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photo Gavin W. Hickey, MD


Assistant Professor of Medicine

Medical Director, VAD and Transplant Program, UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Program Director, UPMC Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant and Pulmonary Hypertension Fellowship Program


Phone: 412-647-6000

Office: UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute
200 Lothrop Street, PUH, 5B
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-647-6000
Education and Training
MD, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester NY, 2002
Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical School, 2006
Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Medical School, 2015
Research Interest
Research- Congestive heart failure/transplant- specifically congenital heart disease patients. We are currently investigating outcomes (morbidity and mortality) of congenital heart disease patients evaluated for heart transplants as well as variables that predict candidacy for transplant and transplant outcomes.

Chest pain. Multiple abstracts and pending review article on acute chest pain in patients presenting to the emergency department, specifically without prior diagnosis of coronary artery disease.

CHF readmission. Evaluating causes of heart failure readmission and patients at greatest risk. This includes patients with sleep disordered breathing.
Clinical Interest
Clinical- Currently seeing patients with both systolic and diastolic heart failure, that are pre- and post-heart transplant as well as patients with pulmonary hypertension of various etiologies.

As a heart failure specialist I also manage patients on mechanical circulatory support devices such as left ventricular assist devices, perform right heart catheterizations with endomyocardial biopsies, and round in the UPMC Presbyterian CCU.
Educational Interest
Educational- Involved in medical student curriculum development for congestive heart failure component of the MS-2 cardiology course and the MS-4 pathophysiology and pharmacology of heart failure course.

Ongoing education in the cardiology fellowship, including lectures on hemodynamics and evaluation and management of decompensated heart failure.
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Selected Publications:
Batal O, Jentzer J, Balaney B, Kolia N, Hickey G, Dardari M, Reddy V, Jovin T, Hammer M, Gorcsan J 3rd, Schmidhofer M. The prognostic significance of troponin I elevation in acute ischemicstroke. J Crit Care. 2016; 31: 41-47.
Xia F, Li J, Hickey GW, Tsurumi A, Larson K, Guo D, Yan SJ, Silver-Morse L, Li WX. Raf activation is regulated by tyrosine 510 phosphorylation in Drosophila. PLoS Biol. 2008; 6: e128.
Jentzer J, Hickey G, Khandhar S. Transplant coronary heart disease: challenges and solutions. Transplant Research and Risk Management. 2014; 6: 117-127.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Spironolactone Initiation Registry Randomized Interventional Trial in Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction SPIRRIT-HFpEF "Study"
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Duke University / National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Grant Number: U01 HL134679
Start Year: 2018
End Year: 2020
Notable Achievements
American Society of Transplantation (AST) Travel Award, 2014
Clinical Science Research Oral Pres, 3rd Place, 2014
AHA Clin Research Presentation, 3rd Place, 2014
Am Soc Nuclear Cardiology Astellas Travel Award, 2013
OME International Research Award, 2003