Chair of Cardiac ICU and Mechanical Circulatory Support

Eduardo da Cruz

Eduardo da Cruz is the Associate Medical Director of the Heart Institute, Head of the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Program and Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Section and Inpatient Services at Children’s Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado Denver, School of Medicine. He was born in Lisbon, Portugal and has had an international life career in Portugal, Costa Rica, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland and the United States of America. He trained in Medicine and then in Pediatrics at the Universidad de Costa Rica and the Hospital Nacional de Niños in San José, Costa Rica, and then pursued a fellowship in pediatric cardiology and intensive care in Paris, France (Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades, Université René Descartes-Paris V). After completing  his training, Eduardo stayed in Europe as an attending physician until 2007, when he joined the cardiovascular team at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver, USA, where he currently holds the title of Tenured Full Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology & Intensive Care. He has extensive experience in the medical and perioperative management of neonates, children and young adults with complex congenital or acquired heart disease, including heart transplant, mechanical assistance and quality improvement, safety, clinical effectiveness, stewardship, and crew resource management. He is actively involved in clinical and translational research and teaching in the fields of pediatric cardiology and cardiac intensive care, has delivered close to 300 international lectures, and is a reviewer for 24 peer-reviewed journals, and the Editor or Co-Editor of seven CICU textbooks, including the reference entitled Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery and Intensive Care (Springer-Verlag UK), a major textbook and e-book/e-reference with 6 volumes and close to 4000 pages (Editor-in-Chief) and the first Textbook dedicated to the Intensive Care of Adults with Congenital Heart Disease (Editor-in-Chief). He has published 71 book chapters and close to 100 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. He is the founder of the Working Group on Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care of the Association for the European Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology (AEPC), Chair and founder of the Section on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Intensive Care & Mechanical Circulatory Support of the European Society of Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC), a former Board Member of the Congenital Domain of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS), member of the Society of Pediatric Research (SPR) and of multiple other international Societies. Eduardo da Cruz is also an Expert Reviewer for the European Commission Horizon 2020 Project, and the President and Chair of the Board of Surgeons of Hope Foundation, a United Nations-affiliated Non-Governmental Organization based in New York, USA.