Karl E. Karlson, MD and Gloria A. Karlson Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Professor of Surgery


Dr Sellke is the Karl Karlson and Gloria Karlson Professor and Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Brown Medical School and the Lifespan Hospitals. Dr Sellke is a native of Indiana and graduated from Wabash College and Indiana University School of Medicine. He is a noted clinical cardiothoracic surgeon, researcher, and author. Dr Sellke was the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Johnson and Johnson Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School prior to moving to Brown. His research interests include the regulation of the microcirculation in health and disease, ischemic injury and inflammation during cardiac surgery, collateral vascular formation and the use of growth factors and cell therapy to increase blood flow to ischemic tissue. His clinical research interests include optimizing outcomes after cardiac surgery, the reduction of bleeding and transfusion, and neurocognitive dysfunction and atrial fibrillation after surgery. Dr. Sellke serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and the Circulation Journal. He is on the editorial board of  Circulation, Basic Research in Cardiology, the Canadian Journal of Cardiology Coronary Artery Disease, and the Journal of Cardiac Surgery. He is the Editor of the 7th, 8th, and 9th editions of Sabiston and Spencers' Surgery of the Chest and the 1st and 2nd editions of the Atlas of Cardiac Surgical Techniques. Dr. Sellke is the author of more than 490 peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as numerous book chapters and abstracts. He is the Past Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia of the American Heart Association and the Past Chairman of the Advisory Council on Cardiothoracic Surgery of the American College of Surgeons. Sellke has served on the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons and is was Chairman of its Humanitarian and Volunteerism Awards Committee, past-Chairman of the American Heart Association Committee on Scientific Sessions Program. He is the current Chairman of the Data Safety Monitoring Committee of the National Institutes of Health Cardiac Surgery Network and served on the Bioengineering, Technology and Surgical Science study section of the NIH. He is the Past-President of the Massachusetts Society of Thoracic Surgeons, past President of the Northeast Cardiothoracic Surgical Society and is a member of numerous other organizations including the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Society of University Surgeons, and the American Surgical Association. Dr. Sellke is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Chest Physicians, American Heart Assocation, and the American College of Surgeons.

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