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David M. Kalfa, MD, PhD

Expertise in: 
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric/Congenital Cardiac Surgery
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Treats Children
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Credentials & Experience

Clinical Expertise

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Heart Transplant, Pediatric
  • Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
  • Pediatric Heart Transplant

Education & Training

  • 2011 Universite De Montpellier I
  • 2011 Universite De La Mediterranee (Aix-Marseille)
  • Internship: 2004 University of Montpellier
  • Residency: 2010 Universite De La Mediterranee (Aix-Marseille)
  • Fellowship: 2010 Marie Lannelongue Hospital

Honors & Awards

  • 2020: invited reviewer, NIH Study Section BTSS (Bioengineering, Technology and Surgical Sciences)
  • 2020: selected as Irving Scholar, named “Florence Irving Assistant Professor of Surgery”. Highly competitive Award at Columbia University
  • 2020: Awardee Columbia BiomedX Ignition Grant
  • 2020: Selected by his peers as an outstanding practicing doctor in New York. After an extensive nomination and research process, the results were published in Super Doctors® Rising Stars?, a special advertising section in the May 2020 issue of the New York Times.
  • 2020: American Heart Association (AHA), 2020 Innovative Project Award, selected for Phase 2 application, « Design of a Soft Robotic Cardiac Sensing and Compression Sleeve » Role: PI

About David Kalfa

Dr. David Kalfa is a Board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon with a subspecialization in pediatric cardiac surgery. A Native of France, Dr. Kalfa graduated from Marseilles University Graduate School of Medicine with the highest level of distinction in 2004. During his certification, he developed a research program in Tissue Engineering applied to the field of Congenital Heart Diseases that led to the attainment of numerous grants including a European Research FP7 Grant. He completed a research fellowship in Fondation Alain carpentier/INSERM in Paris and received his PhD degree in 2011 with the highest level of distinction. He then performed a 2-year clinical fellowship in Congenital Cardiovascular Surgery in one of the highest-volume centers (Marie Lannelongue Hospital in Paris) with exposure to highly complicated cases from all age groups (from neonates to adults). He completed a clinical fellowship in Adult Cardiac Surgery at Laval University Hospital in Quebec, Canada (2012-2013). He was then Assistant Attending in Congenital Cardiac Surgery at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital/NYP (2013-2015) and is currently Assistant Professor of Surgery (tenure track) in the Section of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Columbia University, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College.

Academic Titles

  • Florence Irving Assistant Professor of Surgery

Administrative Positions

  • Director, Pediatric Heart Valve Center
  • Surgical Director, Initiative for Pediatric Cardiac Innovation
  • Director, Kalfa research lab

Committee/Societies/Council Memberships

  • Polymers (Reviewer Board Member)
  • World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery (Editorial Board Member)
  • Cardiology Research (Editorial Board Member)
  • Biomaterials and Biomechanics in Bioengineering (Editorial Board Member)
  • Congenital Heart Disease Journal (Editorial Board Member)
  • Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Informatics (Editorial Board Member)
  • SciTechz Stem Cells Research & Therapy (Editorial Board Member)
  • SciTechz Annals of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Diseases (Editorial Board Member)
  • Surgery: Current research (Editorial Board Member)

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children's Hospital
  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital


  • Male

Insurance Accepted


  • Aetna Signature Administrators
  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Student Health

Affinity Health Plan

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs

Amida Care

  • Special Needs

Capital District Physician Health Plan

  • Capital District Physician Health Plan


  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Fidelis Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Health First

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)

  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Health Plus - Amerigroup

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare


  • Traditional Medicare


  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty

United Health Care

  • Columbia Employee POS
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Select Health
  • Special Needs


  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

*Please contact the provider’s office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

Contact & Locations

177 Ft. Washington Avenue
New York, New York 10032
177 Ft. Washington Avenue
New York, New York 10032



  • July 2020 - June 2023: 2020-2023
    Irving Scholar ($180,000 and maned Florence Irving Assistant Professor of Surgery), “an expandable heart valved conduit for children”
    This award supports my research activity on developing an expandable heart valve that can accommodate the growth in children
  • January 2020 – December 2023:
    2020 American Heart Association (AHA) - Children Heart Foundation (CHF) Congenital Heart Defect Research Transformational Project Award ($300,000), “In-vitro and in-vivo mechanical stability and growth of a bio-hybrid heart valve », role: PI
    This grant is aimed to test the mechanical and biological properties of a semi-inert, semi- tissue-engineered heart valve.
  • July 2020 – June 2022:
    2020 Thoracic Surgery Foundation (TSF) Research Award. ($80,000) “Development of An Innovative Biomimetic Patch to Improve The Durability of Valve Repairs”, role: PI.
    This grant tests a new generation of biomimetic biomaterial designed for heart valve repair.
  • July 2020:
    Columbia BiomedX Ignition grant ($20,000), “an expandable heart valved conduit for children”
    This grant is aimed at making the proof of concept of a new type of growing heart valve in a large animal model
  • January 2020 – December 2021:
    2020 Congenital Heart Defect Coalition Research Grant ($50,000), “Development of a biomimetic patch for valve repair”. Role: PI
    This grant is aimed to computationally model a new biomaterial for heart valve repair.
  • January 2020 - Janduary 2021 : Columbia Provost Seed Grant ($30,000),
    January 2020 - Janduary 2021 : Alliance Joint Projects Grant ($12,000), "Computational modeling of the biological process of tissue regeneration. ", role: PI
    These 2 grants were obtained jointly to dissect and model the process of vascular tissue regeneration.
  • April 2017 – March 2021: 2017 Babies Heart Fund ($75,000), Babies Heart Fund, «Heart Valve Tissue Engineering», Role: PI.
    This grant is dedicated to heart valve tissue engineering.

Selected Publications

  1. N Goldshtrom, D Vargas, A Vasquez, F Kim, K Desai, ME Turner, O Barry, A Torres, S Levasseur, S Strletsova, PR Gupta, JR Defazio, V Duron, M Middlesworth, L Saiman, R Miller, D Goffman, EA Bacha, D Kalfa, DJ LaPar, G Krishnamurthy. Neonates With Complex Cardiac Malformation and Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Born to SARS-CoV-2 Positive Women-A Single Center Experience. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2020 Aug 27:2150135120950256.
  2. BR Anderson, VL Blancha Eckels, S Crook, JM Duchon, D Kalfa, EA Bacha, G Krishnamurthy. The Risks of Being Tiny: The Added Risk of Low Weight for Neonates Undergoing Congenital Heart Surgery. Pediatr Cardiol. 2020 Jul 29. doi: 10.1007/s00246-020-02420-0
  3. Farooqi KM, Nees SN, Smerling J, Senapathi SH, Lorenzoni R, Pavlicova M, Einstein AJ, Bacha EA, D Kalfa, Chai PJ. Assessment of anomalous coronary arteries by imagers and surgeons: Comparison of imaging modalities. Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 May 23:S0003-4975(20)30742-6.
  4. B Mantell, L Addonizio, N Jain, D LaPar, P Chai, E Bacha, D Kalfa, J McAllister, W Zuckerman, T Lee, M Richmond, S Law. Evolution of Pediatric Ventricular Assist Devices and their Neurologic and Renal Complications - a 24-year single center experience. Artif Organs. 2020 Apr 12. doi: 10.1111/aor.13696.
  5. EH Stephens, A Shakoor, SE Jacobs, S Okochi, AL Zenilman, W Middlesworth, D Kalfa, PJ Chai, DV Chaves, E Bacha, E Cheung. Characterization of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Support for Single Ventricle Patients. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2020 Mar;11(2):183-191.