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photo Catalin Toma, MD


Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Phone: 412-647-6272

Office: Cardiovascular Institute,UPMC Presbyterian
200 Lothrop Street, PUH, Room F-392
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-647-6272
Fax: 412-647-8117
Education and Training
MD, UMPh Gr. T. Popa, 1996
Internal Medicine, St. Luke's Roosevelt
Cardiovascular Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2005
Research Interest
Cell therapy for cardiac applications
Bioabsorbable vascular scaffolds
Intracoronary Imaging
Pulmonary embolism
Clinical Interest
PCI for complex coronary artery disease and chronic total occlusions
Interventional therapy for thromboembolic pulmonary disease
Intracoronary imaging
Mechanical circulatory support
For my complete bibliography, Click Here.
Selected Publications:
Patel AN, Henry TD, Quyyumi AA, Schaer GL, Anderson RD, Toma C, East C, Remmers AE, Goodrich J, Desai AS, Recker D, DeMaria A. Ixmyelocel-T for patients with ischaemic heart failure: a prospective randomised double-blind trial. Lancet. 2016; 387(10036) PMID: 27059887: 2412-21.
Jones CR, Khandhar SJ, Ramratnam M, Mulukutla SR, Marroquin OC, Althouse AD, Rao A, Kato K, Jang IK, Toma C. Identification of Intrastent Pathology Associated With Late Stent Thrombosis Using Optical Coherence Tomography. J Interv Cardiol. 2015; 28(5): 439-48.
Zanetti A, Grata M, Etling E, Panday R, Villanueva FS, Toma C. Suspension-Expansion of Bone Marrow Results in Small Mesenchymal Stem Cells Exhibiting Increased Transpulmonary Passage Following Intravenous Administration. Tissue Eng Part C Methods. 2015; Jan 8 PMID: 25567723.
Menon PG, Ludwig D, Lacomis J, Schwartzman D, Toma C. Computed tomographic analysis of left ventricular volumes and function after implantation of the parachute® endoventricular partitioning device. J INterv Cardiol. 2014; 27(6): 604-9.
Jia H, Abtahian F, Aguirre AD, Lee S, Chia S, Lowe H, Kato K, Yonetsu T, Vergallo R, Hu S, Tian J, Lee H, Park SJ, Jang YS, Raffel OC, Mizuno K, Uemura S, Itoh T, Kakuta T, Choi SY, Dauerman HL, Prasad A, Toma C, McNulty I, Zhang S, Yu B, Fuster V, Narula J, Virmani R, Jang IK. In Vivo Diagnosis of Plaque Erosion and Calcified Nodule in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome by Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013; Jun 26: doi:pii:S0735-1097(13)02524-2.
Khandhar SJ, Yamamoto H, Teuteberg JJ, Shullo MA, Bezerra HG, Costa MA, Selzer F, Lee JS, Marroquin OC, McNamara DM, Mulukutla SR, Toma C. Optical coherence tomography for characterization of cardiac allograft vasculopathy after heart transplantation (OCTCAV study). J Heart Lung Transplant. 2013; 32(6): 596-602.
Toma C, Zahr F, Moguilanski D, Grate S, Semaan R, Lemieux N, Lee JS, Cortese-Hassett A, Mulukutla S, Rao SV, Marroquin OC. The Impact of Anemia on Platelet Response to Clopidogrel in Patients Undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Stenting. Am J Caridiology. 2012; April.
Toma C, Wagner WR, Bowry S, Schwartz A, Villanueva FS. Fate of Culture-Expanded Mesenchymal Stem Cells in the Microvasculature: In Vivo Observations of Cell Kinetics. Circ Res. 2009; 104(3): 398-402.
Toma C, Pittenger M, Cahil K, Byrne B, Kessler PD. Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells Differentiate to a Cardiomyocyte Phenotype in the Adult Murine Heart. Circulation. 2002; 105(1): 93-98.
Tian J, Dauerman H, Toma C, Samady H, Itch T, Kuramitsu S, Domei T, Jia H, Vergallo R, Soeda T, Hu S, Minami Y, Lee H, Yu B, Jang IK. Prevalence and characteristics of TCFA and degree of coronary artery stenosis: an OCT, IVUS, and angiographic study. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014; 64(7): 672-80.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Outcomes of Percutaneous Revascularization for Management of Surgically Ineligible Patients with Multivessel or Left Main Coronary Artery Disease
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: St. Luke's Roosevelt Institute for Health Sci
Grant Number: RES
Start Year: 2017
End Year: 2019
Title: COMPLETE Study
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Population Health Research Institute
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2018
Title: Impella Retrospective Data Registry Study
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Abiomed, Inc.
Grant Number: DRUG
Start Year: 2009
End Year: 2020
Title: The Simultaneous Assessment of Invasive Fractional Flow Reserve and SPECT Myocardial Ischemia Using Regadenoson in the Catheterization Laboratory
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Astellas Pharma US
Grant Number: RES
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2020
Title: Access to the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory in Patients without ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction Resuscitated from Out-of-Hospital Ventricular Fibrillation Cardiac Arrest ACCESS TRIAL
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: University of Minnesota
Grant Number: R01 HL133818
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2017
Notable Achievements
Martin Blomley Young Investigator Award, 2010
Best Abstract, International conference on Cell Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease, 2009