George M. Pantalos , Ph.D.
CII Investigator, Artificial Organs and Circulatory Assist Devices
Dr. Pantalos has been a cardiovascular explorer for over 40 years. He has been a Professor of Surgery and Bioengineering at the University of Louisville, in partnership with Jewish Hospital, since July 2000, after holding similar appointments at the University of Utah for 17 years.
His efforts to understand cardiovascular function have focused on treating heart failure with mechanical devices including artificial hearts and ventricular assist devices, which he has helped develop, test and implement clinically in patients with two legs and with four legs, with big hearts and with little hearts. He has also collaborated with NASA for many years helping to understand cardiovascular adaptation to the weightlessness of space flight and the return to Earth.
George as flown 27 research missions on the NASA Zero-G airplane and has led the development of a cardiovascular experiment that included an artificial heart, which has flown twice on the Space Shuttle Discovery. With his fellow students, staff, faculty and patients, his motto has always been, “Share the adventure!”