Dr. Anthony Caffarelli

Dr. Anthony Caffarelli Dr. Anthony Caffarelli grew up in a military family on the East Coast. He joined the United States Marine Corps directly out of high school, completing infantry school at Camp Lejeune. He was stationed with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, serving as squad leader. After military service, Dr. Caffarelli returned to school, first enrolling at Skyline Junior College in San Bruno, California then transferring to University of California, Davis where he earned a degree in biochemistry. He went on to medical school at the University of California, Irvine, earning his degree in medicine in 2000. He then returned to Northern California to complete his internship and residencies in general and thoracic surgery at Stanford School of Medicine, including Chief Residencies in Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery and Chief Resident in Thoracic Transplantation. Throughout his tenure at Stanford, he received numerous awards including the John Henry Smith, III, M.D., "Outstanding Surgical Resident of the Year" Award in 2007 and the Western Thoracic Surgical Association, Norman E. Shumway Award in 2009.

Dr. Anthony Caffarelli joined Raney Zusman Medical Group in July, 2010. Trained in some of the most innovative state-of-the-art cardiovascular and thoracic surgical techniques, he has particular interest in all aspects of cardiothoracic surgery, especially valve repairs (both aortic and mitral), bicuspid aortic valve disease and aortopathy, aortic surgery with valve-sparing root procedures, ventricular assist devices, minimally invasive mitral procedures, surgical treatments for intervention of atrial fibrillation and video-assisted thoracic surgery.

Dr. Caffarelli and his wife, Jennifer, currently reside in Newport Beach with their two children, Tyler and Kate.


Medical school:

University of California, Irvine, 1996-2000

Specialty training:

Stanford University Medical Center, 2000-2010
> General Surgery

> Cardiothoracic Surgery

> Thoracic Transplantation


Board Certification:

Diplomate, American Board of Surgery

Specialty Interests:

Mitral Valve Repair
Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
Aortic Valve Surgery (Replacement and Repair)
Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery


Honors and Awards

2009 Western Thoracic Surgical Association, Norman E. Shumway Award
2008 Participant, Intensive Course in Clinical Research: Study Design and Performance,
Stanford Center for Clinical & Translational Education & Research
2008 Fellow Delegate, Stanford School of Medicine Annual Strategic Leadership
2007 John Henry Smith, III, M.D., "Outstanding Surgical Resident of the Year" Award
2007 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award for "Humanism and Excellence in Teaching"
2006 Administrative Chief Resident, Stanford General Surgery
2005 Outstanding Resident Award in Surgical Critical Care
2005 Resident Delegate to Association for Surgical Education
2003 Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education Grant
2000 J.G. Hatfield Senior Surgical Award
1996 Medical Education Service Award
1995 Research Scholar, UC-Davis


Academic Positions

2006-2007 Administrative Chief Resident, Department of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, Stanford University
2003-2004 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Laboratory ofCardiothoracic Transplantation,Stanford University.
1999-2000 Research Fellow, University orCA - Irvine, Department of Surgery, Section of Trauma.
1994-1995 Undergraduate Research Fellow, University ofCA - Davis, Microbiology Department


Journal Articles

1. Caffarelli AD, Mallidi HR, Maggio PM, Spain DA, Miller DC, Mitchell RS. Early Outcomes of Deliberate Nonoperative Management for Blunt Thoracic Aortic Injury in Trauma. (J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, in press)
2. Fann, JI, Caffarelli AD, Georgette G, Howard SK, Gaba DM, Youngblood P, Mitchell RS,Burdon T A. Improvement in coronary anastomosis with cardiac surgery simulation. JThorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2008 Dec;136(6): 1486-91.
3. Hung TC, Suzuki Y, Urashima T, Caffarelli AD, Hoyt G, Sheikh AY, Yeung AC, Weissman I, Robbins RC, Bulte JW, Yang PC. Multimodality evaluation ofthe viability of stem cells delivered into different zones of myocardial infarction. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2008 Jul; 1 (1 ):6-13.
4. Caffarelli AD, Wren SM. Management of the Postoperative General Surgery Patient: Essentials for the Intensivist. PCCU, Lesson 20, American College of Chest Physicians, 2006.
5. Caffarelli AD, Holden JP, Baron EJ, Lemmens JM, D'Souza H, Yau V, Olcott C, Reitz BA, Miller DC, van der StaITe PI Plasma cefazolin levels during cardiovascular surgery:effects of cardiopulmonary bypass and profound hypothermic circulatory arrest. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2006 Jun;13} (6): 1338-43.
6. Caffarelli AD, Banovae F, Cheung SC, Fleischmann, Mitchell RS. Unusual case oflate thoracic stent graft failure after cardioversion. Ann Thorac Surg. 2006 May;81 (5): 1875-7.
7. Swijnenburg RJ, Tanaka M, Vogel H, Baker J, Kofidis T, Gunawan F, Lebl DR, Caffarelli AD, de Bruin JL, Fedoseyeva EV, Robbins RC. Embryonic stem cell immunogcnicity increases upon differentiation after transplantation into ischemic myocardium. Circulation. 2005 Aug 30;112(9 Suppl):1l66-n.
8. Tanaka M, Swijnenburg RJ, Gunawan F, Cao YA, Yang Y, Caffarelli AD, de Bruin JL, Contag CH, Robbins RC. In vivo visualization of cardiac allograft rejection and trafficking passenger leukocytes using bioluminescence imaging. Circulation. 2005 Aug 30;112(9 Suppl):1l 05-1 O.
9. Caffarelli AD, Fann JI, Salerno CT, Johnson F, Jenkins DD, O'Bannon L, Burdon T A.Cardiac allograft aortic dissection: successful repair using a composite valve graft andmodified-cabrol coronary reconstruction. J Card Surg. 2005 Sep-Oct;20(5):450-2.
10. Tanaka M, Gunawan F, Terry RD, Inagaki K, Caffarelli AD, Hoyt G, Tsao PS, MochlyRosenD, Robbins RC. Inhibition of heart transplant injury and graft coronary artery diseaseafter prolonged organ ischemia by selective protein kinase C regulators. J ThoracCardiovasc Surg. 2005 May; 129(5): 1160-7.
11. Ashley EA, Powers J, Chen M, Kundu R, Finsterbach T, Caffarelli A, Deng A, Eichhorn J,Mahajan R, Agrawal R, Greve J, Robbins R, Patterson AJ, Bernstein D, Quertermous T.The endogenous peptide apelin potently improves cardiac contractility and reduces cardiacloading in vivo. Cardiovasc Res. 2005 Jan 1 ;65( 1 ):73-82.
12. Cooke DT, Caffarelli AD, Robbins RC. The road to clinical xenotransplantation: a
worthwhile journey. Transplantation. 2004 Oct 27;78(8): 1108-9.
13. Caffarelli AD, Robbins RC. Will minimally invasive valve replacement ever really beimportant? Curr Opin Cardiol. 2004 Mar; I 9(2): 123-7.
14. Fearon WF, Farouque HM, Balsam LB, Caffarelli AD, Cooke DT, Robbins RC, FitzgeraldPJ, Yeung AC, Yock PG. Comparison of coronary thermodilution and Doppler velocity forassessing coronary flow reserve. Circulation. 2003 Nov 4; 1 08( 18):2198-200. Epub 2003Oct 20. Erratum in: Circulation. 2003 Dec 23;108(25):3165.
15. Fearon WF, Balsam LB, Farouque HM, Caffarelli AD, Robbins RC, Fitzgerald PJ, YockPG, Yeung AC. Novel index for invasivelyassessing the coronary microcirculation.Circulation. 2003 Jul 1; 1 07(25):3129-32. Epub 2003 Jun 23. Erratum in: Circulation. 2003Dec 23;108(25):3165.
16. Oda MN, Scott SV, Hefuer-Gravink A, Caffarelli AD, Klionsky DJ. Identification ofa cytoplasm to vacuole targeting determinant in aminopeptidase 1. J Cell BioI. 1996; 132(6):999-1010


Book Chapters

1. Caffarelli AD, van der Starre P, Mitchell RS. Ascending and Arch Aneurysms of the Aorta.In Yuh DD, Vricella LA, Baumgartner W, eds: The Johns Hopkins Manual ofCardiothoracic Surgery. McGraw Hill 2007.

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