Michael Pienta, MD, MS

Integrated Thoracic Surgery Residency


Michael Pienta is a resident in the Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery program at the University of Michigan. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, graduating with High Distinction. He went on to attend medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, during which time he completed additional coursework to obtain a Master of Science in Clinical Research from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, with support from an NIH TL1 grant.

Francis Pagani M.D., Ph.D.
Donald Likosky Ph.D.
Peter Sassalos M.D.


Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interest: Adult Cardiac - Transplant, Critical Care

Dr. Pienta’s research interests include quality and safety after cardiac surgery. He is currently working under the mentorship of Francis Pagani M.D., Ph.D. and Donald Likosky Ph.D. to investigate the burden and determinants of adverse events after left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation. He recently presented the first risk-adjusted national analysis of adverse events after LVAD implantation at the 2022 Society of Thoracic Surgeon's Annual Meeting. For this work, he was awarded the Society of Thoracic Surgeon's President's Award, given to the best abstract by a resident or young investigator. He also has a specific interest in the prevention and management of right heart failure after LVAD implantation. In addition, Dr. Pienta is currently completing a Surgical Critical Care Fellowship. Dr. Pienta is also actively involved in the mentorship of medical students and serves as a statistical reviewer for The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.



M.D., University of Michigan Medical School (2017)

M.S., Clinical Research, University of Michigan (2017)

B.B.A, Business Administration, University of Michigan (2012)