Cynthia Herrington, MD - Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Cynthia Herrington, MD

Surgical Director, Heart Transplant Program
Executive Director, Gender Equity, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Ryan Winston Family Chair in Transplant Cardiology
Professor of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Dr. Herrington completed her training in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Minnesota in 1998. She then came to Children's Hospital Los Angeles and completed the Congenital Cardiovascular and Transplant Fellowship. In June, 1999 she returned to the University of Minnesota where she was an active Cardiothoracic Surgeon, specializing in congenital cardiac surgery and thoracic transplantation.

During that time, she was recognized by her peers in the community by being voted onto the Minneapolis-St. Paul Top Doctors list for 6 of 9 years she was in Minnesota. She was actively involved in teaching, program development, clinical research and publications , much of which related to transplantation including, heart and lung transplantation in children.

In 2008, Dr. Herrington returned to Children's Hospital Los Angeles as a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery. She assumed the responsibility for the Congenital Training Program. This was a natural fit with her history of running the cardiac training program for four years at the University of Minnesota.

She has now established herself in Los Angeles and has an extremely busy surgical practice, consisting of primarily a blend of infants and neonates.

She holds the Ryan Winston Family Chair in Transplant Cardiology at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and is still quite active with teaching at the national level. Dr. Herrington is a very active member in the field of congenital heart surgery, both in her clinical practice and her contributions to education and research.


Medical School

Northwestern Ohio Universities College of Medicine


St. Luke's Medical Center, General Surgery


St. Luke's Medical Center, General Surgery


University of Minnesota, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Congenital Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery



Surgery: Thoracic Surgery

Professional Memberships

Thoracic Surgery Directors Association; Women in Thoracic Surgery; American College of Surgeons; Minnesota Women Physicians; International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation; American Society of Transplant Surgeons; American Academy of Pediatrics; Society of Thoracic Surgeons; American College of Chest Physicians; Western Thoracic Surgical Association



Coronary artery vasculopathy following heart transplantation; Donor management strategies to increase lung donors; Causes and implications of primary graft dysfunction in lung transplant recipients.

Research Studies

To assess the survival rate of subjects at 6 and 12 months following implantation of the Bioabsorbable pulmonary valve conduit. To assess the rate of conduit failures at 6 months, requiring re-intervention or reoperation.