Andrew L. Pruitt, MD

The MSTCVS Quality Collaborative welcomes Andrew L. Pruitt, MD to the position of Project Director. Dr. Pruitt, with the assistance of Francis D. Pagani, MD, PhD, the new Associate Director, will succeed Richard L. Prager, MD, who will retire from this role December 31, 2021.

Dr. Pruitt has been a member of the MSTCVS since 1998 and has served as St. Joseph Mercy Hospital (SJMH) in Ann Arbor MSTCVS Quality Collaborative’s Surgeon Champion since 2005.  He is board-certified in thoracic surgery and became the section head of Cardio Thoracic Surgery at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor in 2002 serving until 2012, which included quality monitoring and service as Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery for the years 2009-2013.  From 2014-2016, he held the position of Chairman of the Department of Surgery within Integrated HealthCare Association (IHA). 

Dr. Pruitt graduated from medical school with Highest Distinction as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 1990.  He completed his residency in general surgery and a fellowship in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis.   After medical school he served in the US Army Reserve for 19 years, completing his service with the rank of Lt. Colonel. 

Dr. Pruitt has been married to Jenny Cotton Pruitt, MD, PhD for 31 years and has two boys, Nate and Jackson. He enjoys cycling, travelling, and crossword puzzles, although, he has been known to cheat at the latter.

This MSTCVS-Quality Collaborative has demonstrably improved cardiac surgical outcomes in the arenas of IMA use, multiple arterial grafting, prolonged ventilation, post-operative pneumonia among others.  statewide collaboration has been a model for the nation and has helped spawn other, similar initiatives.  Dr. Pruitt would like to preserve and expand the effort of the MSTCVS QC in the upcoming years.

Francis D. Pagani, MD, PhD

The MSTCVS Quality Collaborative welcomes Francis D. Pagani, MD, PhD to the position of Associate Director. Dr. Pagani will work with the new Project Director, Dr. Pruitt, in the succession of Richard L. Prager, MD, who will retire from his Project Director role December 31, 2021.

Dr. Pagani graduated Georgetown University Medical School in 1986.  He completed a Surgical Internship and Residency at Georgetown University Hospital in 1988.  From 1988 to 1990, he was a Research Fellow in Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.  In 1990, Dr. Pagani returned to Georgetown University Hospital where he completed a Surgical Residency and was named Chief Resident in Surgery. He completed a Thoracic Surgery Residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1995.

Dr. Pagani has been a member of the MSTCVS since 2005.  He is certified by The American Board of Thoracic Surgery and is the Otto Gago MD Professor in Cardiac Surgery at Michigan Medicine. His clinical focus includes surgical therapies for advanced heart failure including heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support, complex re-operative surgery for valvular heart disease, congenital heart disease in the adult, and surgery for coronary artery disease. Dr. Pagani also serves as the surgical lead for the multidisciplinary Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy program and has an active practice in surgical treatments (myectomies) for this disorder. He also serves as the surgical lead for The Center for Circulatory Support (VAD Program). Dr. Pagani has an active research program supported, in part, by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). His research focuses on the bioengineering development and clinical testing of mechanical circulatory support devices in the treatment of end-stage heart disease, clinical health outcomes research, and use of stem cell transplantation for myocardial regeneration.

Dr. Pagani and his wife, Nancy and daughter, Monica have been members of the Ann Arbor community since 1993.  Dr. Pagani is an avid skier and enjoys mountaineering, travel, photography and reading, particularly about historical events and people.