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Campus Address THT 712 Zip 0000
Phone  (205) 934-2419
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Medical School  Duke University School of Medicine    1995  MD 
Residency  University of Washington Medical Center    2003  MD 
Fellowship  Denver Children's Hospital    2004  MD 
Fellowship  Children's Hospital Boston    2005  MD 

Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Center  Comprehensive Cardiovascular Ctr  Comprehensive Cardiovascular Ctr Professor
Primary  Surgery - Cardiovascular/Thoracic  Surgery - Cardiovascular/Thoracic Professor

Biographical Sketch 
Dr. Robert J. Dabal is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Section of Neonatal Cardiac surgery in the Divisio of Cardiothoracic Surgery. His areas of expertise include neonatal and pediatric cardiac surgery. Dr. Dabal has traveled to third-world countries to operate on children with congenital heart defects: Uganda, Nicaragua, Ecuador, China, Grenada, and Peru. He has been a mentor and preceptor for medical students and residents for the past several years.

Research/Clinical Interest
Quality improvement, outcomes research, improving surgical care to reduce morbidity following neonatal cardiac surgery.

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID
Alten JA, Borasino S, Toms R, Law MA, Moellinger A, Dabal RJ. Early initiation of arginine vasopressin infusion in neonates after complex cardiac surgery. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2012 May;13(3):300-4. doi: 10.1097/PCC.0b013e31822f1753.
PMID: 21926664 
Dabal RJ, Rhodes LA, Borasino S, Law MA, Robert SM, Alten JA. Inferior vena cava oxygen saturation monitoring after the Norwood procedure. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Jun;95(6):2114-20; discussion 2120-1. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2013.01.076.
Epub 2013 Apr 23.
PMID: 23618521 
Rhodes LA, Robert SM, Atkinson TP, Dabal RJ, Mahdi AM, Alten JA. Hypogammaglobulinemia after cardiopulmonary bypass in infants. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 May;147(5):1587-1593.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2013.07.040.
Epub 2013 Sep 12. 
PMID: 24035378 
Kirklin JK, Bennett Pearce F, Dabal RJ, Carlo WF. Mechanical circulatory support: strategies and outcomes in pediatric congenital heart disease. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Pediatr Card Surg Annu. 2014;17(1):62-8. doi: 10.1053/j.pcsu.2014.01.007.   PMID: 24725719 
Dabal RJ, Kirklin JK, Kukreja M, Brown RN, Cleveland DC, Eddins MC, Lau Y. The modern Fontan operation shows no increase in mortality out to 20 years: A new paradigm. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Aug 4. pii: S0022-5223(14)01048-4. doi:
PMID: 25277471 

Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)