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Lawrence S. Czer, MD

Medical Director, Heart Transplant Program

Associate Medical Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support Program

Co-Medical Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery Database

Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, A3600
127 S. San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Phone:

310-423-1875

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310-423-0852

Lawrence S. Czer, MD

Medical Director, Heart Transplant Program

Associate Medical Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support Program

Co-Medical Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery Database

  • IM/Cardiology

Arrhythmias (Irregular Heartbeat, Heart Rhythm Disorders)

Cardiac Catheterization

Cardiomyopathy

Congenital Heart Diseases

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

Endomyocardial Biopsy

Heart Disease

Heart Transplants

Heart Valve Diseases

Immunotherapy

Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump

Myocarditis

The research of Lawrence S. Czer, MD, focuses on the mechanisms of cardiac stem (progenitor) cell differentiation and migration in normal and diseased human hearts; molecular, morphological, and functional changes in hearts after transplantation and after insertion of a ventricular assist device; molecular mechanisms of bioprosthetic and native valve calcification; and Cardiothoracic Tissue Repository. Czer employs molecular, cellular, transgenic and wild-type animal, and human tissue and cells to understand the biology of cardiac stem cells in normal and diseased hearts and to understand mechanisms of cardiac valve calcification. His research has established and maintained a repository of cardiac, vascular, and thoracic tissue for research purposes.

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  • Medical School: UCLA, 1977
  • Internship: UCLA, 1978
  • Residency: UCLA, 1980
  • Fellowship: Cedars-Sinai, 1983

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  • Board of Advisors, One Legacy, 2015
  • Review Board Member: Thoracic Organ Review Board for UNOS Region 5, 2014
  • Kansara P, Czer L, Awad M, Arabia F, Mirocha J, De Robertis M, Moriguchi J, Ramzy D, Kass RM, et al. Heart transplantation with and without prior sternotomy: analysis of the United Network for Organ Sharing database. Transplant Proc. 2014 Jan-Feb;46(1):249-255.
  • Kransdorf EP, Czer LS, Luthringer DJ, Patel JK, Montgomery SP, Velleca A, Mirocha J, Zakowski PC, Zabner R, et al. Heart transplantation for Chagas cardiomyopathy in the United States. Am J Transplant. 2013 Dec;13(12):3262-3268.
  • Czer LS, Phan A, Ruzza A, Rafiei M, Setareh-Shenas S, Caceres M, Awad M, Soliman C, Mirocha J, et al. Antithymocyte globulin induction therapy adjusted for immunologic risk after heart transplantation. Transplant Proc. 2013 Jul-Aug;45(6):2393-2398.
  • Makkar RR, Smith RR, Cheng K, Malliaras K, Thomson LE, Berman D, Czer LS, Marbán L, Mendizabal A, et al. Intracoronary cardiosphere-derived cells for heart regeneration after myocardial infarction (CADUCEUS): a prospective, randomised phase 1 trial. Lancet. 2012 Mar 10;379(9819):895-904.

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