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Stephen H. Little, MD

John S. Dunn Chair in Clinical Cardiovascular Research and Education, DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center
Associate Professor of Clinical Cardiology, Institute for Academic Medicine
Assistant Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Dr. Little, a cardiologist with the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, is medical director of The Valve Clinic – a multidisciplinary medical clinic focused on the assessment and treatment of complex valvular heart disease. He also serves as Director of the Houston Methodist Valve Institute and is director of the Cardiovascular Hemodynamics Imaging Laboratory (CHIL).

Dr. Little’s recent research activities and peer-reviewed publications have focused on novel use of 3-D echocardiography for the quantification of native and prosthetic valve dysfunction as well as imaging guidance for percutaneous structural heart interventions. His team has created a robust in vitro flow system for multimodality functional valve imaging under tailored hemodynamic conditions. In collaboration with research scientists and mathematicians, Dr. Little’s research group creates complex heart valve constructs to address an increasingly important clinical need - To improve our understanding of heart valve dysfunction by employing multimodality imaging to better characterize and quantify these complex intra- cardiac flow conditions.

He received his medical degree from McMaster University and completed post graduate training in internal medicine and cardiology at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Little completed research fellowships in echocardiography at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American College of Cardiology, and the American Society of Echocardiography. Dr. Little serves on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Echocardiography as well as on ASE committees for Industry Relations, Public Relations, and writing groups.

Dr. Little has given more than 100 invited lectures nationally and internationally. He is an associate professor of clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, and adjunct associate professor at Rice University, Dept. of Bioengineering.

Description of Research

After completing sub-specialty Cardiology training (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeon of Canada), Dr. Little completed a postdoctoral fellowship in echocardiography at the Ottawa Heart Institute. He then completed a second postdoctoral fellowship, under the supervision of Dr. W. Zoghbi at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.  As an assistant  professor  in Canada, he continued to develop novel  strategies to visualize  the prosthetic valve function using 3D transesophageal echocardiography.  In 2007 he was recruited back to Houston to join the Cardiovascular Imaging Institute of the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. As medical director of the MDHVC Heart Valve Clinic, and as a cardiologist interpreting ~3000 patient echocardiograms/year, he has established research programs based on the multi-modality imaging of native and prosthetic valves. Over the last five years, he also leads a team to create a robust in vitro flow system to simulate simple and complex heart valve constructs. As a natural extension of his interest in valve disease and my expertise in 3D imaging, his research group has recently begun collaborations with research scientists and mathematicians to address an increasingly important clinical need - To improve our understanding of heart valve dysfunction by employing multimodality imaging to better characterize and quantity these complex intra- cardiac flow conditions.

Areas Of Expertise

Echocardiography Valvular disease Mitral regurgitation
Education & Training

Clinical Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine
Residency, Western University
MD, McMaster University School of Medicine

Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair Using the Edge-to-Edge Clip
Nyman, CB, Mackensen, GB, Jelacic, S, Little, SH, Smith, TW & Mahmood, F 2018, Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography. DOI: 10.1016/j.echo.2018.01.012

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement in patients with severe mitral or tricuspid regurgitation at extreme risk for surgery
Little, SH, Popma, JJ, Kleiman, NS, Deeb, GM, Gleason, TG, Yakubov, SJ, Checuti, S, OHair, D, Bajwa, T, Mumtaz, M, Maini, B, Hartman, A, Katz, S, Robinson, N, Petrossian, G, Heiser, J, Merhi, W, Moore, BJ, Li, S, Adams, DH & Reardon, MJ 2018, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2017.11.108

Percutaneous repair for recurrent mitral regurgitation after surgical repair: a MitraClip experience
Avenatti, E, El Tallawi, KC, Vukicevic, M, Lawrie, GM, Barker, CM & Little, SH 2018, Structural Heart, vol 00, no. 00, pp. 0-0. DOI: 10.1080/24748706.2017.1418544, 10.1080/24748706.2017.1418544

Effect of Mitral Valve Repair on Mitral Valve Leaflets Strain. A Pilot Study
Ben Zekry, S, Freeman, J, Jajoo, A, He, J, Little, SH, Lawrie, GM, Azencott, R & Zoghbi, WA 2017, JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcmg.2017.07.017

Will transcatheter aortic valve replacement echo surgical aortic valve replacement durability?
Little, SH & Reardon, MJ 2017, JAMA Cardiology, vol 2, no. 11, pp. 1206-1207. DOI: 10.1001/jamacardio.2017.3307

Acute Aortic Syndrome - More in the Spectrum
Avenatti, E, Iafrati, MD, Patel, V, Little, SH, Pandian, NG & Ianchulev, SA 2017, Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia. DOI: 10.1053/j.jvca.2017.04.036

Patient-specific 3D Valve Modeling for Structural Intervention
Vukicevic, M, Vekilov, D, Jane Grande-Allen, K & Little, SH 2017, Structural Heart: The Journal of Heart Team , vol 1, no. 2, 10.1080/24748706.2017.1377363. DOI: 10.1080/24748706.2017.1377363

3D Experimental and Computational Analysis of Eccentric MitralRegurgitant Jets in a Mock Imaging Heart Chamber
Wang, Y, Quaini, A, Canic, S, Vukicevic, M & Little, SH 2017, Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology, pp. 1-20. DOI: 10.1007/s13239-017-0316-z

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement for Perceval Sutureless Aortic Valve Failure
Kalra, A, Reyes, M, Yang, EY, Little, SH, Nabi, F, Barker, CM, Ramchandani, M, Reul, RM, Reardon, MJ & Kleiman, NS 2017, Journal of Invasive Cardiology, vol 29, no. 6, pp. E65-E66.

The use of transcatheter mitral valve system: Can we make mitral regurgitation better again?
Chamsi-Pasha, MA, Little, SH & Reardon, MJ 2017, Journal of Thoracic Disease, vol 9, no. 5, pp. 1174-1177. DOI: 10.21037/jtd.2017.04.70

Recommendations for Noninvasive Evaluation of Native Valvular Regurgitation: A Report from the American Society of Echocardiography Developed in Collaboration with the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Zoghbi, WA, Adams, D, Bonow, RO, Enriquez-Sarano, M, Foster, E, Grayburn, PA, Hahn, RT, Han, Y, Hung, J, Lang, RM, Little, SH, Shah, DJ, Shernan, S, Thavendiranathan, P, Thomas, JD & Weissman, NJ 2017, Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, vol 30, no. 4, pp. 303-371. DOI: 10.1016/j.echo.2017.01.007

Tricuspid regurgitation repair with a MitraClip device: The pivotal role of 3D transoesophageal echocardiography
Avenatti, E, Barker, CM & Little, SH 2017, European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging, vol 18, no. 3, pp. 380. DOI: 10.1093/ehjci/jew311

Cardiac 3D Printing and its Future Directions
Vukicevic, M, Mosadegh, B, Min, JK & Little, SH 2017, JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol 10, no. 2, 28183437, pp. 171-184. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcmg.2016.12.001

3D Printed Modeling of the Mitral Valve for Catheter-Based Structural Interventions
Vukicevic, M, Puperi, DS, Jane Grande-Allen, K & Little, SH 2017, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, vol 45, no. 2, pp. 508-519. DOI: 10.1007/s10439-016-1676-5

Erratum to: 3D Printed Modeling of the Mitral Valve for Catheter-Based Structural Interventions
Vukicevic, M, Puperi, DS, Grande-Allen, KJ & Little, SH 2016, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, pp. 1. DOI: 10.1007/s10439-016-1690-7

Early recovery of left ventricular systolic function after corevalve transcatheter aortic valve replacement
Dauerman, HL, Reardon, MJ, Popma, JJ, Little, SH, Cavalcante, JL, Adams, DH, Kleiman, NS & Oh, JK 2016, Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions, vol 9, no. 6, e003425. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCINTERVENTIONS.115.003425

Self-expanding transcatheter aortic valve replacement versus surgical valve replacement in patients at high risk for surgery: A study of echocardiographic change and risk prediction
Little, SH, Oh, JK, Gillam, L, Sengupta, PP, Orsinelli, DA, Cavalcante, JL, Chang, JD, Adams, DH, Zorn, GL, Pollak, AW, Abdelmoneim, SS, Reardon, MJ, Qiao, H & Popma, JJ 2016, Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions, vol 9, no. 6, e003426. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCINTERVENTIONS.115.003426

3D Printed Modeling for Patient-Specific Mitral Valve Intervention Repair with a Clip and a Plug
Little, SH, Vukicevic, M, Avenatti, E, Ramchandani, M & Barker, CM 2016, JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions, vol 9, no. 9, pp. 973-975. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcin.2016.02.027

Prosthesis-patient mismatch in high-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis: A randomized trial of a self-expanding prosthesis
Zorn, GL, Little, SH, Tadros, P, Deeb, GM, Gleason, TG, Heiser, J, Kleiman, NS, Oh, JK, Popma, JJ, Adams, D, Huang, J & Reardon, MJ 2016, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, vol 151, no. 4, pp. 1014-1023.e3. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2015.10.070

Clinical Utility of Multidetector Computed Tomography in Redo Valve Procedures
Chaikriangkrai, K, Maragiannis, D, Belousova, T, Little, S, Nabi, F, Mahmarian, J & Chang, SM 2016, Journal of Cardiac Surgery, pp. 139-46. DOI: 10.1111/jocs.12694