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

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Professor of Pediatrics, Critical Care Medicine
Critical Care MedicineCardiology

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 effort to translational research as a site PI for a multicenter NIH study evaluating the T3 data acquisition and display platform as well as the IDO2 algorithm in the care of critically ill children with cardiac disease.


  • MD, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology1997


  • Residency , 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

  • 1997Israel Health Ministry license to practice medicine
  • 2001General Pediatrics – Israel Health Ministry, license
  • 2002Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
  • 2007MO, State of Missouri Medical License
  • 2019 - PresAmerican Board of Pediatrics
  • 2020 - PresAmerican Board of Pediatrics/Critical Care Medicine

Honors and Awards

  • 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 (45)

  1. Comparison between BNP and NT-proBNP in pediatric populations Clinical Biochemistry. 2022;5. PMID:35940296 
  2. Early Extubation Following Congenital Heart Surgery: Time to move on. PCCM. 2022;23(7):566-567. PMID:35797573 
  3. Acute Vital Signs Changes Are Underrepresented By A Conventional Electronic Health Record When Compared To Automatically Acquired Data In A Single Center Tertiary Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit JAMIA. 2022. PMID:35301538 
  4. Use of a Risk Analytic Algorithm to Inform Weaning From Vasoactive Medication in Patients Following Pediatric Cardiac Surgery CCE. 2021;3(11):e0563. doi:10.1097/CCE.0000000000000563  PMCID:PMC8556040  PMID:34729493 
  5. Evolution of Ventricular Assist Device Support Strategies in Children with Single Ventricle Physiology: A Single Center Experience. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2021;S0003-4975(21):01758-6. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.09.043  PMID:34710386 
  6. Comprehensive Context-Responsive Anticoagulation Guideline Use Is Associated With Reduced Bleeding and Thrombotic Complications and Less RBC Transfusion In Neonatal And Pediatric Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Front. Cardiovasc. Med. 2021. doi:doi.org/10.3389/fcvm.2021.637106  
  7. TEG Platelet Mapping and Impedance Aggregometry to Predict Platelet Transfusion during Cardiopulmonary Bypass in Pediatric Patients Frontiers. 2019. PMCID:PMC6921926  PMID:31921722 
  8. Inadequate oxygen delivery index dose is associated with cardiac arrest risk in neonates following cardiopulmonary bypass surgery. Resuscitation. 2019;142:74-80. PMID:31325555 
  9. Moderate-severe primary graft dysfunction after pediatric heart transplantation. Pediatric transplantation. 2019. PMID:30609166 
  10. Outcome prediction following complex congenital heart disease operations-The intensivist perspective. Pediatric Critical care Medicine. 2018;19(11):1083-1084. PMID:30395109 
  11. Successful pre-operative bridge with ECMO in 3 neonates with D-TGA and pulmonary hypertension. Pediatric Cardiology. 2018;28(9):1175-1177. PMID:29991376 
  12. Neurologic outcomes in pediatric cardiac arrest survivors enrolled in the THAPCA trials. Neurology. 2018;91(2):e123-e131. PMID:29884735 
  13. Neurobehavioural outcomes in children after In-Hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2018;124:80-89. PMID:29305927 
  14. Epidemiology of Noninvasive Ventilation in Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Units. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2017. PMID:28742724 
  15. Identifying Risk for Acute Kidney Injury in Infants and Children Following Cardiac Arrest. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2017. PMID:28737594 
  16. A Novel Surgical Approach to Mechanical Circulatory Support in Univentricular Infants. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2017. PMID:28720202 
  17. Therapeutic Hypothermia after In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in Children. NEJM. 2017;376(4):318-329. PMID:28118559 
  18. 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 
  19. 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 
  20. 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 
  21. Cerebral tissue oxygenation index and SIDS. Pediatrics. 2014;134(3):598-9. doi:10.1542/peds.2014-1875  PMID:25157009 
  22. 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 
  23. 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 
  24. 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 
  25. 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 
  26. 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 
  27. Emerging technologies. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2011;12(4 Suppl):S55-61. doi:10.1097/PCC.0b013e3182211c2b  PMID:22129551 
  28. 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 
  29. 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 
  30. 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 
  31. 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 
  32. 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 
  33. 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 
  34. 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 
  35. In brief. Curr Probl Surg. 2010;47(3):182-3. doi:10.1067/j.cpsurg.2009.11.005  PMID:20159188 
  36. 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 
  37. Hypoplastic left heart associated with scimitar syndrome. Pediatr Cardiol. 2009;30(7):1037-8. doi:10.1007/s00246-009-9479-1  PMID:19495846 
  38. 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 
  39. Pediatric primary cardiac tumors: diagnosis and treatment. Curr Treat Options Cardiovasc Med. 2007;9(5):399-406. PMID:17897569 
  40. 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 
  41. Fetal cardiac rhabdomyoma: a sheep or a wolf? J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2007;20(4):343-8. doi:10.1080/14767050601158297  PMID:17437243 
  42. Neurological manifestations of an acute abdomen in children. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2005;21(9):594-7. PMID:16160664 
  43. 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 
  44. Cardiac manifestations in thiamine-responsive megaloblastic anemia syndrome. Pediatr Cardiol. 2003;24(5):476-81. doi:10.1007/s00246-002-0215-3  PMID:14627317 
  45. [Carbon monoxide: an essential modulator of blood vessel tone]. Harefuah. 1997;132(7):494-9. PMID:9153923 
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