Jessika Iwanski

College of Medicine – Tucson
Year Entered Program: 
Degrees Received: 
  • BS Cells, Molecules and Physiology- Simon Fraser University,
  • Canada MS Medical Pharmacology- University of Arizona
  • Clinical Cardiovascular Perfusion Certificate- University of Arizona
About Me: 

Coming from Canada, I enjoy being outdoors and exploring new areas. I am my happiest when I am out on the mountains rock climbing, hiking or snowboarding. I’ve always enjoyed traveling and experiencing new cultures, sights and especially meeting new people. All of these interests spurred by decision to move to Arizona and join the graduate perfusion sciences program. It was here that I fell in love with cardiology, heart devices and transplants. Working alongside cardiothoracic and transplant surgeons, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in academic medicine, focusing on pediatric and adult cardiac care.

Honors & Awards: 
  • International Conference Ed Ristaino Memorial Scholarship
  • American Society of Extracorporeal Technology Scholarship
  • Lawrence Scientific Presentation Award, American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion
  • Graduate Fellowship Scholarship, University of Arizona
  • The Biological Sciences Undergraduate Excellence in Research Award 
  • Vice President Research Undergraduate Student Research Award (VPR USRA)
Selected Publications: 
  1. Iwanski J, Tran PL, Jerman C, Smith R, Kazui T, Khalpey Z. Off-pump left ventricular assist device exchange via re-do left mini-thoracotomy with original outflow graft preservation. Perfusion. 2017 Apr;32(3):179-182. doi: 10.1177/0267659116677572. Epub 2016 Oct 28. PubMed PMID: 27794072.

  2. Iwanski J, Kazui T, Le Tran P, Basken R, Wong RK, Khalpey Z. Novel method using rotational thromboelastography analysis for intraoperative management of device patient with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. Blood Coagul Fibrinolysis. 2016 Dec;27(8):943-947. PubMed PMID: 26757013.

  3. Kazui T, Tran PL, Echeverria A, Jerman CF, Iwanski J, Kim SS, Smith RG, Khalpey ZI. Minimally invasive approach for percutaneous CentriMag right ventricular assist device support using a single PROTEKDuo Cannula. J Cardiothorac Surg. 2016 Aug 4;11(1):123. doi: 10.1186/s13019-016-0515-y. PubMed PMID: 27487837; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4973083.

  4. Iwanski J, Wong RK, Larson DF, Ferng AS, Runyan RB, Goldstein S, Khalpey Z. Remodeling an infarcted heart: novel hybrid treatment with transmyocardial revascularization and stem cell therapy. Springerplus. 2016 Jun 16;5(1):738. doi: 10.1186/s40064-016-2355-6. eCollection 2016 Jun 16. Review. PubMed PMID: 27376006; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4909685.

  5. Tran PL, Kazui T, Perovic V, Mikail P, Lick S, Smith R, Betterton EW, Venkat R, Iwanski J, Wong RK, Slepian MJ, Khalpey Z. Case Report: Disparate flow in HeartMate II patient with extensive left ventricle repair. Perfusion. 2016 May;31(4):349-52. doi: 10.1177/0267659115614639. Epub 2015 Nov 2. PubMed PMID: 26531760.

  6. Sadatsafavi M, Rousseau R, Chen W, Zhang W, Lynd L, FitzGerald JM; Economic Burden of Asthma Study Team.. The preventable burden of productivity loss due to suboptimal asthma control: a population-based study. Chest. 2014 Apr;145(4):787-93. PubMed PMID: 24337140.

  7. Fitzpatrick SM, Gries R, Khaskin G, Peach DA, Iwanski J, Gries G. Populations of the gall midge Dasineura oxycoccana on cranberry and blueberry produce and respond to different sex pheromones. J Chem Ecol. 2013 Jan;39(1):37-49. doi: 10.1007/s10886-012-0230-7. Epub 2013 Jan 8. PubMed PMID: 23297107.