Rochester, Minnesota




The research of David L. Joyce, M.D., centers on improving the treatment of patients with end-stage heart failure through cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support.

Focus areas

  • Donor-recipient matching in heart transplantation. By using large national data registries, Dr. Joyce is working toward a computerized model to optimize organ allocation and post-transplant outcomes.
  • Mechanical circulatory support. Dr. Joyce is involved in multiple clinical trials to establish the outcomes in many of the newest generation of ventricular assist devices. Minimally invasive implantation techniques are being studied to promote faster recovery from surgery.

Significance to patient care

Over 5 million Americans have heart failure. By improving outcomes in patients who undergo left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy, Dr. Joyce hopes to expand the indications for these devices to include a larger population of these patients.

Professional highlights

  • Editor, Mechanical Circulatory Support: Principles and Applications, McGraw-Hill, 2011


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Academic Rank

  1. Assistant Professor of Surgery


  1. Resident - Cardiothoracic Surgery Stanford University Hospital
  2. Resident - General Surgery Johns Hopkins
  3. Resident - General Surgery, Nuffield Department of Surgery John Radcliffe Hospital
  4. Research Fellowship - Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Baylor College of Medicine
  5. Resident - General Surgery Johns Hopkins
  6. Research Fellowship - Summer Research Fellowship, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute National Institutes of Health
  7. Internship - General Surgery Johns Hopkins
  8. MD - Medical Doctorate Harvard Medical School
  9. BS - Biology United States Air Force Academy

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