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Travis O. Abicht, MD

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Associate Professor, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Director, Surgical Director of Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Professional Background

Travis O. Abicht, MD is the Surgical Director of Advanced Heart Failure for the University of Kansas Health System. He is also an associate professor in the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in chemistry. From that point he received his medical degree and completed general surgery residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Abicht finished his surgical training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago with a fellowship in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, serving as the chief fellow during his final year.
Dr. Abicht was on staff at Northwestern for two years prior to returning to the University of Kansas to help re-establish the heart transplant program as well as begin the mechanical circulatory support program. While at Northwestern he served as surgical director for heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support, was the principal investigator on several studies, and oversaw a sustained period of growth within the advanced heart failure program. Since returning to the University of Kansas Health System, he has helped establish the heart failure program as a benchmark for the nation in regards to length of stay and quality of care in advanced heart failure therapies.
He is an active member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Cardiology, and the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. He has published several research articles and book chapters and continues to play an active role nationally/internationally in the area of advanced heart failure.

Education and Training
  • BA, Bachelor of Arts, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • MD, Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS
  • Residency, General Surgery, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas
  • Clinical Fellowship, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, McGaw Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
  • American Board of Surgery, American Board of Surgery
  • American Board to Thoracic Surgery , ABTS
  • DEA, United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Kansas License, CTS



Primary Investigator:

INTERMACS: Interagency Registry of Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support.

PREVENT II: PREVENTion of Non-Surgical Bleeding by Management of HeartMate II Patients without Antiplatelet Therapy clinical study

Safety and Efficacy of Enoxaparin for Postoperative Anticoagulation and Bridging of Sub-Therapeutic INR after LVAD Implantation:

Destination Therapy Post Approval Study (DT PAS) (NCT03681210)

Apogee, A HeartWare HVAD Destination Product Surveillance Resistry (PSR) Platform (NCT03697980)

Past PI:
PREVENT II: PREVENTion of Non-Surgical Bleeding by Management of HeartMate II Patients without Antiplatelet Therapy clinical study

HW-004-DT: A Prospective, Randomized, Controlled, Un-blinded, Multi-Center Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Heart Ware® Ventricular Assist System for Destination Therapy of Advanced Heart Failure.

HW-03-PAS: A Multi Center, Post Approval Study Providing Continued Evaluation and Follow-up on Patients Who Received a HeartWare® Ventricular Assist System during IDE Trials for the Treatment of Advanced Heart Failure

HW-006: A Prospective, Single Arm, Multi-Center Clinical Study in Collaboration with the InterAgency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (INTERMACS®) to Evaluate the Thoracotomy Implant Technique of the HeartWare HVAD® System in Patients with Advanced Heart Failure

Current Research and Grants
  • Apogee, A heartWare HVAD Destination Product Surveillance Registry, HeartWare, PI
  • Destination Therapy Post Approval Study (DT PAS) , Heartware, Key Personnel
  • Bio-Repository, KUMC Advanced Heart Failure Registry, Co-PI
  • Robinson, A, Rali, A., S, Shah, Z, Abicht, T, Hockstad, E, Sauer, A. 2018. Cardiopulmonary Arrest and Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: Case Report and Review.. Indian journal of critical care medicine : peer-reviewed, official publication of Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine, 22 (7), 544-546
  • Abicht, T., O, Andrei, A., C, Kruse, J, McDonald, E, Li , Z, McCarthy, P., M. 2014. A simple approach to mitral valve repair: posterior leaflet height adjustment using a partial fold of the free edge.. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, 148 (6), 2780-6
  • Mastoris, I, Khashab, M., E, Abicht, T. 2019. Peripheral component malfunction of a fully magnetically levitated centrifugal pump masquerading as pump thrombosis.. The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation
  • Wilcox, J., E, Cameron, K., A, Harap, R., S, Shanklin, K., L, Grady, K., L, Cohen, E., R, Abicht, T., O, Adler, E., D, Alexy, T, Alonso, W, Beckman, J, Bjelkengren, J, Cagliostro, B, Cogswell, R, Colombo, P., C, Cotts, W, Haglund, N., A, Haverstick, S, Kiernan, M., S, Lampert, B, LeMond, L., M, Lee, S, Lerg, G, Lindenfeld, J, Mahr, C, Meehan, K, Pagani, F., D, Pan, S, Pavone, J, Um, J, Yancy, C., W, Thinh, D, Barsuk, J., H. 2019. Ventricular Assist Device Driveline Dressing-Change Protocols: A Need for Standardization. A Report from the SimVAD Investigators.. Journal of cardiac failure, 25 (8), 695-697
  • Abicht, T., O, de Hoyos, A., L. 2011. Chest wall resection and reconstruction: a true thoracoscopic approach.. Innovations (Philadelphia, Pa.), 6 (6), 399-402
  • Abicht, T, Gordon, R, Meehan, K, Stosor, V, McCarthy, P, McGee, Jr, E. 2013. Complex HeartMate II infection treated with pump exchange to HeartWare HVAD.. ASAIO journal (American Society for Artificial Internal Organs : 1992), 59 (2), 188-92
  • Echenique, I., A, Angarone, M., P, Gordon, R., A, Rich, J, Anderson, A., S, McGee, E., C, Abicht, T., O, Kang, J, Stosor, V. 2017. Invasive fungal infection after heart transplantation: A 7-year, single-center experience.. Transplant infectious disease : an official journal of the Transplantation Society, 19 (1)
  • Malaisrie, S., C, McDonald, E, Kruse, J, Li , Z, McGee, Jr, E., C, Abicht, T., O, Russell, H, McCarthy, P., M, Andrei, A., C. 2014. Mortality while waiting for aortic valve replacement.. The Annals of thoracic surgery, 98 (5), 1564-70; discussion 1570-1
  • Hosseini Dehkordi, S., H, Masoomi, R, Thomas, J., A, Love, T, Sharma, A, Sagar Taduru, S, Abicht, T, Hockstad, E., S, Rosamond, T. 2019. Multimodality Imaging in Preparation for Successful Surgical Correction of Giant Right Coronary Artery to Coronary Sinus Fistula.. Circulation. Cardiovascular imaging, 12 (4), e008766
  • Andrei, A., C, McCarthy, P., M, Thomas, J., D, Abicht, T., O, Malaisrie, S., C, Li , Z, Kruse, J, Waldo, A., L, Calkins, H, Cox, J., L. 2015. Overcoming reporting challenges: How to display, summarize, and model late reintervention outcomes, follow-up, and vital status information after surgery for atrial fibrillation.. Heart rhythm, 12 (7), 1456-63