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Dr. Enrique Gongora

Surgical Director, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
Associate Professor

Areas of Interest
adult cardiac surgery, valve repair/replacement, coronary artery bypass grafting with emphasis on arterial grafting, surgery for atrial fibrillation, thoracic aortic aneurysms, mechanical circulatory support including implantable long-term ventricular assist devices and short term temporary support, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), heart and lung transplantation


A seasoned surgeon with years of academic and clinical experience, Dr. Gongora completed his medical training at the Universidad del Rosario in Bogota, Colombia. He then continued his training with a residency in general surgery and a surgical critical care fellowship at the Medstar Washington Hospital Center/Georgetown University Hospital program in Washington, D.C. Later, Dr. Gongora completed formal training in cardiothoracic surgery at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he was named administrative chief resident. He then completed subspecialty training in adult cardiac surgery and thoracic transplantation and mechanical support at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Gongora was the founder and director of the adult heart transplantation, mechanical circulatory support and ECMO programs at Memorial Healthcare System, in Hollywood, Florida. He previously worked as the surgical director for heart transplantation and ventricular assist devices at Hahnemann University Hospital/Drexel University College of Medicine and as director of thoracic transplantation and mechanical circulatory support at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine/Scott & White Clinic.


Medical School

Universidad del Rosario, Bogota, Colombia
Medicine, Surgery


Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C.
General Surgery

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Cardiothoracic Surgery


Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C.
Surgical Critical Care

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Adult Cardiac Surgery

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Thoracic Transplantation/Mechanical Support


Campus Address
THT 720

Patient Appointments and Questions: 205-934-6580
Academic Office: 205-934-6580