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Leading Pittsburgh Heart Surgeon Joins Cardiovascular Team at Forbes Regional Hospital

Ronald Pellegrini joins Forbes Regional Hospital.

Ronald Pellegrini, MD, formerly Chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery at UPMC-Passavant, has joined the Ed Dardanell Heart and Vascular Center at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville.

Pellegrini, a well-known leader in heart surgery in the Pittsburgh region for many years, will join the surgical team led by Michael Culig, MD.

The Ed Dardanell Heart and Vascular Center at Forbes Regional is affiliated with the Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute and offers residents of Pittsburgh’s East Suburbs and Westmoreland County state-of-the-art cardiac care in a community setting close to home.

“We are very happy to have a surgeon of Dr. Pellegrini’s caliber join the team at Forbes Regional,” said George Magovern Jr., chairman of the West Penn Allegheny Health System Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Director of the Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute. “In just a few years, the cardiac surgery program at Forbes Regional has gained a national reputation for providing the highest levels of patient care. 

"The addition of Dr. Pellegrini will serve to further strengthen this outstanding program.”

Prior to serving at UPMC Passavant, Pellegrini also was Chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery for UPMC Health Systems and Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgery at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is also clinical assistant professor of surgery at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center,  where he received Faculty of the Year awards three times.

A native of Monongahela, Pellegrini graduated from Washington and Jefferson College and Jefferson Medical College. He completed his internship and residency at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh and a fellowship in thoracic surgery at the University Hospital of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has authored many publications and made numerous presentations focusing on valve replacement, coronary artery bypass grafts and other thoracic surgery topics.

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