P. Francisco Javier Gensini, M.D.

P. Francisco Javier Gensini, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box SURG
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-2735
Fax: (585) 276-2446

Professional Bio

The University of Rochester Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of Francisco J. Gensini, MD as an Assistant Professor of Surgery. A native of Cali, Colombia, Dr. Gensini joins us from Seattle Children's Hospital in Seattle, Washington, where he was one of the first ACGME approved fellows in congenital cardiac surgery in the United States.

Dr. Gensini received his undergraduate degree from Colegio Colombo Británico in Cali, Colombia. He then went on to earn his degree in medicine and surgery from Universidad del Valle, also in Cali, Colombia, followed by a general surgery residency. Dr. 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, Dr. Gensini completed a two-year fellowship in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, United Kingdom. This was followed by an ECMO fellowship in the Department of Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care. Since coming to the United States, Dr. 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, Seattle, Washington.

Board eligible by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Dr. 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.

Recent Journal Articles

Inwald, DP; Brown, K; Gensini, FJ; Malone, M; Goldman, AP. "Open Lung biopsy in Neonatal and Pediatric patients referred for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenatiion (ECMO)". THORAX. 2004; 59(4): 328-333. Link
Jill M Cholette MD, Kelly F Henrichs MT(ASCP), Karen S. Powers MD, George M Alfieris MD, Richard Phipps PhD, Sherri Spinelli PhD, Francisco J. Gensini MD, Michael Swartz PhD, Dawn Sweeney MD, L. Eugene Daugherty MD, Emily Nazarian MD, Jeffrey S. Rubenstein MD, MBA, Michael Eaton MD, Norma B Lerner MD, MPH, Neil Blumberg ,MD. "WASHED BLOOD TRANSFUSED IN PEDIATRIC OPEN HEART SURGERY REDUCES POST-OPERATIVE INFLAMMATION AND IMMUNOMODULATION: RESULTS OF A PROSPECTIVE RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL. Pediatric Critcal Care Medicine 2012 Vol. 13, No. 3". Pediatric Critcal Care Medicine 2012 Vol. 13, No. 3. .
Swartz MF, Schiralli MP, Dawson C, Angona R, Cholette JM, Gensini F, Alfieris G. "EARLY OUTCOMES AFTER RE-OPERATIVE RIGHT VENTRICULAR OUTFLOW TRACT RECONSTRUCTION: DO MULTIPLE STERNOTOMIES EFFECT MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY." World Journal of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery. April 2012.
Michael F Swartz PhD, Nadar Attalah-Yunes MD, Cecilia Meagher MD, Matthew Schiralli MD, Jill Cholette MD, Joseph Orie MD, Francisco Gensini MD, Rae-Ellen Kavey MD, George M Alfieris MD Congenital Heart Disease: 2011;6:583-591. "SURGICAL STRATEGY FOR NEONATAL AND INFANT AORTIC COARCTATION RESULTING IN PHYSIOLOGIC ARM AND LEG BLOOD PRESSURES AT INTERMEDIATE –TERM FOLLOW-UP". .

Current Appointments

Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery - Department of Surgery, Cardiac (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics - Department of Pediatrics (SMD)


Thoracic Surgery (Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery) - American Board of Thoracic Surgery


Congenital Cardiac Surgery | Seattle Children's Hospital - University of Washington2009
Cardiothoracic Surgery | University of Washington2008
General Surgery | University of Washington2006
Certificate Program in Surgical Subintership for International physicians | - Surgery | University of Washington2003
ECMO Fellow | Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children - UCL - Institute of child Health2002
Specialist Registrar in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery | Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children2002
Specialist in Cardiovascular Surgery | Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana1999
Specialist in General Surgery | Universidad del Valle1996
MD | Surgery | Universidad del Valle1990

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at University of Washington07/01/2008 - 06/30/2009
Fellowship in Thoracic Surgery at University of Washington Medical Center07/01/2006 - 06/30/2008
Residency in General Surgery at University of Washington Medical Center07/01/2003 - 06/30/2006
Internship at University of Washington Medical Center05/05/2003 - 06/30/2003
Research at Great Ormond Street for sick Children01/01/2003 - 04/30/2003
Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at Great Ormond Street for sick Children08/01/2002 - 12/31/2002
Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at Great Ormond Street for sick Children08/01/2000 - 07/01/2002
Residency in Cardiovascular Surgery at Fundacin Clnica Cardiovascular Santa Mara02/01/1997 - 06/01/1999
Residency in General Surgery at Universitario del Valle "Evaristo Garcia"02/01/1992 - 06/01/1996
Internship in Rotating at Universitario del Valle "Evaristo Garcia"01/01/1989 - 11/01/1990