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Andrew S. Wechsler

Andrew S. Wechsler, MD

Emeritus Professor

Department: Cardiothoracic Surgery

Practices: Drexel Cardiothoracic Surgery


  • BA in Biology (Honors) - Brandeis University (1960)
  • MD - State University of New York, Brooklyn (1964)
  • Residency in Medicine - Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Harvard Medical School (1966)
  • Residency in General and Thoracic Surgery - Duke University Medical Center (1973)
  • National Science Foundation Research Fellowship - Institute for Cell Research, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm (1963)
  • National Science Foundation Research Fellowship - Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, Donner Laboratory (1962)

Awards & Honors

  • Named in "The Best Doctors in America," Naifeh & Smith (1992-2012)
  • Edward S. Cooper, MD, Award from the American Heart Association (2011)
  • Awarded Veteran`s Administration Clinical Investigatorship (1974)
  • Senior Research Prize, State University of New York
  • National Science Foundation Summer Research Fellow (1962 and 1963)

Dr. Wechsler was the Stanley K. Brockman Professor and Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine from 1998 to 2011. He is now an emeritus professor in the department.

Awards and Honors

  • S.A.M.A. "Golden Apple" Award for Best Housestaff Teacher (1973)
  • NY State Scholar Incentive Award


Dr. Wechsler has been senior advisor, Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute since 2009. Additionally, he has been editor emeritus of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery since 2008.

Selected Research

"Surgical Management of Heart Failure"
Principal Investigator (1999-2007)

"Cardiac Dysfunction in Potential Organ Donors After Brain Death From Increased Intracranial Pressure." Defining myocardial contractile protein, structural and SR gene changes associated with cerebral death.
Principal Investigator (1994-1997)

"Effects of T3 on Left Ventricular Contractility in Patients"
Principal Investigator (1992-1994)

"Surgical Heart Bypass: Physiology of Cardiac Injury #HL26302"
Principal Investigator (1986-1993)

Research Interests

Heart failure surgical management, Surgical heart bypass

In the Media

Contact Information

Academic Office

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
245 N. 15th Street
Mail Stop 111
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215.762.1703
Fax: 215.762.5021