Dr. Renzo Cecere


Dr. Renzo Cecere



Dr. Cecere is the McGill University Chief of Cardiac Surgery, Surgical Director of the Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation Program, and Director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support Program.

He is also Associate Member of the McGill University Department of Mechanical Engineering, and a Director and Principal Investigator of the Research Institute of the MUHC Myocardial Regeneration Laboratory.

For over a decade, Dr. Cecere’s lab has been investigating novel methods to strengthen the stem-cell induced regeneration of infarcted heart tissue.

In Dr. Cecere’s recent project (under review, Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine), the team encapsulated placenta derived stem cells in a hydrogel scaffold and implanted it in a rat MI model.

Dr. Cecere’s lab recently published a systematic review and meta-analysis that demonstrated that stem cells combined with bioactive scaffolds provide enhanced tissue regeneration in animal models of MI, compared to stem cells injected alone.