New Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon Joins Golisano Children’s Hospital

Francisco J. Gensini, M.D.

Francisco J. Gensini, M.D.

Francisco J. Gensini, M.D., is the newest member of the pediatric cardiac surgery team at Golisano Children’s Hospital lead by George Alfieris, M.D.

A native of Cali, Colombia, Gensini came to URMC from Seattle Children’s Hospital where he was one of the first ACGME-approved fellows in congenital cardiac surgery in the United States.

“We’re excited to add Dr. Gensini to our team,” said Alfieris. “His addition bolsters our already strong surgical program for children with congenital heart defects and makes it possible for us to help more children from upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania.”

Gensini earned his degree in medicine and surgery from Universidad del Valle, Cali, followed by a general surgery residency. Gensini later received a degree in cardiovascular surgery from Fundación – Clínica Cardiovascular Santa María, College of Medicine of the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellín, Colombia.

In addition to filling the role of attending physician in cardiothoracic surgery at the Fundación – Clínica Valle del Lili in Cali, Gensini completed a two-year fellowship in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London. This was followed by a fellowship in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in the Department of Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care.

Since coming to the United States, Gensini has also held the positions of resident physician and chief resident physician in general surgery as well as fellow in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Board-eligible by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Gensini is a member of professional organizations including the American College of Surgeons, the Henry N. Harkins Surgical Society, the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. His professional interests include transposition of the great arteries, single ventricle physiology, tetralogy of fallot, coartation of the aorta and atrioventricular canal defects, among others.

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