Joel Zivot, MD
Dr. Joel Zivot, board certified in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine from the American Board of Anesthesiology and the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, began his work in the field of ECMO at the University of Michigan, under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Bartlett. Dr. Zivot was involved with the early use of V-A ECMO as a bridge to the implantation of first generation ventricular assist devices and also the use of V-A ECMO to facilitate angioplasty and stenting in the setting of inoperable left main coronary lesions. With the support of the University of Michigan, Dr. Zivot started the adult ECMO program at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western. While at Case Western, Dr. Zivot and colleagues published the first case of the use of V-A ECMO to facilitate solid organ transplantation. Subsequent to his work at Case Western, Dr. Zivot was the medical director of the cardiac intensive care unit in Winnipeg, Canada. In that role, Dr. Zivot cared for patients requiring V-V ECMO during the H1N1 outbreak. As the medical director of the Cardio-Thoracic Intensive Care Unit at Emory University Hospital, Dr. Zivot participated in the development of the new ECMO program at Emory and the ongoing care of patients at Emory University Hospital that require ECMO support.