Listed below is an abbreviated list of articles written by Francis Robcisek, MD covering cardiac research, the Heineman Medical Outreach, Inc., and international outreach projects.

Fokin A, Robicsek F, Watts L, Tickle TL, Bennett KE, Bahrani-Mostafavi Z, Masters TN: “Genetic Analysis of Connective Tissue in Patients with Congential Thoracic Abnormalities. Ineract CardioVasc Thorac Surg 2008;7:56

Robicsek F. Robotic cardiac surgery: Time told! J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, 2008

Robicsek F. Editorial. Search for a better mousetrap. The quest for an ideal method of sternal
Eur J Card-Thorac Surg. 2008 May;33(5):767-8.

Robicsek F. Discussion ( of Lin BH, Barshes NR, Albo D, Kougias P, Berger DH, Huynh TT, LeMaire SA, Dardik A, Lee WA, Coselli JS. Concomitant colorectal cancer and abdominal aortic aneurysm: evolution of treatment paradigm in the endovascular era. J Am Coll Surg. 2008 May;206(5):1065-73). J Am Coll Surg. 2008 May;206(5):1074-5 (Discussion).

Robicsek F. Surgery for Recurrent Coarctation. Thorac Cardiov Surg. 2008;56(6):378. “Correction of
Coarctation of Aorta in Adult Patients – Impact of Corrective Procedure on Long-Term Recoarctation and Systolic Hypertension.
Duara and colleagues, Thorac Cardiov Surg 2008;56:83-86.

Robicsek F, Fokin AA. Complications of midline sternotomy. GA Patterson, et al., editors, 3rd Edition Pearson, Churchill Livingston, Philadelphia, PA, 2008, vol. I, pp 1253-70 (ISBN:978-0443068515).

Robicsek F, Fokin AA, Watts LT. Complications of pectus deformity repair. GA Patterson, et al., editors, 3rd Edition Pearson, Churchill Livingston, Philadelphia, PA, 2008, vol. I, pp 1340-50 (ISBN:978-0443068515).

Robicsek F. Editorial: Will the use of percutaneous aortic valves remain “compassionate”? Eur J
Card-Thorac Surg. 2008:5440.

Robicsek F. Letter to the Editor. Hypertension in coarctation. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2008 Jun;135(6):1405-6. Coarctation Long-Term Assessment (COALA):Significance of arterial hypertension in a cohort of 404 patients up to 27 years after surgical repair of isolated coarctation of the aorta, even in the absence of restenosis and prosthetic material.” Hager A. and colleagues, J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2007 Sep;134(3):738-45.

Robicsek F. Chapter on Francis Robicsek, MD, PhD. Pgs. 316-21. In: William S. Stoney’s Pioneers of Cardiac Surgery. 2008 First Edition Vanderbilt University Press, Nashville. ISBN 978-0-8265-1594-0.

Robicsek F: Reply to the Editor: J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, 2008 July;238. Robicsek F. Robotic cardiac surgery: Time told! J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, 2008 Feb;135(2):243-6.

Beller CJ, Labrosse MR, Thubrikar MJ, Robicsek F. Finite element modeling of the thoracic aorta: Including aortic root motion to evaluate the risk of aortic dissection. J Med Eng Technol. 2008 Mar-Apr;32(2):167-70.

Robicsek F, Fokin A, Watts L. Surigcal treatment of anterior chest deformities. Controvresy upon controversy. European Respiratory Society. Berlin, Germany Eur Resp J. 2008;32(52):497(E2834).

Stamou SC, Camp SL, Reames MK, Skipper E, Stiegel RM, Nussbaum M, Geller R, Robicsek F, Lobdell KW. Continuous quality improvement program and major morbidity after cardiac surgery. Am J Cardiol 2008 Sep;102(6):772-7.

Stamou SC, Camp SL, Turner SL, Stiegel RM, Reames MK, Skipper E, Watts LT, Nussbaum M, Robicsek F, Lobdell KW. Quality improvement program decreases mortality after cardiac surgery. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2008 Aug;136(2)494-9. Online at

Fokin A, Robicsek F, Watts L, Tickle T, Bennett K, Bahrani-Mostafavi Z, Masters T: Gene Expression Profiling of Rib Cartilage in Pectus Excavatum. European Respiratory Society.Berlin, Germany. October 4-8, 2008. Eur Resp J. 2008;32(52):497(E2834).

Robicsek F. Letter to the Editor. J Heart Valve Dis. 2008 Jul;17(4):473. Author reply 473. (Hosono M, Shibata T, Sasaki Y, Hirai H, Bito Y, Takahaski Y, Suehiro S. Left ventricular rupture after mitral valve replacement: Risk factor analysis and outcome of resuscitation. J Heart Valve Dis 2008 Jan;17:42-47).

Robicsek F. Discussion (Cardiac injury during resternotomy does not affect perioperative mortatlity. Ellman PI, Smith RL, Girotti ME, Thompson PW, Peeler BP, Kern JA, Kron IL.) J Am Coll Surg. 2008 May;206(5):993-9). Discussion Southern Surgical Assocation. Author reply Paper #25.

Robicsek F. The duty hours, or How to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Published online in the American Medical Association (AMA) GME e-Letter (Mehta R, Doshi AA, Hasan AK, Love CJ, Pizzuto M, Sai-Sudhakar C, Chan DP. Research correspondence. Device interaction in patients with advanced cardiomyopathy. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2008;51(16):1613-4.

Robicsek F, Watts L, Fokin A: Complications of Pectus Excavatum. XXXVI Biennial World Congress of the Internationl College of Surgeons. Vienna, Austria. December 3-6, 2008. Abstract Book 2008:26.