Arielle Drummond


University of Pittsburgh Seal

Arielle Drummond

Faculty Mentor: James Antaki


Research:An innovative pediatric ventricular assist device (PVAD) is being developed to treat a patient group (2.5 kg- 15 kg) that has very few VAD options due to their size. The aim of this PhD project is determine the optimal positioning of the PVAD and cannulae to minimize associated complications with implantation. To accomplish this goal, the project proposes three specific aims: generation of 3D digital and physical models of pediatric anatomy, determination of optimal implantation geometry of the outflow cannula to the aorta through simulation and experimental validation, and the development of a means of attachment for the outflow cannula. Successful completion of these three aims will enable the PVAD team to optimize the design of the system in the early stages of development.


  • Drummond A, Bachman T, Keller B, Antaki J. "Three-dimensional virtual anatomic fit study for an implantable pediatric ventricular assist device". Proceedings for the International Conference on Computational Science2006(): , 2006 
  • Drummond A, Antaki J. "Virtual fit study of pediatric artificial heart implant". Digital Human Modeling: Trends in Human Algorithms2008( ): pp. 71-89, 2008 
  • Drummond A, Verkaik J, Vandenberghe S, Bajona P, Antaki J. "In-vitro evaluation of conformal pediatric ventricular cannula". ASAIO2010( ): , 2010 


  • International Conference on Pediatric Mechanical Circulatory Support and Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Perfusion, Boston, MA, United States of America, 05/2010 
  • International Conference on Computational Science, Reading, N/A, United Kingdom, 05/200 
  • Medicine Meets Virtual Reality, Long Beach, CA, United States of America, 02/2007 
  • We Are IT, Youngstown, OH, United States of America, 11/2007 
  • McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Scientific Retreat , Farmington, PA, United States of America, 03/2008 
  • ASAIO Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, United States of America, 06/2008 
  • ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference, Marco Island, FL, United States of America, 06/2008