Advanced Heart Failure, Transplant, Cardiovascular Disease
Areas of Interest
Cardiology, Congestive Heart Failure, Left Ventricular Assist Devices, Cardiomyopathies
Dr. Egnaczyk grew up in Connecticut as the oldest of four children. At Yale University, he earned a B.S. in chemical engineering. After college he completed the Physician Scientist Training Program at the University of Cincinnati, earning both an MD and PhD in seven years. His PhD in Pharmacology & Cell Biophysics focused on the protein chemistry involved in the formation of plaques that result in Alzheimer's disease.
After completing his medical degree he moved to Boston, MA to train in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Next stop was Duke University, where he completed general cardiology fellowship. At Duke, he worked as a post-doc in a Howard Hughes Medical Institute-sponsored laboratory studying cardiac regeneration in the zebrafish. Ultimately, he figured out that his passion lay in clinical medicine as opposed to basic science research. He completed training in advanced heart failure, which includes heart transplant and mechanical heart pumps.
In 2011, Dr. Egnaczyk moved back to Cincinnati to help establish a program in mechanical circulatory device support, including left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), for patients with advanced heart failure at The Christ Hospital. He states "it is remarkable to witness how LVADs can not just save lives, but restore a life back to these patients filled with activity and vigor."
Many patients with heart disease, in particular heart failure, resign themselves to quality of life that does not satisfy them. Dr. Egnaczyk says this need not be so, "I often tell my patients to get out and do the things you enjoy. If symptoms limit you, let me know." There are a wide variety of treatment strategies in cardiology including medicines, devices, and surgeries that can enable patients to do more and feel better. His commitment to family-patient centered care was recognized when he received the Larry Otto Award at The Christ Hospital in 2012.
Dr. Egnaczyk and his wife, Heather, have three young children. Heather, an early childhood teacher, and also a triathlete when time allows, currently stays home to raise the children. When Dr. Egnaczyk is at home, he can be found gardening, running, shooting hoops and being surrounded by his family.