B A Reitz

Stanford Medicine, Stanford, California, United States

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  • The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 04/2015; 34(4):S171-S172. DOI:10.1016/j.healun.2015.01.466 · 5.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Outcomes of single- and double-lung transplantation have not been rigorously assessed since the allocation of donor lungs according to medical need as quantified by the Lung Allocation Score, which began in 2005. To compare outcomes in single- and double-lung transplant recipients since the Lung Allocation Score was implemented. In this exploratory analysis, adults with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who underwent lung transplantation in the United States between May 4, 2005, and December 31, 2012, were identified in the United Network for Organ Sharing thoracic registry, with follow-up to December 31, 2012. Posttransplantation graft survival was assessed with Kaplan-Meier analysis. Propensity scores were used to control for treatment selection bias. A multivariable flexible parametric prognostic model was used to characterize the time-varying hazard associated with single- vs double-lung transplantation. Single- or double-lung transplantation. Composite of posttransplant death and graft failure (retransplantation). Patients with IPF (n = 4134, of whom 2010 underwent single-lung and 2124 underwent double-lung transplantation) or COPD (n = 3174, of whom 1299 underwent single-lung and 1875 underwent double-lung transplantation) were identified as having undergone lung transplantation since May 2005. Median follow-up was 23.5 months. Of the patients with IPF, 1380 (33.4%) died and 115 (2.8%) underwent retransplantation; of the patients with COPD, 1138 (34.0%) died and 59 (1.9%) underwent retransplantation. After confounders were controlled for with propensity score analysis, double-lung transplants were associated with better graft survival in patients with IPF (adjusted median survival, 65.2 months [interquartile range {IQR}, 21.4-91.3 months] vs 50.4 months [IQR, 17.0-87.5 months]; P < .001) but not in patients with COPD (adjusted median survival, 67.7 months [IQR, 25.2-89.6 months] vs 64.0 months [IQR, 25.2-88.7 months]; P = .23). The interaction between diagnosis type (COPD or IPF) and graft failure was significant (P = .049). Double-lung transplants had a time-varying association with graft survival; a decreased instantaneous late hazard for death or graft failure among patients with IPF was noted at 1 year and persisted at 5 years postoperatively (instantaneous hazard at 5 years, hazard ratio, 0.67 [95% CI, 0.52-0.84] in patients with IPF and 0.89 [95% CI, 0.71-1.13] in patients with COPD). In an exploratory analysis of registry data since implementation of a medical need-based lung allocation system, double-lung transplantation was associated with better graft survival than single-lung transplantation in patients with IPF. In patients with COPD, there was no survival difference between single- and double-lung transplant recipients at 5 years.
    JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association 03/2015; 313(9):936-48. DOI:10.1001/jama.2015.1175 · 30.39 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Surgical myectomy and alcohol septal ablation (ASA) aim to decrease left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) gradient in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Outcome of myectomy beyond 10 years has rarely been described. We describe 20 years of follow-up of surgical myectomy and 5 years of follow-up for ASA performed for obstructive HCM.
    Journal of Cardiology 09/2014; DOI:10.1016/j.jjcc.2014.08.010 · 2.57 Impact Factor
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    American Journal of Transplantation 07/2014; 14(8). DOI:10.1111/ajt.12817 · 6.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Combined heart-liver transplant (HLT) is a viable therapy for patients with concomitant end-stage heart and liver failure. Using data from the United Network for Organ Sharing database, we examined the cumulative incidences of transplant and mortality in waitlisted candidates for HLT, isolated heart transplant (HRT) and isolated liver transplant (LIV) in the Model for End-Stage Liver Disease era. The incidence of waitlist mortality was higher in HLT candidates than in HRT candidates (p = 0.001, 26% vs. 12% at 1 year) or LIV candidates (p = 0.005, 26% vs. 14% at 1 year). These differences persisted after stratifying by disease severity. Posttransplant survival was not significantly different between HLT and HRT recipients or between HLT and LIV recipients. In a multivariable model, undergoing HLT was associated with enhanced survival for HLT candidates (hazard ratio, 0.41; confidence interval, 0.21-0.79; p = 0.008), but undergoing HRT alone was not. Interestingly, 90% of HLT recipients were allocated an organ locally, compared to 60% of HRT candidates and 73% of LIV candidates (both p < 0.001). These data suggest that the current cardiac and liver allocation systems may underestimate the risk of death for patients with concomitant end-stage heart and liver failure on the HLT waitlist.
    American Journal of Transplantation 02/2014; 14(3). DOI:10.1111/ajt.12595 · 6.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In patients with end-stage heart failure (ESHF) who are candidates for isolated heart transplant (HRT), dialysis dependence (DD) is considered an indication for combined heart-kidney transplantation (HKT). HKT remains controversial in ESHF transplant candidates with nondialysis-dependent renal insufficiency (NDDRI). Using United Network for Organ Sharing data, we examined the cumulative incidences of transplant and mortality in patients with DD and NDDRI waitlisted for HKT or HRT. In all groups, 3-month waitlist mortality was dismal: 31% and 21% for HRT- and HKT-listed patients with DD and 12% and 7% for HRT- and HKT-listed patients with NDDRI. Five-year posttransplant survival was improved in HKT recipients compared with HRT recipients for both patients with DD (73% vs. 51%, p < 0.001) and NDDRI (80% vs. 69%, p < 0.001). Likewise, multivariable analysis associated HKT with better outcomes than HRT in HKT-listed patients, although both improved survival. These data argue strongly for HKT in ESHF transplant candidates with DD. However, in patients with NDDRI, HKT must be weighed against the possibility of renal recovery with isolated HRT. Whether HRT (followed by a staged kidney transplant in patients who do not recover renal function after HRT), as opposed to HKT, maximizes organ benefit for patients with NDDRI and ESHF requires assessment. Nevertheless, given their dismal waitlist outcomes and excellent posttransplant results, we suggest that patients with DD and NDDRI with ESHF be considered for early listing and transplant.
    American Journal of Transplantation 11/2013; 14(2). DOI:10.1111/ajt.12522 · 6.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To assess the pattern of the adoption of internal mammary artery (IMA) grafting in the United States, test its association with clinical outcomes, and assess whether its effectiveness differs in key clinical subgroups. The effect of IMA grafting on major clinical outcomes has never been tested in a large randomized trial, yet it is now a quality standard for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. We identified Medicare beneficiaries aged ≥66 years who underwent isolated multivessel CABG between 1988 and 2008, and documented patterns of IMA use over time. We used a multivariable propensity score to match patients with and without an IMA, and compared rates of death, myocardial infarction (MI), and repeat revascularization. We tested for variations in IMA effectiveness using treatment by covariate interaction tests. IMA use in CABG rose slowly from 31% in 1988 to 91% in 2008, with persistent wide geographic variations. Among 60,896 propensity score matched patients over a median 6.8 year follow-up, IMA use was associated with lower all-cause mortality (adjusted hazard ratio 0.77, p<0.001), lower death or MI (adjusted hazard ratio 0.77, p<0.001), and fewer repeat revascularization over five years (8% vs. 9%, p<0.001). The association between IMA use and lower mortality was significantly weaker (p≤0.008) for older patients, women, and for patients with diabetes or peripheral arterial disease. IMA grafting was adopted slowly and still shows substantial geographic variation. IMA use is associated with lower rates of death, MI and repeat coronary revascularization.
    Journal of the American College of Cardiology 09/2013; 63(1). DOI:10.1016/j.jacc.2013.08.1632 · 15.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Lung transplant (LUT) and heart-lung transplant (HLT) represent surgical options for treating medically refractory idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH). The effect of the lung allocation score (LAS) on waitlist and transplant outcomes in IPAH patients is poorly described. METHODS AND RESULTS: Adults diagnosed with IPAH and listed for transplant in the 80 months before and after the LAS algorithm was implemented (N=1430) were identified in the United Network for Organ Sharing thoracic registry. Patients were stratified by organ listed and pre- and post-LAS era. The cumulative incidences of transplant and mortality for waitlisted patients in both eras were appraised with competing outcomes analysis. Post-transplant survival was assessed with the Kaplan-Meier method. These analyses were repeated in propensity-matched subgroups. Cox proportional hazards analysis evaluated the effect of pre-listing and pre-transplant characteristics on mortality. We found that post-LAS-era patients had significantly worse comorbidities; nevertheless, both LUT and HLT candidates in this era enjoyed lower waitlist mortality and a higher incidence of transplant in our unmatched and propensity-matched analyses. On multivariable analysis, HLT and double-lung transplant (DLT) were associated with improved survival from the time of waitlisting, as was being listed at a medium-to-high-volume institution. Donor/recipient gender matching predicted post-transplant survival. CONCLUSIONS: The incidence of transplant has increased while waitlist mortality has decreased in IPAH patients waitlisted for transplant in the post-LAS era. Both HLT and DLT are predictive of survival in transplant candidates with IPAH, as is being listed at a medium-to-high-volume institution. Donor/recipient gender-matching is associated with better post-transplant survival.
    Circulation 05/2013; 129(16). DOI:10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.112.001080 · 14.95 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Allosensitization in potential orthotopic heart transplant recipients is evaluated with the panel reactive antibody assay. Sensitized patients have prolonged wait times and increased waitlist and post-transplant mortality. Although low panel reactive antibody activity at the time of orthotopic heart transplantation is associated with improved outcomes, literature regarding the survival benefit of a panel reactive antibody reduction in the sensitized orthotopic heart transplant recipient remains limited. METHODS: Adult orthotopic heart transplant recipients listed in the United Network for Organ Sharing database (October 1, 1987, to June 29, 2004) were stratified by peak panel reactive antibody activity and whether a substantial decline from peak to most recent panel reactive antibody activity occurred before transplant. Propensity matching adjusted for differences in recipient and donor characteristics. Graft survival was assessed with Kaplan-Meier analysis. Cox proportional hazards regression determined predictors of graft survival. RESULTS: Pretransplant characteristics differed between sensitized patients who had a substantial decline in panel reactive antibody activity and those who did not. Propensity matching compensated for these differences. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis of matched groups showed that the median graft survival was 120 months in patients with a significant panel reactive antibody reduction and 103 months in patients with a trivial reduction (P = .007, log-rank). In Cox proportional hazards modeling, a significant reduction in panel reactive antibody activity had an independent protective effect on graft survival (hazard ratio, 0.88; confidence interval, 0.80-0.96; P = .006). CONCLUSIONS: Sensitized patients who had a substantial reduction in panel reactive antibody activity had an associated decline in the incidence of graft failure compared with those without a panel reactive antibody activity reduction. These results support efforts to reduce panel reactive antibody activity before orthotopic heart transplantation in patients with high panel reactive antibody activity.
    The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 12/2012; DOI:10.1016/j.jtcvs.2012.10.025 · 3.99 Impact Factor
  • The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 04/2012; 31(4):S52. DOI:10.1016/j.healun.2012.01.132 · 5.61 Impact Factor
  • The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 04/2012; 31(4):S64. DOI:10.1016/j.healun.2012.01.169 · 5.61 Impact Factor
  • Bruce A Reitz
    The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 04/2011; 141(4):867-9. DOI:10.1016/j.jtcvs.2010.12.014 · 3.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The use of ventricular assist devices (VADs) to bridge pediatric patients to heart transplantation has increased dramatically over the last 15 years. In this report, we present the largest US single-center report of pediatric VAD use to date. We present detailed descriptions of morbidity and mortality associated with VAD support, using standard Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (INTERMACS) criteria for pediatrics to facilitate the comparison of these results to other studies. We retrospectively identified 25 patients younger than 18 years with 27 episodes of mechanical circulatory support using VADs as bridge to heart transplantation from January 1998 to December 2007. Survival to transplant for the entire cohort was 74%. The most common major morbidities, as defined by INTERMACS criteria for a pediatric population, were respiratory failure, major localized infections, major bleeding events, hepatic dysfunction, and right heart failure. Major neurological events occurred in 48% of the study population. The median time to the first occurrence of an adverse event was less than 14 days for respiratory failure, right heart failure, major localized infection, and major bleeding. Patients who died before transplantation had significantly more adverse events per day of support than did those who were successfully transplanted. Episodes of major bleeding, tamponade, acute renal failure, respiratory failure, and right heart failure were all associated with increased risk of mortality. INTERMACS criteria can be successfully used to analyze pediatric VAD outcomes. These data serve as a baseline for future studies of VAD support in children and indicate good survival rates but considerable morbidity.
    Circulation Heart Failure 11/2010; 3(6):682-8. DOI:10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.109.918672 · 5.95 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Direct thrombin inhibitors are heparin alternatives for anticoagulation during cardiopulmonary bypass in patients with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. We report a case of a large thrombus forming in the venous reservoir while using bivalirudin. We suggest that blood stasis associated with the full venous reservoir maintained in this case led to formation of a large thrombus at the top of the venous canister. Furthermore, activated clotting times may not accurately reflect the magnitude of anticoagulation when using direct thrombin inhibitors.
    Anesthesia and analgesia 09/2010; 111(3):609-12. DOI:10.1213/ANE.0b013e3181e9ead3 · 3.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Long-term survival after heart-lung transplantation was first achieved in 1981 at Stanford and a total of 217 heart-lung transplantations had been performed by June 2008. This review summarizes Stanford's cumulative experience with heart-lung transplantation, demonstrates the progress that has been made, and discusses past and persistent problems. Diagnostic tools and treatment options for infectious diseases and rejection have changed and patient survival markedly improved over the almost three decades. Eight patients lived longer than 20 years. Further options to treat infections and strategies to control bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome, the main causes of early and long-term mortality, respectively, are required to achieve routine long-term survival.
    The Annals of thoracic surgery 07/2010; 90(1):329-37. DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2010.01.023 · 3.65 Impact Factor
  • The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon 02/2010; 58(S 01). DOI:10.1055/s-0029-1247071 · 1.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Inadequate left atrial cuff surrounding donor pulmonary veins may present a technical challenge for successful lung transplantation. A simple technique for construction of venous anastomoses during lung transplantation when donor atrial cuff is lacking involves circumferential incorporation of surrounding donor pericardium into the anastomosis without directly suturing or augmenting donor venous structures.
    The Annals of thoracic surgery 10/2009; 88(4):1374-6. DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2008.11.031 · 3.65 Impact Factor
  • Tobias Deuse, Bruce A Reitz
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    ABSTRACT: Situs inversus totalis is a condition with left-to-right reversal of the viscera combined with dextrocardia. It has long been regarded a contraindication for thoracic transplantation. Reconstruction of the mirror-image systemic venous pathways to accommodate normal donor organs remains the main surgical challenge. Here we present our simplified surgical technique for combined heart-lung transplantation and provide a concise review of the literature. (Ann Thorac Surg 2009;88:1002-3) (C) 2009 by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
    The Annals of thoracic surgery 10/2009; 88(3):1002-3. DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2009.01.060 · 3.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Delirium is a neurobehavioral syndrome caused by the transient disruption of normal neuronal activity secondary to systemic disturbances. The authors investigated the effects of postoperative sedation on the development of delirium in patients undergoing cardiac-valve procedures. Patients underwent elective cardiac surgery with a standardized intraoperative anesthesia protocol, followed by random assignment to one of three postoperative sedation protocols: dexmedetomidine, propofol, or midazolam. The incidence of delirium for patients receiving dexmedetomidine was 3%, for those receiving propofol was 50%, and for patients receiving midazolam, 50%. Patients who developed postoperative delirium experienced significantly longer intensive-care stays and longer total hospitalization. The findings of this open-label, randomized clinical investigation suggest that postoperative sedation with dexmedetomidine was associated with significantly lower rates of postoperative delirium and lower care costs.
    Psychosomatics 05/2009; 50(3):206-17. DOI:10.1176/appi.psy.50.3.206 · 1.67 Impact Factor
  • Tobias Deuse, Bruce A Reitz
    The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 03/2009; 139(2):501-3. DOI:10.1016/j.jtcvs.2008.12.011 · 3.99 Impact Factor

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8k Citations
1,993.22 Total Impact Points


  • 1978–2014
    • Stanford Medicine
      • • Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
      • • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
      • • Falk Cardiovascular Research Center
      • • Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
      Stanford, California, United States
  • 1979–2013
    • Stanford University
      • • Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
      • • Department of Pediatrics
      • • Falk Cardiovascular Research Center
      • • Division of Vascular Surgery
      Palo Alto, California, United States
  • 2004
    • Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford
      Palo Alto, California, United States
  • 2000
    • The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • 1998
    • Nagoya University
      • Division of Thoracic Surgery
      Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken, Japan
  • 1986–1997
    • Johns Hopkins Medicine
      • • Division of Cardiac Surgery
      • • Department of Surgery
      Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • 1985–1996
    • University of Maryland, Baltimore
      Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • 1989–1993
    • Johns Hopkins University
      • Division of Cardiac Surgery
      Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • 1975
    • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
      Maryland, United States