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Ernesto A. Pretto, Jr., M.D., MPH

General Information

Ernesto A. Pretto, Jr., M.D., MPH


  • Fax: 305-243-5846


  • Epidemiology & Public Health
  • Anesthesiology
  • Critical Care Medicine-Anesthesiology


English, Spanish

Clinical Areas

Liver and Multivisceral Transplantation

Portopulmonary Hypertension


  • American Board of Anesthesiology-Critical Care Medicine
  • American Board of Anesthesiology


  • Chief, Division of Solid Organ Transplant
  • Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology

Research Interests

  • Hepatic ischemia reperfusion injury
  • Preservation of pancreatic islet cells for transplantation
  • Emergency and Disaster Preparedness



Best Doctors of America
Stable Liquid Formulations of Volatile Gas Anesthetics


2002 M.B.A. (Mini)
Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
1995 MPH
University of Pittsburgh
1984 Fellow in Critical Care Research
International Resuscitation Research Center/University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
1983 Fellow in Critical Care Medicine
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
1982 Fellow in Cardiac Anesthesia
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
1982 Resident in Anesthesiology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
1979 Resident in General Surgery
Gorgas US Army Hospital (MEDDAC Panama Canal Zone)
1978 Internship
Santo Tomas Hospital, Panama
1977 M.D.
University of Panama


Ernesto A. Pretto, Jr. M.D., M.P.H.  (Epidemiology) is currently Professor and Chief, Division of Solid Organ Transplant and Vascular Anesthesia, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital.

 Dr. Pretto is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology with Special Qualifications in Critical Care Medicine. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Panama, Republic of Panama and completed residency training in Anesthesiology with Fellowships in Cardiac Anesthesia at Jacobi Hospital and Cardiology research at Montefiore Medical Center, New York, Albert Einstein School of Medicine of Yeshival University. He also completed a 2-year Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine and Research, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research (SCRR). He was Associate Director of the SCRR and continues to hold a joint appointment as Associate Scientist. In addition he is Adjunct Professor, at the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh. He was selected as a Super Doctor and Best Doctor in America for 2011-2012.

 Dr. Pretto¹s research has covered a wide range of fields in Medicine and Public Health, including basic science research on organ preservation solutions for Islet Cell Transplantation. He holds a US provisional patent entitled: stable liquid formulations of volatile gas anesthetics. Current research is on the use of ultra stable nano-emulsified formulations of volatile anesthetics for intravenous administration as general anesthetic, topical anesthetic, and as an adjunct for cell, tissue and organ preservation or resuscitation. He was a semifinalist for the 2012 Cade Museum Prize for Innovation and Invention.


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