Johns Hopkins All Children's Heart Institute

Meet Our Pediatric Heart Surgery Team

James Quintessenza, MD

James Quintessenza, MD

Cardiovascular Surgery
Dr. Quintessenza is the co-director of the Heart Institute and chief of cardiovascular surgery at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. He originally joined the hospital staff in 1988, where he developed and refined complex neonatal heart surgery and led the congenital heart program for many years. He was one of the cardiothoracic surgeons who performed the hospital’s first pediatric heart transplant in 1995. He previously served as medical director of the Heart Institute from 2012-2015. Dr. Quintessenza returned to Johns Hopkins All Children’s in 2020 after three years as chief and professor of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Kentucky Children’s Hospital and the University of Kentucky in Lexington, and as professor of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati.
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Awais Ashfaq, MD

Awais Ashfaq, MD

Cardiovascular Surgery
Dr. Ashfaq is a cardiovascular surgeon in the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute. He joined the hospital staff in 2020. After receiving his medical degree at Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan, Dr. Ashfaq completed a residency in general surgery at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, where he served as chief resident. He then completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, followed by a congenital cardiac fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
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Jennifer Davis, PA

Jennifer Davis, PA


Stephanie Gurney, PA

Stephanie Gurney, PA