The scope of Caparrelli’s practice is cardiac, thoracic, and endovascular surgery. He has specific clinical interests in aortic diseases (such as aortic aneurysm and dissection) and heart valve disease.
“I think my skill set fits in here very well,” said David Caparrelli, MD,FACS who wanted to join a regional heart treatment center in the Northeast.” I have a considerable experience in both conventional open and endovascular approaches to the treatment of cardiovascular disease, which prepares me well for the future of cardiac surgery which is far more collaborative in terms of the relationship between cardiac surgery, cardiology, vascular surgery and interventional radiology.
“The treatment of heart disease is a multidisciplinary field today with teams of subspecialists coming together in the operating room or the cath lab with sophisticated technology that requires shared knowledge but different perspectives. That’s where the strength of an outstanding team comes from—the intersection of specialties,” said Louis Fink, MD, FACC medical director, New England Heart and Vascular Institute. “Dr. Caparrelli is an exceptional addition to our team whose expertise will help bridge the differences between the different disciplines in the room.”
Dr. Caparrelli comes to CMC from Arizona where he was medical director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Heart and Vascular Center of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. Prior to his leadership appointment in Flagstaff, he was a cardiovascular and endovascular surgeon at the Arizona Heart Institute, an internationally recognized facility in Phoenix, AZ.
After Princeton, Caparrelli attended University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, and spent more than decade training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, where he completed his internship and multiple residencies, including General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, and Cardiothoracic Surgery. He was also awarded multiple clinical and research fellowships, including a fellowship of Endovascular Surgery, Arizona Heart Institute and Arizona Heart Hospital; post-doctoral research fellowship at the Thoracic Oncology Research Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; and an endowed research fellowship in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Caparrelli’s extensive post-doctoral training also included a post in General and Vascular Surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford University, Oxford, England.
Board certified in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery and Thoracic Surgery, Caparrelli has published in high-impact peer-reviewed journals on a range of topics and served as principal investigator and sub-investigator for clinical research programs exploring device and pharmaceutical safety and efficacy. Caparrelli has authored chapters for seven different textbooks and manuals, including The Johns Hopkins Manual of Cardiac Surgical Care. He has presented abstracts and posters at leading nationwide conferences such as the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American Heart Association, and the American Associations for Thoracic Surgery and lectured regularly at symposia in Arizona and Japan.
He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of multiple professional associations including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Society of Vascular Surgery, Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society, and the International Society of Endovascular Specialists.