Avihu Z. Gazit, M.D.  Gazit_A@wustl.edu

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Critical Care Medicine
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Cardiology
Critical Care Medicine

phone: (314) 454-2527

Clinical Interests

My responsibilities as the medical director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and co-leader of the CICU Unit Based Joint Practice Team are mainly clinical, however, I devote significant attention to translational research focusing on heart and blood pressure variability analysis that reflect autonomic nervous system dysfunction in the context of heart failure, and dynamic near infrared spectroscopy monitoring as an early predictor of inadequate oxygen delivery. My clinical foci are hemodynamic monitoring in critically ill children and mechanical circulatory support of children with acute decompensate heart failure.


  • MD, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology1997


  • Residency in Pediatrics, Bnai-zion Medical Center1997 - 2001
  • Fellow, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine2002 - 2005
  • Fellow, Pediatric Cardiology, Washington University School of Medicine2005 - 2007

Licensure and Board Certification

  • Israel Health Ministry license to practice medicine 1997
  • General Pediatrics – Israel Health Ministry, license 2001
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates 2002
  • MO, State of Missouri Medical License 2007


  • Award of Excellence (cum laude) for graduate M.D. thesis1997
  • Best Doctors in America2015 - Pres
  • Best Doctors in Saint Louis2015 - Pres

Recent Publications view all (32)

  1. Epidemiology of Noninvasive Ventilation in Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Units Pediatric Critical care Medicine. 2017. PMID:28742724 
  2. Identifying Risk for Acute Kidney Injury in Infants and Children Following Cardiac Arrest. Pediatric Critical care Medicine. 2017. PMID:28737594 
  3. A Novel Surgical Approach to Mechanical Circulatory Support in Univentricular Infants. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2017. PMID:28720202 
  4. Recommendations for utilization of the paracorporeal lung assist device in neonates and young children with pulmonary hypertension. Pediatr Transplant. 2016;20(2):256-70. PMID:26899454 
  5. Successful bridge through transplantation with berlin heart ventricular assist device in a child with failing fontan. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015;99(2):707-9. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2014.04.064  PMID:25639417 
  6. Incidence of Platelet Dysfunction by Thromboelastography-Platelet Mapping in Children Supported with ECMO: A Pilot Retrospective Study. Front Pediatr. 2015;3:116. doi:10.3389/fped.2015.00116  PMID:26779465 
  7. Cerebral tissue oxygenation index and SIDS. Pediatrics. 2014;134(3):598-9. doi:10.1542/peds.2014-1875  PMID:25157009 
  8. Paracorporeal lung assist devices as a bridge to recovery or lung transplantation in neonates and young children. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014;147(1):420-6. PMID:24199759 
  9. Ex vivo, microelectrode analysis of conduction through the AV node of wild-type and Nkx2-5 mutant mouse hearts as guided by a Cx40-eGFP transgenic reporter. Physiol Rep. 2014;2(4):e00285. doi:10.14814/phy2.285  PMCID:PMC4001877  PMID:24771692 
  10. Paracorporeal lung assist device: an innovative surgical strategy for bridging to lung transplant in an infant with severe pulmonary hypertension caused by alveolar capillary dysplasia. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013. doi:10.1016/j.jtcvs.2013.06.014  PMID:23871141 
  11. Neonatal paracorporeal lung assist device for respiratory failure. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013;95(2):692-4. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.05.128  PMID:23336880 
  12. Perioperative management of the pediatric cardiac transplantation patient. Curr Treat Options Cardiovasc Med. 2011;13(5):425-43. doi:10.1007/s11936-011-0143-8  PMID:21773731 
  13. Emerging technologies. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2011;12(4 Suppl):S55-61. doi:10.1097/PCC.0b013e3182211c2b  PMID:22129551 
  14. First experience with a paracorporeal artificial lung in a small child with pulmonary hypertension. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2011;141(6):e48-50. doi:10.1016/j.jtcvs.2011.02.005  PMID:21420104 
  15. Impact of pulmonary vascular resistances in heart transplantation for congenital heart disease. Curr Cardiol Rev. 2011;7(2):59-66. doi:10.2174/157340311797484213  PMCID:PMC3197090  PMID:22548028 
  16. To-and-fro murmur in the young due to major congenital cardiac defects: is cardiac auscultation obsolete? Cardiol Young. 2010;20(6):707-8. doi:10.1017/S1047951110001393  PMID:20887646 
  17. Dexmedetomidine and pulmonary artery pressure in the pediatric cardiac surgery patient--A new insight. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2010;11(5):634-5. doi:10.1097/PCC.0b013e3181d505e3  PMID:20823739 
  18. Fresh goat's milk for infants: myths and realities--a review. Pediatrics. 2010;125(4):e973-7. doi:10.1542/peds.2009-1906  PMID:20231186 
  19. Care of the pediatric cardiac surgery patient--part 2. Curr Probl Surg. 2010;47(4):261-376. doi:10.1067/j.cpsurg.2009.12.003  PMID:20207257 
  20. Care of the pediatric cardiac surgery patient--part 1. Curr Probl Surg. 2010;47(3):185-250. doi:10.1067/j.cpsurg.2009.11.006  PMID:20159189 
  21. In brief. Curr Probl Surg. 2010;47(3):182-3. doi:10.1067/j.cpsurg.2009.11.005  PMID:20159188 
  22. Mechanical circulatory support of the critically ill child awaiting heart transplantation. Curr Cardiol Rev. 2010;6(1):46-53. doi:10.2174/157340310790231617  PMCID:PMC2845794  PMID:21286278 
  23. Hypoplastic left heart associated with scimitar syndrome. Pediatr Cardiol. 2009;30(7):1037-8. doi:10.1007/s00246-009-9479-1  PMID:19495846 
  24. Pharmaceutical management of decompensated heart failure syndrome in children: current state of the art and a new approach. Curr Treat Options Cardiovasc Med. 2009;11(5):403-9. PMID:19846039 
  25. Pediatric primary cardiac tumors: diagnosis and treatment. Curr Treat Options Cardiovasc Med. 2007;9(5):399-406. PMID:17897569 
  26. Electrocardiographic diagnosis of myocardial ischemia in children: is a diagnostic electrocardiogram always diagnostic? Pediatrics. 2007;120(2):440-4. doi:10.1542/peds.2007-0170  PMID:17671071 
  27. Fetal cardiac rhabdomyoma: a sheep or a wolf? J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2007;20(4):343-8. doi:10.1080/14767050601158297  PMID:17437243 
  28. Neurological manifestations of an acute abdomen in children. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2005;21(9):594-7. PMID:16160664 
  29. Percutaneous transaortic occlusion of patent ductus arteriosus using a new versatile angiographic and delivery catheter. Pediatr Cardiol. 2003;24(5):482-3. doi:10.1007/s00246-002-0235-z  PMID:14627318 
  30. Cardiac manifestations in thiamine-responsive megaloblastic anemia syndrome. Pediatr Cardiol. 2003;24(5):476-81. doi:10.1007/s00246-002-0215-3  PMID:14627317 
  31. [Carbon monoxide: an essential modulator of blood vessel tone]. Harefuah. 1997;132(7):494-9. PMID:9153923 
  32. Outcome prediction following complex congenital heart disease operations-The intensivist perspective Pediatric Critical care Medicine. PMID:30395109 
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