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    Jeffrey B. Anderson, MD, MPH

    is an electrophysiologist with a clinical interest in heart rhythm abnormalities and syncope in pediatric patients. His has a research interest in quality improvement and outcomes in infants and children with congenital heart disease. He is currently working on projects to improve medical management of pediatric patients presenting with syncope as well as to improve nutrition and growth in infants with complex congenital heart disease.

    513-636-3865
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    Jeffrey B. Anderson, MD, MPH

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-3865

    Fax: 513-636-3952

    Email: jeffrey.anderson@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Pediatric electrophysiology; Syncope; Quality improvement and outcomes

    Research Interests

    Syncope, nutrition and growth in congenital heart disease, large database analysis, quality improvement

    Biography

    Jeffrey B. Anderson MD, MPH, is an assistant professor of pediatrics with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and holds a joint appointment with the Heart Institute and the James M. Anderson Center for Clinical Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

    Dr. Anderson obtained both his medical degree and his Masters in Public Health from the University of Utah School of Medicine. He completed an internship in internal medicine and pediatrics at the North Carolina Memorial Hospital followed by a pediatrics residency at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC. Following a year serving as pediatric chief resident in Chapel Hill, he completed his pediatric cardiology fellowship and advanced training in electrophysiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

    Dr. Anderson’s research interests include nutrition in congenital heart disease, syncope in the pediatric population and application of quality improvement methodology to improve outcomes in congenital heart disease. Dr. Anderson has spent the last several years working with infants with congenital heart disease with nutritional failure to better understand the etiology of their growth problems and to design interventions to improve their growth.

    Following cardiology fellowship, Dr. Anderson helped establish the Syncope Clinic in the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and he continues to direct the work in this clinic.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

    Residency: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

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    Robert H. Beekman, III, MD

    is a recognized leader in pediatric cardiology and interventional cardiology. He’s currently researching participation in multicenter trials of stent therapy for coarctation (COAST), covered stents for coarctation and aortic aneurysms, and the C3PO Registry. Dr. Beekman is also chair of the JCCHD National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPC-QIC) and a member of the Steering Committee of the ACC/NCDR IMPACT Registry.

    513-636-7072
    rbeekman@cchmc.org

    Robert H. Beekman, III, MD

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7072

    Fax: 513-636-2410

    Email: rbeekman@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Cardiac catheterization; intervention for congenital heart disease; quality improvement

    Biography

    Robert H. Beekman, III, MD, is currently a professor of pediatric cardiology at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Beekman's subspecialty interests involve cardiac catheterization and interventional cardiology, and clinical quality improvement.

    A native of California, Dr. Beekman graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, and earned his MD from Duke University in Durham, NC. Dr. Beekman completed his pediatric internship and residency at UCLA Medical Center, and his pediatric cardiology fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI. Dr. Beekman also obtained a master's degree in statistical analysis and research design from the University of Michigan. From 1985 to 1996, Dr. Beekman was a member of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Michigan School of Medicine. From 1996-2006 he was director of Cardiology at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati, and professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine.

    Dr. Beekman's academic interests relate to cardiac catheterization, and he has made numerous scholarly contributions in the field of hemodynamic assessment and transcatheter intervention for congenital heart disease. He has published more than 170 manuscripts in cardiology journals.

    Dr. Beekman has been active in the cardiology community, locally and nationally. He is chair of the Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Beekman also is the Chair of the JCCHD National Quality Improvement Collaborative for pediatric cardiology. Dr. Beekman has been a member of the Executive Committee and the Training Committee of the AHA Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young, and of the Congenital Heart Committee of the ACC. He is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Interventional Cardiology, a contributing editor of theHeart.org, an Internet cardiology journal, and an associate editor of Congenital Heart Disease.

    Education and Training

    MD: Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, 1976.

    MS: Clinical Research Design and Statistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1986.

    Residency: Pediatrics, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, 1976 to 1979.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, CS Mott Children's Hospital, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1979 to 1982.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1981; Pediatric Cardiology, 1983.

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    Burns C. Blaxall, PhD, FAHA Director of Translational Science, Heart Institute

    is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms associated with the development and progression of heart failure. We are particularly interested in developing novel heart failure therapeutics targeting myocardial function and fibrosis. To this end, we also seek to understand the pathologic role of cardiac myocyte and non-myocyte (i.e.. fibroblast) intercellular communication.

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    Burns C. Blaxall, PhD, FAHA

    Director of Translational Science, Heart Institute

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-4005

    Email: burns.blaxall@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Molecular and signaling mechanisms of heart failure; cardiac fibrosis; drug and therapeutic discovery

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    Biography

    Dr. Burns C. Blaxall has focused his entire career on understanding the molecular mechanisms of heart failure. He received his PhD in pharmacology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and postdoctoral training at Duke University Medical Center. He then rose through the faculty ranks at the University of Rochester Medical Center and the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute, where he also directed the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Med-into-Grad Fellowship in Cardiovascular Science. 

    In 2012, he was recruited to the Heart Institute of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where he is director of Translational Science. Dr. Blaxall has received many academic honors, including the Early Career Investigator Award from the American Heart Association (AHA), the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Founder’s AHA Affiliate, the Merit Award for Research Achievement from Mended Hearts, and election as fellow of the AHA.

    Education and Training

    PhD: University of Colorado HSC, Denver, CO, 1999.

    Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.

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    Jonathan W. Byrnes, MD Attending Cardiac Intensivist, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

    is a cardiac intensivist who is active in clinical and translational research involving extracorporeal life support. This research is focused on the biocompatibility of the patient/device interface and the associated interaction of coagulation and inflammatory pathways. The aim of these endeavors is to decrease the incidence of end organ dysfunction and stroke associated with these therapies.

    513-803-1801
    jonathan.byrnes@cchmc.org

    Jonathan W. Byrnes, MD

    Attending Cardiac Intensivist, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-1801

    Email: jonathan.byrnes@cchmc.org

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    Biography

    Jonathan Byrnes, MD, is an assistant professor of pediatrics with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and an attending cardiac intensivist in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. He joined the faculty in July 2013. 

    A native of Mississippi, Dr. Byrnes graduated with Honors from University of Mississippi and earned his medical degree from University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2005. He completed his pediatric residency at Blair Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson, MS and a combined fellowship in cardiology and critical care medicine at Arkansas Children's Hospital. Dr. Byrnes’s clinical interests are providing superb, cost-effective care and delivering cohesive management amongst all specialties in the cardiac intensive care unit.

    Dr. Byrnes is active in clinical and translational research involving extracorporeal life support that would benefit critically ill children. This research is primarily focused on the biocompatibility of the patient / device interface and the associated interaction of the coagulation and inflammatory pathways. The aim of these endeavors is to ultimately decrease the incidence of end organ dysfunction and stroke associated with these therapies.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, 2005.

    Residency: Pediatrics, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, 2008.

    Fellowships: Combined Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Arkansas Children's Hospital, University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, 2013.

    Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 2008.

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    James F. Cnota, MD

    is a pediatric cardiologist with clinical focus in echocardiography and fetal cardiology. His research activities are in two areas: 1) fetal cardiology and perinatal risk factors in congenital heart disease and 2) multicenter clinical trials in pediatric cardiovascular disease.

    513-636-0426
    james.cnota@cchmc.org

    James F. Cnota, MD

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-0426

    Email: james.cnota@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Fetal cardiology including fetal echocardiography

    Research Interests

    Impact of insulin sensitivity on left ventricular mass in healthy teens; blood pressure in offspring of preeclamptic mothers; fetal programming of cardiovascular outcomes; multicenter trials in pediatric heart disease

    Education and Training

    BS: Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1991

    MD: Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1995

    Residency: University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson, Arizona, 1998

    Fellowship: Cardiology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2001

    MS: Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 2005

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    David S. Cooper, MD, MPH Director, Cardiac Extracorporeal Life Support Program

    has clinical and research interests that relate to many aspects of cardiac intensive care, including fluid overload and acute kidney injury in critical illness; near infrared spectroscopy in the CVICU; early extubation after neonatal and infant congenital heart surgery; impact of gestational age on outcome; and analysis of morbidity/mortality in patients with congenital heart disease.

    513-803-1801
    david.cooper@cchmc.org

    David S. Cooper, MD, MPH

    Director, Cardiac Extracorporeal Life Support Program

    Associate Director, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-1801

    Email: david.cooper@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Cardiac critical care; extracorporeal life support

    Education and Training

    MD: University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida, 1996.

    MPH: University of South Florida College of Public Health, Tampa, Florida, 1999.

    Residency: All Children’s Hospital, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL.

    Fellowships: Cardiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH; Critical Care, Children’s Medical Center Dallas, UT Southwestern, Dallas, Texas.

    Certifications: American Board of Pediatrics; American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-board of Pediatric Cardiology; American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-board of Pediatric Critical Care.

    Publications

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    Allison A. Divanovic, MD Co-Director, Medical Student/Resident Education, Heart Institute

    is a pediatric cardiologist who specializes in noninvasive imaging, specifically transthoracic and fetal echocardiography. Her research interests include the impact of Twin-twin transfusion syndrome on the fetal heart as well as the management of fetuses with congenital heart defects, in particular, hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

    513-636-3867
    allison.divanovic@cchmc.org

    Allison A. Divanovic, MD

    Co-Director, Medical Student/Resident Education, Heart Institute

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-3867

    Fax: 513-636-9747

    Email: allison.divanovic@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Pediatric cardiology; fetal and neonatal cardiology; transthoracic, transesophageal and fetal echocardiography

    Research

    Echocardiographic predictors of cardiac involvement in the fetus with twin-twin transfusion syndrome; risk factors for intrauterine fetal demise in the fetus with congenital heart disease; Improvement in the prenatal identification of fetal coarctation; prediction of atrial septal restriction in the fetus with HLHS

    Education and Training

    MD: Univeristy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

    Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

    Publications

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    Stuart L. Goldstein, MD Director, Center for Acute Care Nephrology

    focuses on all aspects of acute kidney injury (AKI) spanning from translational work in AKI biomarker validation to long-term AKI epidemiology and outcomes. He is specifically interested in improving outcomes in the critically ill child with or at risk for AKI.

    513-803-3295
    stuart.goldstein@cchmc.org

    Stuart L. Goldstein, MD

    Director, Center for Acute Care Nephrology

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-3295

    Fax: 513-636-6407

    Email: stuart.goldstein@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Acute kidney injury; continuous renal replacement therapy; end-stage renal disease; health-related quality of life

    Research Interests

    Acute kidney injury epidemiology and biomarkers; health-related quality of life in ESRD; cardiovascular complications and inflammation in ESRD

    Biography

    Stuart L. Goldstein, MD, has been an active investigator in the field of pediatric acute kidney injury (AKI) since 2000.  Dr. Goldstein’s main research foci include: AKI epidemiology and outcomes, acute renal replacement therapy provision and investigation of novel urinary AKI biomarkers in the pediatric population. Dr. Goldstein has established a strong record of interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration with cardiologists, intensivists and emergency center physicians, which is evidenced by his establishment and directing of the Prospective Pediatric Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy Registry from 2001 to 2012, and the Prospective Pediatric AKI Research Group (ppAKI-RG) in 2012. The ppAKI-RG is comprised of 39 centers from around the world with the goal of improving outcomes for the child with or at-risk for, AKI. 

    Dr. Goldstein has led initial efforts to develop a standardized definition for pediatric AKI, assess novel AKI biomarkers in heterogeneous populations, and conceiving and validating stratification tools to identify patients at risk for AKI. Building up these findings, Dr. Goldstein embarked on establishing the ppAKI-RG consortium to focus on multi-centered research studies that are dedicated to understanding and treating AKI in pediatric patients.  Currently, the ppAKI-RG has initiated three major, and unprecedented, national and international studies (AWARE, NINJA and DIRECT) to reduce AKI and improve patient outcomes. Dr. Goldstein is also a recognized educator; he has developed the only pediatric specific acute care nephrology sub-specialty fellowship with graduates who are now leaders in the field of pediatric AKI.

    Education and Training

    MD: Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, 1990.

    Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Nephrology, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA.

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    Grants

    Inflammation, malnutrition and cardiac calcification in pediatric ESRD patients receiving dialysis. Principal Investigator.  Casey Lee Ball Foundation. Jan 2010 - Dec 2020.
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    Bryan H. Goldstein, MD

    is an interventional pediatric cardiologist with a clinical focus on minimally invasive and hybrid transcatheter therapies for complex congenital and structural heart disease. His research interests include novel transcatheter interventions (including fetal therapy), long-term outcomes following interventions for congenital heart disease, long-term functional outcomes following Fontan palliation for single ventricle physiology, and investigations of vascular function in repaired or palliated CHD patients.

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    bryan.goldstein@cchmc.org

    Bryan H. Goldstein, MD

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7072

    Fax: 513-636-2410

    Email: bryan.goldstein@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Cardiac catheterization; intervention for congenital heart disease; transcatheter valve implantation; single ventricle physiology

    Biography

    Bryan H. Goldstein, MD, joined the Heart Institute in August 2011 in the section of cardiac catheterization and intervention. He was previously a clinical lecturer at the University of Michigan where he completed fellowship training. 

    A native of Boston, MA, Dr. Goldstein graduated with Distinction and Honors from Amherst College, where he was a goalie on the men's lacrosse team. He earned his medical degree with Honors from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric internship and residency in the Boston Combined Residency in Pediatrics (Children's Hospital Boston) and his pediatric cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowships at the University of Michigan (C.S. Mott Children's Hospital) in Ann Arbor, MI.

    Dr. Goldstein’s clinical expertise is in congenital cardiac catheterization. He is interested in invasive physiologic assessment of complex congenital heart disease, including single ventricle physiology, as well as minimally invasive transcatheter therapies.  Dr. Goldstein is also interested in furthering hybrid therapies offered for congenital heart disease in patients both young and old.

    Dr. Goldstein’s research interests include novel transcatheter interventions (including fetal therapy) and long-term outcomes following interventions for congenital heart disease. An additional research focus includes long-term functional outcomes following Fontan palliation for single ventricle physiology. Dr. Goldstein previously served as a co-investigator for the Melody™ Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Post-Approval Study.

    Dr. Goldstein is an active member of the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, and American Academy of Pediatrics.

    Education and Training

    MD: Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, 2004.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA, 2007. 

    Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI, 2010.

    Advanced Fellowship: Interventional Cardiology, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI, 2011.

    Certifications: Pediatrics, 2007; Pediatric Cardiology, 2010. 

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    Robert Bruce Hinton, MD Director, Heart Institute BioRepository (HIBR)

    is a pediatric cardiologist who has basic and translational research programs. His laboratory studies the genetic and developmental basis of pediatric heart disease with a focus on cardiovascular malformations and valve disease.

    513-636-0389
    robert.hinton@cchmc.org

    Robert Bruce Hinton, MD

    Director, Heart Institute BioRepository (HIBR)

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-0389

    Fax: 513-636-5958

    Email: robert.hinton@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Cardiovascular genetics; echocardiography

    Research Interests

    Valve and aorta disease using human genetics and molecular developmental biology approaches

    Biography

    Dr. Hinton graduated from Bucknell University with degrees in art history and philosophy. He earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston SC. He completed his pediatric residency training at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah GA and his pediatric cardiology fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Hinton went on to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular genetics and molecular cardiology at Cincinnati Children’s. He has been an attending staff member of the Division of Cardiology since 2006.

    Dr. Hinton’s clinical interests relate to cardiovascular genetics and echocardiography. He is a member of the cardiovascular genetics service, and staffs the echocardiography laboratory. Dr. Hinton’s academic interests focus on translational research efforts using mouse models of human disease to identify new therapeutic targets. Dr. Hinton is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Heart Association, the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, and the American Society of Matrix Biology. He was elected to the Society for Pediatric Research in 2007.

    Education and Training

    BA: Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA.

    MD: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC.

    Residency: Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah, GA.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's  Research Foundation, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Twist1 regulation of valve progenitors. Co-Investigator. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NIH/NHLBI). Jul 2010-Jun 2015.

    Trial of Beta Blocker Therapy (Atenolol) vs. Angiotensin II Receptor Blocker Therapy (Losartan). Co-Investigator. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NIH/NHLBI) Pediatric Heart Network. Sept 2006-Aug 2016.

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    John Lynn Jefferies, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACC Director, Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy

    is a clinical cardiologist who has translational and clinical research programs. His research involves cardiomyopathy and cardiovascular genetics with specific interest in dystrophinopathies and aortopathies in children and adults. He also has clinical research projects investigating novel biomarkers of heart failure, chemotherapy induced cardiotoxicity, and the cardiorenal syndrome.

    513-803-1675
    john.jefferies@cchmc.org

    John Lynn Jefferies, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACC

    Director, Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-1675

    Email: john.jefferies@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Heritable causes of vascular disease; novel drug therapies for advanced heart failure; novel gene discovery in cardiomyopathy; characterization and management of left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC); early diagnosis and management of chemotherapy induced cardiotoxicity. 

    Biography

    Dr. Jefferies, an associate professor of pediatric cardiology and adult cardiovascular diseases, is the director of Advanced Heart Failure / Cardiomyopathy within the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. 

    He completed his combined pediatric and adult cardiology training at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas at the Texas Children's Hospital and the Texas Heart Institute. He has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters on cardiomyopathy, cardiovascular genetics, and adults with congenital heart disease. 

    His current research interests include heritable causes of vascular disease, novel drug therapies for advanced heart failure, novel gene discovery in cardiomyopathy, characterization and management of left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC), and early diagnosis and management of chemotherapy induced cardiotoxicity. 

    He is on the editorial board of the Texas Heart Institute Journal and is an active member of numerous professional organization including the Heart Failure Society of America, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

    Education and Training

    BS: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 1992.

    MD: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 1996.

    Residency: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2000.

    MPH: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2001 Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2006.

    Certification: Internal Medicine, 2000; Pediatrics, 2001

    Publications

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    Thomas R. Kimball, MD Medical Director, Heart Institute

    is a clinical cardiologist who has clinical research interests in the impact of systemic diseases (including renal, pulmonary and hematologic) on cardiovascular structure and function. He has studied the impact of pediatric obesity on both cardiac and arterial anatomy and physiology and directs the Cardiovascular Imaging Core Research Laboratory which is active in using echocardiography to cardiac phenotype transgenic mice models.

    513-636-8270
    tom.kimball@cchmc.org

    Thomas R. Kimball, MD

    Medical Director, Heart Institute

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-8270

    Fax: 513-636-3952

    Email: tom.kimball@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Congential heart disease; echocardiography; cardiac imaging

    Research Interests

    Ventricular function; transgenic mice phenotyping; cardiovascular changes with obstructive sleep apnea; cardiovascular changes with renal disease; pediatric obesity; cardiovascular changes in fit and unfit children; echocardiography quality assurance

    Biography

    Thomas R. Kimball, MD, is a professor of pediatrics with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and is currently the medical director of the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    A native of California, Dr. Kimball graduated with Distinction and Honors from Stanford University. He earned his medical degree from New York University, New York, NY.  He completed his pediatric internship and residency at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and his pediatric cardiology fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. 

    Dr. Kimball has been an attending staff member of the Division of Cardiology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine since 1988.

    Dr. Kimball's academic interests relate to echocardiography and he has made numerous scholarly contributions in the field of ventricular function utilizing echocardiography, particularly in the field of hypertension and obesity.

    He has established collaborative relationships with basic scientists at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine using echocardiography to evaluate phenotypes of transgenic mice, including embryonic mice.

    Dr. Kimball has been active in the cardiology community. He is a member of the American Society of Echocardiography, American Heart Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Cardiology and an investigator in the NIH Pediatric Heart Network. 

    He was also a member of the first Family Advisory Council at Cincinnati Children's and received the 2006 Family Advisory Council Award of Excellence.

    In 2010, he was made the medical director of the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children's. 

    Education and Training

    BS: Stanford University with Honors and Distinction, Stanford, CA, 1978.

    MD: New York University School of Medicine, New York City, NY, 1982. 

    Residency: Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 1985. 

    Fellowship: Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1988. 

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1986; Pediatric Cardiology, 1991 (recertification, 1997, 2004).

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    Shelley Kirk, PhD, RD, LD Director, HealthWorks!, Center for Better Health and Nutrition, Heart Institute

    is a clinical dietitian specializing in the assessment and treatment of obese youth and their families. With her doctorate in epidemiology, her research interests are focused on evaluating the effectiveness and efficacy of the dietary component as part of a comprehensive pediatric weight management intervention offered in a clinical setting.

    513-636-4305
    shelley.kirk@cchmc.org

    Shelley Kirk, PhD, RD, LD

    Director, HealthWorks!, Center for Better Health and Nutrition, Heart Institute

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4305

    Fax: 513-636-2459

    Email: shelley.kirk@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Developing effective interventions for overweight and obese children and adolescents

    Biography

    Shelley Kirk, PhD, RD, LD, is director of HealthWorks! and a staff member of the Center for Better Health and Nutrition, the obesity prevention program of the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    Education and Training

    BS: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 1976.

    MS: University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, 1978; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1988.

    PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2003.

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    Timothy K. Knilans, MD Director, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing

    is a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist with a large clinical practice in management of arrhythmia and syncope. He has extensive experience in non-invasive electrocardiographic methods and invasive therapeutic modalities including catheter and surgical ablation and implanted electrical device therapy. His research interests center on evaluation and treatment of syncope and prevention of sudden cardiac death.

    513-636-7269
    timothy.knilans@cchmc.org

    Timothy K. Knilans, MD

    Director, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7269

    Fax: 513-636-3952

    Email: timothy.knilans@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Cardiac electrophysiology and pacing; radio frequency ablation; tilt table testing

    Research Interests

    Cardiac arrest; sudden cardiac death

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1983.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH, 1983-1986.

    Fellowship (Pediatric Cardiology): Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH, 1986-1989.

    Fellowship (Cardiac Electrophysiology): St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, IN, 1990-1991.

    Fellowship (Pediatric cardiac Electrophysiology): Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX, 1991.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1989 (Recertified 1999); Pediatric Cardiology, 1992 (Recertified 1998).

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    Andreas W. Loepke, MD, PhD Staff Anesthesiologist, Division of Cardiac Anesthesia

    is a pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist and clinician-scientist who directs a research laboratory investigating the effects of anesthetics on the developing brain. He chairs the department’s Data Safety Monitoring Board and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the journal Pediatric Anesthesia as well as the SmartTots Affiliate Advisory Council for the International Anesthesia Research Society.
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    513-636-4408

    Andreas W. Loepke, MD, PhD

    Staff Anesthesiologist, Division of Cardiac Anesthesia

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4408

    Fax: 513-636-7337

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    Specialties

    Anesthesia for neonates; congenital heart surgery; single-ventricle physiology

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    Biography

    Andreas W. Loepke, MD, PhD, has been practicing pediatric cardiac anesthesiology since 2000, first at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and since 2003 at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    Dr. Loepke’s research laboratory investigates the potential use of anesthetics for neurological protection during brain ischemia as well as their possible adverse effects on brain development. His research group discovered in animals that anesthetics differentially affect brain regions, dependent on the age during exposure. Related to these findings, his lab made the discovery that neurons are susceptible to the anesthetics’ toxic effects during a specifically vulnerable stage of their development.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Dusseldorf, Germany, 1993.

    PhD: University of Dusseldorf, Germany, 1995.

    Internship: General Surgery, Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 1996.

    Residency: Anesthesiology, Thomas Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, 1999.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Anesthesia and Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2000.

    Certification: Anesthesiology, 2000.

    Maintenance of Certification: Anesthesiology, 2010.

    Publications

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    Erik C. Michelfelder, MD Co-Director, Cardiac Imaging Services, Heart Institute

    is a clinical cardiologist who has clinical research programs in fetal cardiology and echocardiography.  Within the Fetal Heart Program, the fetal echocardiography lab studies anatomic and physiologic predictors of cardiac function, perinatal physiology, and clinical outcomes in fetuses with both structural and function cardiovascular abnormalities.  General echocardiographic research conducted by Dr. Michelfelder also included echocardiographic assessment of cardiac systolic and diastolic function in infants, children, and young adults with a variety of structural and function cardiac abnormalities.

    513-636-1199
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    Erik C. Michelfelder, MD

    Co-Director, Cardiac Imaging Services, Heart Institute

    Director, Fetal Heart Program, Heart Institute

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-1199

    Fax: 513-636-7468

    Email: erik.michelfelder@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Echocardiography; fetal cardiology; pediatric cardiology

    Biography

    Erik C. Michelfelder Sr., MD, is a professor of pediatrics with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is currently director of the Fetal Heart Program, and co-director of Cardiac Imaging Services for the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

    Dr. Michelfelder graduated with a degree in biology from Bucknell University and earned his MD from the Penn State University College of Medicine. He completed his residency in pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, and his cardiology fellowship at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

    Dr. Michelfelder has been a member of the Division of Cardiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center since 1998. His clinical and academic focus relate to fetal cardiology and echocardiography.

    He is a member of the American Society of Echocardiography, The American Heart Association, The American College of Cardiology, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Society for Pediatric Research.

    Education and Training

    BS: Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, 1986.

    MD: Penn State University College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania, 1990.

    Residency: St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1990-1993.

    Fellowship: C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1993-1996.

    Certification: Pediatrics 1991, Pediatric Cardiology 1998.

    Publications

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    Robert M. Siegel, MD, FAAP Medical Director, Center for Better Health and Nutrition

    is a general pediatrician whose clinical work is focused on pediatric weight management. His research interests are dietary interventions in overweight children, exercise in obese children and training community practitioners in obesity prevention and obesity treatment.

    513-636-9420
    bob.siegel@cchmc.org

    Robert M. Siegel, MD, FAAP

    Medical Director, Center for Better Health and Nutrition

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-9420

    Email: bob.siegel@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric obesity prevention and treatment

    Biography

    Robert M. Siegel is a professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati and medical director of the Center for Better Health and Nutrition of the Heart Institute. He graduated Magna cum laude from Hunter College of the City University of New York and earned his MD from New York University. Dr. Siegel did his pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He was a general pediatrician for more than twenty years before joining the Heart Institute and was president of the Medical Staff at Cincinnati Children’s from 2008 to 2010. Dr. Siegel’s research interests include dietary and physical activity interventions in obese children.

    Education and Training

    MD: New York University, School of Medicine, New York, NY, 1984.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1984-87.

    Fellowship: Infectious Diseases, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 1992. American Board of Pediatrics, 1988.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1988.

    Publications

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    James P. Spaeth, MD Director, Cardiac Anesthesia

    is a pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist and the Director of Cardiac Anesthesia. His clinical research interests include the effect of congenital cardiac disease and cardiac surgery on neurodevelopmental outcomes, and the use of cerebral monitoring during the perioperative period. He is also involved in Quality Improvement work focused on improving the safety of pediatric anesthesia.

    513-636-4408
    james.spaeth@cchmc.org

    James P. Spaeth, MD

    Director, Cardiac Anesthesia

    Staff Anesthesiologist

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia

    Phone: 513-636-4408

    Fax: 513-636-7337

    Email: james.spaeth@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Cardiac anesthesia; neurologic injury in children with congenital heart disease; improving perioperative safety

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA, 1993.

    Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA, 1994.

    Residency: Anesthesiology, University of California, San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, CA, 1997.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Anesthesiology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 1998.

    Certification: Anesthesiology, 1998.

    Publications

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    Michael D. Taylor, MD Director, Advanced Imaging Innovation

    is a non-invasive cardiologist interested in applications of imaging to problems of congenital and acquired heart disease. His primary research interest is cardiac MRI and its application in evaluating myocardial function and disease. He has a translational program that uses multi-modality imaging to characterize mouse models of inherited and acquired cardiomyopathies.

    513-803-0426
    michael.taylor1@cchmc.org

    Michael D. Taylor, MD

    Director, Advanced Imaging Innovation

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-0426

    Email: michael.taylor1@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Cardiac MRI; Cardiac CT; and echocardiography

    Research Interests

    Myocardial metabolism; animal models of heart failure; positron emission tomography 

    Biography

    Michael Taylor, MD joined the Heart Institute in July, 2010 as the director of Advanced Imaging Innovation. He was previously the director of cardiac magnetic resonance at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

    Dr. Taylor has expertise in cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography and computed tomography. He has a dual appointment in the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Imaging Research Center, an interdisciplinary facility of advanced imaging faculty with dedicated clinical and pre-clinical imaging equipment.

    Dr Taylor's primary interests include myocardial metabolism in heart failure, animal models of cardiac pathology, and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging of congenital and acquired heart disease.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI; 2001.

    PhD: Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI; 2001.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX; 2003.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX; 2006.

    Certification: Pediatrics; 2005.

    Certification: Pediatric Cardiology; 2006.

    Publications

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    Jeffrey A. Towbin, MD, FAAP, FACC, FAHA Executive Co-Director, Heart Institute; Chief, Pediatric Cardiology

    is the Executive Co-Director of the Heart Institute and the Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; he is a leading expert in cardiomyopathy and had authored numerous papers on cardiomyopathy and heart failure.

    513-636-3049
    jeffrey.towbin@cchmc.org

    Jeffrey A. Towbin, MD, FAAP, FACC, FAHA

    Executive Co-Director, Heart Institute; Chief, Pediatric Cardiology

    Director, Heart Institute Diagnostic Laboratory

    Academic Information

    UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-3049

    Email: jeffrey.towbin@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    BS: Biology, University of Cincinnati, 1974.

    MS: Cell Biology, University of Cincinnati, 1977.

    MD: University of Cincinnati, 1982.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 1985.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital, 1989.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Registry. Sub-Contract Principal Investigator. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Sep 2006 - Aug 2011. #RO1 HL53392-06A1.
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    Elaine M. Urbina, MD, MS Director, Preventive Cardiology

    is a pediatric preventive cardiologist who is interested in how CV risk factors affect vascular function. Her lab uses a variety of non-invasive techniques to measure how vascular structure (carotid intima-media thickness), arterial stiffness (pulse wave velocity) and endothelial function (brachial flow mediated dilation) are affected by a variety of pediatric diseases. 

    513-636-8265
    lipid_htm@cchmc.org

    Elaine M. Urbina, MD, MS

    Director, Preventive Cardiology

    Academic Information

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-8265

    Fax: 513-636-0162

    Email: lipid_htm@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric high blood pressure and cholesterol, diet and exercise to prevent adult heart disease

    Biography

    Elaine M. Urbina, MD, graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1988. She subsequently trained in pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco. She completed her pediatric cardiology fellowship at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1994 where she accepted an assistant professor position.

    In addition to practicing clinical pediatric cardiology at Tulane, she was also director of preventive cardiology and the Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory. Her research interests led her to join the world-renowned Bogalusa Heart Study, one of the longest running epidemiologic studies of CV risk factors in children. As co-investigator under the tutelage of Dr. Gerald S. Berenson, she initiated the non-invasive imaging program and supervised collection of CV data for over a decade.

    Dr. Urbina joined Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center as associate professor in October of 2003 and became director of preventive cardiology in 2006. This new opportunity allowed her to concentrate her clinical practice on the diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure and cholesterol. She continues her research studies concentrating on non-invasive imaging methods to measure atherosclerosis with a focus on vascular function abnormalities using the modalities of:

    • Carotid Ultrasound
    • Arterial Stiffness
    • Endothelial Function

    Her current research includes the application of these new techniques to study the roles that pre- and post-natal nutrition, overweight, high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes play in the development of hardening of the arteries.

    Education and Training

    MD: Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA, 1988.

    Residency: University of California, San Francisco, CA, 1990; Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 1991 (Pediatrics).

    Fellowship: Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 1994 (Pediatric Cardiology).

    Certification: Pediatrics 1991; Pediatric Cardiology 1994.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Accelerated CV Aging in Youth Related to CV Risk Factor Clusters. Principal Investigator. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Jan 2011-Dec 2016.

    SEARCH 3: Cohort Study - Ohio site. Co-Investigator. Centers for Disease Control & National Institutes of Health. Sept 2010-Oct 2015.

    Cardiovascular Effects of Dietary Fat & Exercise Challenges in Obese Children. Collaborator. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. June 2008-May 2013.

    Modifying Dietary Behavior in Adolescents with Elevated Blood Pressure. Co-Investigator. Natonal Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Dec 2007-Nov 2012.

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    Gruschen R. Veldtman, FRCP, MBChB Director of Inpatient ACHD Services, Heart Institute

    is a clinician scientist who conducts research in the areas of single ventricle and Fontan physiology and pathophysiology; Eisenmenger syndrome and arrhythmia; contractile reserve in tetralogy of Fallot; and hepatopathy in the Fontan circulation and heart failure.

    513-636-4432
    gruschen.veldtman@cchmc.org

    Gruschen R. Veldtman, FRCP, MBChB

    Director of Inpatient ACHD Services, Heart Institute

    Academic Information

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4432

    Email: gruschen.veldtman@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Spectrum of adult congenital heart disease: the Fontan circulation; interventional cardiology; pregnancy cardiology; pulmonary hypertension in congenital heart disease

    Biography

    Gruschen R. Veldtman, FRCP, MBChB, is appointed in the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. His major achievement has been the establishment of patient and science centered clinical programs that serve adult patients with various complexity of congenital heart conditions. His major academic contributions have been in the field of liver disease as it relates to the Fontan circulation.

    Education and Training

    General Paediatrics and Neonates, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow, 1995.

    Paediatric Cardiology, Leeds General Infirmary, 1999.

    Fellowship: Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Toronto 2000.

    Research Fellowship: Hospital For Sick Children Toronto, 2001.

    Fellowship: Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Mayo Clinic, 2002.

    Fellowship: Paediatric Interventional Cardiology, 2003.

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    Ivan Wilmot, MD Heart Failure, Transplant, VAD Physician

    focuses on care of children with advanced heart failure requiring mechanical circulatory support bridge to transplant; quality of life in children with heart failure, transplant, and mechanical circulatory support (MCS); and advanced strain imaging in evaluation of ventricular function in pediatric heart transplant patients.

    513-803-2913
    ivan.wilmot@cchmc.org

    Ivan Wilmot, MD

    Heart Failure, Transplant, VAD Physician

    Academic Information

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-2913

    Email: ivan.wilmot@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Heart failure, transplantation, and mechanical circulatory support. 

    Research

    Care of children with advanced heart failure requiring mechanical circulatory support bridge to transplant; quality of life in children with heart failure, transplant and mechanical circulatory support (MCS); advanced strain imaging in evaluation of ventricular function in pediatric heart transplant patients.

    Biography

    Ivan Wilmot, MD, graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor's of Science in zoology. 

    In 1998 he began medical school at Emory University. His general pediatrics residency training took place at the Emory Affiliated Hospitals from 2002 to 2006. He completed his pediatric cardiology fellowship training from 2006 to 2009, and advanced fellowship in heart failure and transplant from 2009 to 2010.

    His clinical and research interests focus on heart failure, cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support (MCS).

    Education and Training

    BS: Louisiana State University, 1998.

    MD: Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, 2002.

    Residency: Emory Affiliated Hospitals, Atlanta, GA, 2005; Chief Resident: Emory Affiliated Hospitals, Atlanta, GA, 2006.

    Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX, 2009.

    Advanced Fellowship: Heart Failure and Transplant, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX, 2010.

    Certification: American Board of Pediatrics; American Board of Pediatrics Sub-board of Pediatric Cardiology.

    Publications