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A Little Bit About Me

David Convissar- Creator, Author, and Illustrator of Master the Machines

My name is David Convissar and I love mechanical support and the cardiac ICU. By training, I am a cardiac anesthesiologist and intensivist, splitting my time between the intensive care unit and the cardiac operating rooms. I am board certified in Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Transthoracic Echocardiography, and Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology. I am currently an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania (technically as of July 1, 2024). I have number of publications in the arena of mechanical circulatory support and point of care ultrasound, as well as a number of book chapters and illustrations seen in major journals and textbooks. Please feel free to download my CV (see below) to learn a little bit about me professionally including papers, talks, experience and more! I am a member of the American College of Cardiology as well as the American Society of Anesthesiology. Scroll down to see my education history as well as a number of illustrations featured in published materials! And hey... if you ever need a graphic for a paper or textbook, or want to arrange a talk! Feel free to shoot me a message!



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University Of Pittsburgh


Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Microbiology and a minor in Chemistry

Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School


Graduated from the Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School (formerly the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey UMDNJ) with my MD 

Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School


Completed my intern year in Internal Medicine, followed by my anesthesia residency at my home institution of NJMS and completed the written portion of my anesthesia board examination

Massachusetts General Hospital


Completed my fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. At this time I completed my oral board examination, making me board certified in anesthesia, as well as passing my boards in critical care medicine to become a board certified intensivist

Massachusetts General Hospital


Following my critical care fellowship, I completed my fellowship in cardiothoracic anesthesia. At this time I passed my echocardiography boards issued through the National Board of Echocardiographers (NBE), as well as the first ever issued Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Board Examination 

Massachusetts General Hospital/ University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

2022- Present

Since graduating, I worked in both the cardiothoracic operating rooms and intensive care units at the Massachusetts General Hospital. I am now working at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) until July, 2025 at which time I will be exploring where my career will take me next!

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