All Children's Specialty Physicians
About Dr. James A. Quintessenza, M.D.
Dr. Quintessenza is the Medical Director of the Johns Hopkins All Children's Heart Institute and Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine. He joined the All Children's medical staff at in 1988 and was one of the cardiothoracic surgeons who performed All Children's first pediatric heart transplant in 1995. He is an Attending Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon with Johns Hopkins Children's Heart Surgery and serves as the program's site director for All Children's Hospital.
After receiving his medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine through the Junior Honors Medical Program, Dr. Quintessenza completed a five-year General Surgery residency at University of Florida and also served as General Surgery Chief Resident. He spent an additional two years completing a residency in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of California, San Diego, where he received the Chairman's Prize in the Department of Surgery.
In addition to an extended pediatric cardiac surgery fellowship experience under Dr. George Daicoff, Dr. Quintessenza studied pediatric cardiac surgery at a number of well-known international centers including Boston Children's Hospital, Hospital Marie-Lanelonge (Paris, France), UCLA Medical Center, USC Medical Center and Loma Linda Medical Center.
Dr. Quintessenza is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, with Certification in Congenital Heart Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (STSA), and The Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society (CHSS).
Dr. Quintessenza's varied research interests include the development of innovative surgical techniques, as exemplified by his invention of a novel pulmonary valve that is now used in multiple institutions.
In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Quintessenza has expertise and interest in healthcare leadership and alignment between medical institutions and physician.