Inova's ECMO Team

ECMO requires multidisciplinary team support and many services contribute to offer premium care to these special patients at Inova. Specialists include:

  • Critical care physicians / intensivists
  • Critical care nurses
  • ECMO specialist
  • Cardiac surgeons
  • Perfusionist
  • Clinical pharmacist
  • Cardiologists
  • Pulmonologists 
  • Lung and heart transplant physicians
  • Infectious disease physicians
  • Nephrologists 
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Speech therapists
  • Neuro critical care physicians
  • Social workers
  • Neonatologists
  • Pediatric critical care
  • Vascular surgeons
  • Interventional radiology

ECMO Team Leaders

Dr. Erik OsbornErik Osborn, MD

Dr. Erik Osborn is Medical Director of Inova’s Adult ECMO Program. Dr. Osborn is an internationally recognized adult ECMO physician and educator. During his Army service he started ECMO programs for the U.S. military in Germany and in Hawaii. He has led some of the longest successful adult ECMO transports on record in the Pacific, Southwest Asia, and Europe. Dr. Osborn has led ECMO courses for the American College of Chest Physicians for a decade.


Dr. Mehul A. DesaiMehul A. Desai, MD

Dr. Mehul Desai is Medical Director, Cardiovascular ICU and Medical Co-Director of Inova’s Adult ECMO program. Board certified in Internal Medicine and Critical Care, Dr. Desai is an ECMO physician and educator.


Dr. Ramesh SinghRamesh Singh, MD

Dr. Ramesh Singh is a cardiothoracic surgeon who is Surgical Director, Adult ECMO and Director of Mechanical Circulatory Support at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute.


Dr. Liam RyanLiam Ryan, MD

Dr. Liam Ryan is a cardiothoracic surgeon and Director, Inova Lung Transplant Program.


Dr. Alan SpeirAlan Speir, MD

Dr Alan Speir is a cardiothoracic surgeon who is Director, Adult and Pediatric ECMO for Inova Health System and Chief of Cardiac Surgery.


Dr. William StotzWilliam Stotz, MD

Dr. William Stotz, a pediatric intensivist, leads the Neonatal and Pediatric ECMO division of the program. Board certified in pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine, Dr. Stotz brings over 20 years of clinical experience to Inova Children's Hospital.


Dr. Heidi DaltonHeidi Dalton, MD, MCCM

Dr. Heidi Dalton is the Director of the Inova Pediatric ECLS Program. She is a leader in pediatric critical care and extracorporeal life support with more than 20 years experience. Dr. Dalton has developed, expanded and led ECMO programs from neonates through adults.