Elizabeth H. Stephens, M.D., Ph.D.

  1. Cardiovascular Surgeon

Location

  1. Rochester, Minnesota

Languages

English

Elizabeth H. Stephens, M.D., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in Cardiovascular Surgery specializing in congenital cardiac surgery. She received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and Ph.D in Bioengineering from Rice University focusing on tissue engineering heart valves. Her adult cardiothoracic training was completed at Columbia University and congenital training at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. Her clinical areas of expertise include the treatment of:

  • Neonates, infants, and children with complex congenital heart disease
  • Adult patients with congenital heart disease, including patients previously repaired
  • Valve disease, including Ebstein's anomaly
  • Pediatric patients with heart failure, including mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation
  • Patients with vascular rings and tracheal stenosis

In addition to her clinical areas of expertise, Dr. Stephens is active in outcomes research relative to congenital heart disease and is extensively published on various cardiac surgery conditions. She has a particular interest in education, including serving on national committees and mentoring trainees of all levels.

  • Pediatric and adult congenital heart surgery
  • Heart valve disease
  • Aortic, mitral, and tricuspid valve surgery
  • Heart transplantation
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Ebstein's anomaly
  • Heart valve tissue engineering
  1. 2019
    Mayo Clinic ScholarLurie Children’s Hospital
  2. 2019
    Fellowship - Congenital Cardiac Surgery Lurie Children’s Hospital
  3. 2018
    Residency - Cardiothoracic Surgery Columbia University – New York Presbyterian Hospital
  4. 2012
    Post-DocStanford University School of Medicine
  5. 2011
    MDBaylor College of Medicine
  6. 2010
    Ph.D. - BioengineeringRice University
  7. 2003
    BS - Chemistry (with highest departmental honors) Minors in Literature and Biology University of California San Diego

Awards and honors

  1. 2018
    Columbia Cardiothoracic Surgery Prize for Resident ReserchColumbia University
  2. 2018
    Left-Ventricular Assist Device Impact on Aortic Valve Mechanics, Proteomics and Ultrastructure” paper recommended by F1000 review serviceColumbia University
  3. 2017
    Blakemore Award for Best Clinical Research Talk, Columbia Dept of Surgery Research SymposiumColumbia University
  4. 2016
    Winner of Top Gun Competition (national coronary anastomosis competition)Columbia University
  5. 2016
    Elected President Thoracic Surgery Residents AssociationColumbia University
  6. 2015
    Appointed to AATS Education CommitteeColumbia University
  7. 2015
    Awarded Phase II Irving Institute Collaborative and Multidisciplinary Pilot Research (CaMPR) GrantColumbia University
  8. 2015
    2nd Place AATS Congenital Heart Disease Poster Competition Columbia University
  9. 2014
    Appointed to STS Leadership Council on Quality, Research and Patient Safety Operating BoardColumbia University
  10. 2014
    Appointed as Resident representative to Thoracic Surgery RRCColumbia University
  11. 2014
    Columbia Department of Surgery Start-up Grant RecipientColumbia University
  12. 2014
    Michael Treat Research Fellowship Recipient (Columbia University) Columbia University
  13. 2013
    Elected to Executive Committee of TSRAColumbia University
  14. 2013
    AATS Critical Care Scholarship RecipientColumbia University
  15. 2012
    Best Poster STS ConferenceColumbia University
  16. 2011
    Rice Bioengineering Outstanding Thesis Award Rice University
  17. 2010
    Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Honorable Mention Thesis AwardRice University
  18. 2010
    Sigma Xi Thesis AwardRice University
  19. 2010
    Young Investigator Award Heart Valve Biology and Tissue Engineering MeetingRice University
  20. 2009
    AATS Summer Intern Scholarship RecipientRice University
  21. 2008
    Global Health Technologies Teaching FellowshipRice University
  22. 2008
    NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual FellowshipNational Institutes of Health
  23. 2008
    Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology Travel AwardRice University
  24. 2008
    Publication Award, Baylor MD/PhD ProgramBaylor College of Medicine
  25. 2008
    1st Place Poster Competition, Baylor MD/PhD Scientific SymposiumBaylor College of Medicine
  26. 2008
    1st Place Poster Competition IBB: Cells and Tissue EngineeringRice University
  27. 2008
    Edgar O’Rear Travel Grant AwardRice University
  28. 2007
    Mary F.D. Morse Graduate FellowshipRice University
  29. 2007
    Edgar O’Rear Travel Grant AwardRice University
  30. 2007
    AHA BCS Conference Travel ScholarshipRice University
  31. 2007
    2nd Place HSEMB Poster CompetitionRice University
  32. 2007
    Dean’s Travel AwardRice University
  33. 2006
    Hertz Graduate FellowshipHertz Foundation
  34. 2006
    Dean’s Travel AwardRice University
  35. 2004
    Claire Huckins Award in Embryology (top student in Embryology) Baylor College of Medicine
  36. 2003
    Urey Award (top graduating UCSD Chemistry student) University of California, San Diego
  37. 2003
    Provost’s HonorsUniversity of California, San Diego
  38. 2002
    Provost’s HonorsUniversity of California, San Diego
  39. 2002
    Caledonian Honor SocietyUniversity of California, San Diego
  40. 2002
    Phi Beta Kappa SocietyUniversity of California, San Diego
  41. 2002
    Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research ScholarshipUniversity of California, San Diego
  42. 2002
    Health Professions Program ScholarshipUniversity of California, San Diego
  43. 2001
    Coating Research named one of US National Advances in IFE for 2001University of California

Professional memberships

  1. 2020 - present
    MemberAccreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Congenital Cardiac Surgery Milestones Committee
  2. 2018 - present
    Resident RepresentativeWomen in Thoracic Surgery
  3. 2017 - 2019
    MemberAmerican Association for Thoracic Surgery Cardiothoracic Residents Committee
  4. 2016 - 2017
    PresidentTSRA
  5. 2015 - 2018
    MemberAmerican Association for Thoracic Surgery Cardiothoracic Education Committee
  6. 2015 - 2018
    MemberSTS Leadership Council on Quality, Research and Patient Safety Operating Board
  7. 2015 - 2016
    SecretaryTSRA
  8. 2015 - present
    Candidate MemberWomen in Thoracic Surgery
  9. 2014 - 2018
    MemberTSRA Education Committee
  10. 2014 - 2017
    Resident MemberThoracic Surgery Residency Review Committee (RRC)
  11. 2014 - 2015
    ChairTSRA Projects Committee
  12. 2014 - present
    Candidate MemberSociety of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)
  13. 2013 - 2018
    MemberTSRA Executive Committee
  14. 2013 - present
    MemberWoman in Thoracic Surgery Resident Forum
  15. 2012 - 2018
    MemberThoracic Surgery Residency Association (TSRA)
  16. 2012 - 2015
    MemberTSRA Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Committee
  17. 2007 - present
    Associate MemberCTSNet

Publications