome through a regional rapid transport system J Vasc Surg. 2017 Jan; 65(1):21-29. . View in PubMed
  • Thromboembolism-in-Transit and Patent Foramen Ovale: Should Screening Echocardiogram Be Routine for Thromboembolic Disease? Ochsner J. 2016; 16(3):321-3.. View in PubMed
  • Anomalous coronary arteries: cardiovascular computed tomographic angiography for surgical decisions and planning World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2013 Apr; 4(2):142-54. . View in PubMed
  • Successful extraction of cardiac-extending intravenous leiomyomatosis through gonadal veinFertil Steril. 2012 Nov; 98(5):1341-5. e1. . View in PubMed
  • Iatrogenic tracheal injury Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 Mar; 93(3):1001. . View in PubMed