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Richard B. Schuessler, PhD

  • Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery (CTS) Research Laboratory
  • Research Professor of Surgery (Cardiothoracic Surgery)
  • Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Medical School

M.S., Computer Science, Numerical Analysis, University of Missouri Rolla, 1974

Ph.D., Bioengineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 1977


Honors and Awards

Austin Moore Award in Bioengineering, Clemson University, 1977

Research Fellowship Award, National Institutes of Health (NHLBI)

Exchange Scientist, US-USSR Health Exchange in the Cardiopulmonary Area, Program Area 5, Sudden Cardiac Death, September 1-22, 1990

Member Academy of Computer Science - University of Missouri-Rolla.

Selected Publications

Gaynor SL, Byrd GD, Diodato MD, Ishii Y, Lee AM, Prasad SM, Gopal J, Berube D, Schuessler RB, Damiano Jr RJ. Dose response curves for microwave ablation in the cardioplegia-arrested porcine heart. Heart Surg Forum 2005;8(5):331-336.

Ishii Y, Schuessler RB, Gaynor SL, Yamada K, Fu AS, Boineau JP, Damiano RJ Jr. Inflammation of atrium after cardiac surgery is associated with inhomogeneity of atrial conduction and atrial fibrillation. Circulation 2005;111(22):2881-2888.

Gard JJ, Yamada K, Green KG, Eloff BC, Rosenbaum DS, Wang X, Robbins J, Schuessler RB, Yamada KA, Saffitz JE. Remodeling of gap junctions and slow conduction in a mouse model of desmin-related cardiomyopathy. Cardiovasc Res 2005;67(3):539-547.

Absi TS, Sundt TM 3rd, Camillo C, Schuessler RB, Gutierrez FR. Penetrating atherosclerotic ulcers of the descending thoracic aorta may be managed expectantly. Vascular 2004;12(5):307-311.

Gaynor SL, Schuessler RB, Bailey MS, Ishii Y, Boineau JP, Gleva MJ, Cox JL, Damiano RJ Jr. Surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation: predictors of late recurrence. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2005;129(1):104-111.

Prasad SM, Prasad SM, Maniar HS, Chu C, Schuessler RB, Damiano RJ Jr. Surgical robotics: impact of motion scaling on task performance. J Am Coll Surg 2004;199(6):863-868.

Gaynor SL, Ishii Y, Diodato MD, Prasad SM, Barnett KM, Damiano NR, Byrd GD, Wickline SA, Schuessler RB, Damiano RJ Jr. Successful performance of Cox-Maze procedure on beating heart using bipolar radiofrequency ablation: a feasibility study in animals. Ann Thorac Surg 2004;78(5):1671-1677.

Mokadam NA, McCarthy PM, Gillinov AM, Ryan WH, Moon MR, Mack MJ, Gaynor SL, Prasad SM, Wickline SA, Bailey MS, Damiano NR, Ishii Y, Schuessler RB, Damiano RJ Jr. A prospective multicenter trial of bipolar radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation: early results. Ann Thorac Surg 2004;78(5):1665-1670.

Saffitz JE, Schuessler RB. Altered atrial structure begets atrial fibrillation, but how? J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 2004;15(10):1175-1176.

Gaynor SL, Diodato MD, Prasad SM, Ishii Y, Schuessler RB, Bailey MS, Damiano NR, Bloch JB, Moon MR, Damiano RJ Jr. A prospective, single-center clinical trial of a modified Cox maze procedure with bipolar radiofrequency ablation. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2004;128(4):535-542.

Ishii Y, Gleva MJ, Gamache MC, Schuessler RB, Boineau JP, Bailey MS, Damiano RJ Jr. Atrial tachyarrhythmias after the maze procedure: incidence and prognosis. Circulation 2004;110(11 Suppl 1):II164-8.

Betsuyaku T, Kanno S, Lerner DL, Schuessler RB, Saffitz JE, Yamada KA. Spontaneous and inducible ventricular arrhythmias after myocardial infarction in mice. Cardiovasc Pathol 2004;13(3):156-164.

Editorial Positions

Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology