Paul J. Pearson, MD,PhD, is the Co-Director of NorthShore Cardiovscular Institute, Division Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at NorthShore University Healthsystem, and the Owen Coon Chair for Cardiothoracic Surgery.
Dr. Pearson is a Mayo Clinic trained cardiac surgeon with more than 15 years of clinical practice experience. With close to 60 scientific publications to his credit, Dr. Pearson has made significant contributions to the medical literature spanning the fields of vascular physiology to clinical practice, including new strategies for the treatment of valvular heart disease. His research has been recognized by organizations ranging from the American College of Cardiology, which honored him as a finalist in the Young Investigators Award Competition, to the Western Thoracic Surgical Association, which awarded him the prestigious Sampson Research Award for his contributions to the understanding of coronary vasospasm and cardiac surgery.
Dr. Pearson has a special interest in the minimally invasive treatment of aortic valve stenosis using Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), and works closely with the NorthShore Cardiovascular Institute's Interventional Cardiology group as part of the Structural Heart Team. He has contributed to the understanding of TAVR for the treatment of aortic stenosis as part of the PARTNER II Trial, and is currently an investigator on the REPRISE III Trial, examining the next generation of TAVR heart valves. Dr. Pearson has also partnered with the Division of Vascular Surgery at NorthShore to offer less invasive procedures to treat complex problems of the intrathoracic aorta, including hybrid techniques utilizing off-pump cardiac surgery and stent grafting.?