Cardiology

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    Meet the team members of the Heart Institute's Cardiology Clinic at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

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    Medical Director

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    Thomas R. Kimball, MD
    Medical Director, Heart Institute

    513-636-8270

    tom.kimball@cchmc.org

    Thomas R. Kimball, MD

    Medical Director, Heart Institute

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-8270

    Fax: 513-636-3952

    Email: tom.kimball@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interest

    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 Hospital. 

    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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    Cardiologists

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    Ryan D. Alexy, MD
    Interventional Cardiology Fellow, Heart Institute

    513-636-4888

    ryan.alexy@cchmc.org

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    Ryan D. Alexy, MD

    Interventional Cardiology Fellow, Heart Institute

    Phone: 513-636-4888

    Email: ryan.alexy@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MD: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN.

    Residency: Pediatrics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 2009.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 2013.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2009.

    Robert H. Beekman III, MD

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

    513-803-1801

    jonathan.byrnes@cchmc.org

    Jonathan W. Byrnes, MD

    Attending Cardiac Intensivist, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

    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

    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

    Publications

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

    513-636-3867

    allison.divanovic@cchmc.org

    Allison A. Divanovic, MD

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

    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

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    Bryan H. Goldstein, MD

    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. 

    Publications

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    Brandon S. Hays, MD
    Clinical Fellow, Heart Institute

    513-803-5116

    brandon.hays@cchmc.org

    Brandon S. Hays, MD

    Clinical Fellow, Heart Institute

    Phone: 513-803-5116

    Email: brandon.hays@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

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

    Residency: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

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    Haleh C. Heydarian, MD
    Cardiologist, Cardiology Clinic

    513-636-6646

    Haleh C. Heydarian, MD

    Cardiologist, Cardiology Clinic

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-6646

    Fax: 513-636-3982

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Echocardiography

    Research Interests

    Dyssynchrony; quality improvement

    Education and Training

    MD: Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio.

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    Ilias D. Iliopoulos, MD
    Attending Cardiac Intensivist, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

    513-803-4574

    ilias.iliopoulos@cchmc.org

    Ilias D. Iliopoulos, MD

    Attending Cardiac Intensivist, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-4574

    Email: ilias.iliopoulos@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MD: Aristotle University Medical School, Thessaloniki, Greece, 1997.

    Residency: Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London, UK, 2005.

    Fellowship: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Royal London Hospital and Homerton Hospital, London, UK, 2008.

    Pediatric Intensive Care: Evelina Children's Hospital, Guy's and St. Thomas Hospital, London, UK, 2009.

    Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care: Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK, 2010-2011.

    Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Fellowship: Miami Children's Hospital, Miami, FL, 2012. 

    A photo of Thomas Kimball.

    Thomas R. Kimball, MD
    Medical Director, Heart Institute

    513-636-8270

    tom.kimball@cchmc.org

    Thomas R. Kimball, MD

    Medical Director, Heart Institute

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-8270

    Fax: 513-636-3952

    Email: tom.kimball@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interest

    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 Hospital. 

    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).

    Publications

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    Lane T. Lanier, MD
    Clinical Fellow, Heart Institute

    513-803-5129

    lane.lanier@cchmc.org

    Lane T. Lanier, MD

    Clinical Fellow, Heart Institute

    Phone: 513-803-5129

    Email: lane.lanier@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MD: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, 2005.

    Residency: Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Critical Care, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2008.

    Christopher P. Learn, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    UC Department of Internal Medicine

    Phone: 513-803-2243

    Email: christopher.learn@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Adolescent and adult congenital heart disease; non-invasive cardiovascular imaging

    Education and Training

    MD: Boston University, Boston, MA, 2003.

    Residency: Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, Indiana University Hospital, Indianapolis, IN, 2007.

    Fellowship: Cardiovascular Medicine, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH, 2012. Pediatric Cardiology, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH, 2012.

    Certification: Internal Medicine, 2008; General Pediatrics, 2008; Pediatric Cardiology, 2012; (Adult) Cardiovascular Medicine, 2013; National Board of Echocardiography ASCeXAM, 2013; Diplomate - Adult Comprehensive Echocardiography, National Board of Echocardiography.

    Publications

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    Lisa A. Lee, MD
    Pediatric Cardiologist, Heart Institute / Cardiology Clinic

    859-344-4732

    lisa.lee@cchmc.org

    Lisa A. Lee, MD

    Pediatric Cardiologist, Heart Institute / Cardiology Clinic

    Phone: 859-344-4732

    Fax: 859-344-4752

    Email: lisa.lee@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Outpatient clinical management of cardiac disease; echocardiography

    Biography

    Lisa A. Lee, MD, is committed to expanding the cardiology outpatient services in Northern Kentucky. She staffs the satellite clinic at Outpatient Kentucky three days per week and offers all non-invasive cardiac services including echocardiograms, electrocardiograms (ECG), holter monitors and event monitors. She can be reached at 859-344-4732. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 513-636-9477.

    Education and Training

    BA: Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 1989.

    MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1993.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1993-1996.

    Fellowships: Pediatric Resident, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1994-1996. Pediatric Cardiology, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 1997-2000; Pediatric Echocardiography, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2000-2001.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1996; Pediatric Cardiology, 2000.

    Publications

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    Nicolas L. Madsen, MD, MPH

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-5476

    Email: nicolas.madsen@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Inpatient and preventative cardiology

    Biography

    Nicolas L. Madsen, MD, MPH joined the Heart Institute in July 2012. He attended the University of California at Davis, where he graduated with honors. He earned his medical degree with honors at the University of Washington in 2005. Dr. Madsen completed his residency in General Pediatrics and his fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Seattle, Washington. In addition, Dr. Madsen earned a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Washington in 2011.

    Dr. Madsen’s clinical focus is in general and preventative cardiology. His research interests also focus on the prevention of cardiac disease processes. Specifically, Dr. Madsen aims to understand the implications of traditional cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity, hypertension and sedentary lifestyle on persons with congenital heart disease. Additionally, he is focused on the prevention of sudden cardiac death in adolescent athletes by way of optimizing preparticipation sports screening. Dr. Madsen has received several national awards for his research and is an active member of the American Heart Association and American Academy of Pediatrics.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, 2005.

    MPH: University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle, WA, 2011.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA.

    Fellowship: Cardiology, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA.

    Publications


    Peace C. Madueme, MD, MS

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-3866

    Fax: 513-363-3952

    Email: peace.madueme@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Echocardiography, fetal echocardiography, cardiac MRI/CT

    Biography

    Peace Madueme is an assistant professor of pediatrics with the University College of Medicine. He is a faculty member that specializes in cardiac imaging.

    Dr. Madueme completed his residency and fellowship training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and has been at the hospital since 2005. Dr. Madueme has been a member of the Division of Cardiology/Heart Institute since 2008. His clinical and research focus relate to cardiac imaging by echocardiography, fetal echocardiography and cardiac MRI.

    Dr. Madueme is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography and the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.

    Education and Training

    Undergraduate: BSc & BPHE Queen's University, Canada, 2001.

    MD: Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, 2005.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2008.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2011.

    Advanced Fellowship: Cardiac Imaging, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2012.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2011 and Pediatric Cardiology, 2012.

    Publications

    Grants

    Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD). Co-Investigator, Imaging. National Institutes of Health. 2013 –present.
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    Erik C. Michelfelder, MD
    Co-Director, Cardiac Imaging Services, Heart Institute

    513-636-1199

    erik.michelfelder@cchmc.org

    Erik C. Michelfelder, MD

    Co-Director, Cardiac Imaging Services, Heart Institute

    Director, Fetal Heart Program, Heart Institute

    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.

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    James J. Starc, MD
    Clinical Cardiology Fellow, Heart Institute

    513-636-4432

    james.starc@cchmc.org

    James J. Starc, MD

    Clinical Cardiology Fellow, Heart Institute

    Phone: 513-636-4432

    Email: james.starc@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MD: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, 2009.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY.

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    Christopher J. Statile, MD
    Pediatric Cardiologist, Heart Institute

    513-636-4579

    christopher.statile@cchmc.org

    Christopher J. Statile, MD

    Pediatric Cardiologist, Heart Institute

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4579

    Fax: 513-636-3952

    Email: christopher.statile@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Pediatric cardiology, fetal cardiology, echocardiography

    Research

    Fetal cardiology, quality improvement in the echo lab

    Biography

    Christopher Statile, MD, is a pediatric cardiologist who has interest in clinical research in fetal cardiology.  He has interest in extra-cardiac congenital lesions and their hemodynamic effects on the fetus.  He is also interested in the prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease and the outcomes of those fetuses.  He is also involved in quality improvement work in the echo lab.

    Education and Training

    Undergrad: University of Pittsburgh.

    MD: Eastern Virginia Medical School.

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

    Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

    Sub Fellowship: Fetal Cardiology/Imaging.

    Publications

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    Joshua J. Sticka, MD
    Cardiologist, Heart Institute

    513-636-9806

    joshua.sticka@cchmc.org

    Joshua J. Sticka, MD

    Cardiologist, Heart Institute

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-9806

    Email: joshua.sticka@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Cardiac MRI; transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography; myocardial mechanics

    Biography

    Joshua Sticka, MD, is an assistant professor of pediatrics at University of Cincinnati and a clinical cardiologist within the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

    Dr. Sticka is a native of Montana and completed his undergraduate degree with honors in astrophysics at the University of Montana. While in medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine he was selected to participate in the highly competitive WRITE program and studied rural medicine in northern Idaho. During his pediatric training at the University of California San Diego he won several awards and was asked to stay on to work as an attending physician at Rady Children’s Hospital in the department of Emergency Medicine. He subsequently moved to Denver, CO to obtain his pediatric cardiology training from the University of Colorado and completed an additional year of advanced fellowship training in non-invasive cardiac imaging there as well.

    Dr. Sticka joined the imaging section of the Heart Institute in August 2011 as a clinical cardiologist with specialization in cardiac MRI and echocardiography.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA,  2003.

    Residency: Pediatrics, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA,  2006.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, University of Colorado, Denver, CO,  2010.

    Advanced Fellowship: Non-invasive Cardiac Imaging, University of Colorado, Denver, CO,  2011.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2007.

    Publications

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    Arnold W. Strauss, MD
    BK Rachford Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

    513-636-2942

    arnold.strauss@cchmc.org

    Arnold W. Strauss, MD

    BK Rachford Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

    Director, Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation

    Chief Medical Officer, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2942

    Email: arnold.strauss@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric cardiology; genetic basis of pediatric heart disease

    Biography

    Arnold Strauss, MD, joined Cincinnati Children's in April, 2007, as chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the UC College of Medicine, chief medical officer of Cincinnati Children's and director of the Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation. He is the seventh B.K. Rachford Memorial Chair in Pediatrics.

    Dr. Strauss is a distinguished pediatric cardiologist, scientist, educator and leader. Prior to his arrival at Cincinnati Children's, he was the chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and medical director of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, a position he held from 2000 to 2007. Under his leadership, the university built and opened a new hospital for children, expanded its pediatric faculty and increased grant funding for pediatric research. From 1981 to 2000, Strauss was director of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at Washington University/St. Louis Children's Hospital.

    A respected scientist, Dr. Strauss' research focuses on understanding the molecular basis of disorders of mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation and the genetic causes of congenital heart disease and cardiomyopathies. He is the recipient of two of the most prestigious awards in research. In November 2006 he was awarded the American Heart Association's Basic Science Research Award for groundbreaking work that led to finding genetic defects that can cause heart failure and sudden death in infants and children. In 1991 he received the E. Mead Johnson Award for Excellence in Pediatric Research.

    Education and Training

    MD: Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1970.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, 1970-72.

    Fellowship: Cardiology, Children's Hospital and Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1972-75.

    Postdoctoral Fellowship: Merck, Sharp and Dohme Research Laboratories, Rahway, New Jersey, 1975-77.

    Publications

    Liebig M, Schymik I, Mueller M, Wendel U, Mayatepek E, Ruiter J, Strauss AW, Wanders RJ, Spiekerkoetter U. (2006) Neonatal screening for very long-chain acyl-coA dehydrogenase deficiency: enzymatic and molecular evaluation of neonates with elevated C14:1-carnitine levels. Pediatrics 118:1065-9.

    Khuchua Z, Yue Z, Batts L, Strauss AW. (2006) A zebrafish model of human Barth syndrome reveals the essential role of tafazzin in cardiac development and function. Circ Res 99:201-8.

    Exil VJ, Gardner CD, Rottman JN, Sims H, Bartelds B, Khuchua Z, Sindhal R, Ni G, Strauss AW. (2006) Abnormal mitochondrial bioenergetics and heart rate dysfunction in mice lacking very-long-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 290:H1289-97.

    Bennett MJ, Russell LK, Tokunaga C, Narayan SB, Tan L, Seegmiller A, Boriack RL, Strauss AW. (2006) Reye-like syndrome resulting from novel missense mutations in mitochondrial medium- and short-chain l-3-hydroxy-acyl-CoA dehydrogenase. Mol Genet Metab 89:74-9.

    Strauss AW. (2005) Surprising? Perhaps not. Long-chain fatty acid oxidation during human fetal development. Pediatr Res 57:753-4.

    Spiekerkoetter U, Tokunaga C, Wendel U, Mayatepek E, Ijlst L, Vaz FM, van Vlies N, Overmars H, Duran M, Wijburg FA, Wanders RJ, Strauss AW. (2005) Tissue carnitine homeostasis in very-long-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase-deficient mice. Pediatr Res 57:760-4.

    Shekhawat PS, Matern D, Strauss AW. (2005) Fetal fatty acid oxidation disorders, their effect on maternal health and neonatal outcome: impact of expanded newborn screening on their diagnosis and management. Pediatr Res 57:78R-86R.

    Djouadi F, Aubey F, Schlemmer D, Ruiter JP, Wanders RJ, Strauss AW, Bastin J. (2005) Bezafibrate increases very-long-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase protein and mRNA expression in deficient fibroblasts and is a potential therapy for fatty acid oxidation disorders. Hum Mol Genet 14:2695-703.

    Browning MF, Larson C, Strauss A, Marsden DL. (2005) Normal acylcarnitine levels during confirmation of abnormal newborn screening in long-chain fatty acid oxidation defects. J Inherit Metab Dis 28:545-50.

    Strauss AW. (2004) Tandem mass spectrometry in discovery of disorders of the metabolome. J Clin Invest 113:354-6.

    Spierkerkoetter U, Khuchua Z, Yue Z, Strauss AW. (2004) The early-onset phenotype of mitochondrial trifunctional protein deficiency: a lethal disorder with multiple tissue involvement. J Inherit Metab Dis 27:294-6.

    Spiekerkoetter U, Tokunaga C, Wendel U, Mayatepek E, Exil V, Duran M, Wijburg FA, Wanders RJ, Strauss AW. (2004) Changes in blood carnitine and acylcarnitine profiles of very long-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase-deficient mice subjected to stress. Eur J Clin Invest 34:191-6.

    Spiekerkoetter U, Khuchua Z, Yue Z, Bennett MJ, Strauss AW. (2004) General mitochondrial trifunctional protein (TFP) deficiency as a result of either alpha- or beta-subunit mutations exhibits similar phenotypes because mutations in either subunit alter TFP complex expression and subunit turnover. Pediatr Res 55:190-6.

    Spiekerkoetter U, Bennett MJ, Ben-Zeev B, Strauss AW, Tein I. (2004) Peripheral neuropathy, episodic myoglobinuria, and respiratory failure in deficiency of the mitochondrial trifunctional protein. Muscle Nerve 29:66-72.

    McKinney JT, Longo N, Hahn SH, Matern D, Rinaldo P, Strauss AW, Dobrowolski SF. (2004) Rapid, comprehensive screening of the human medium chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase gene. Mol Genet Metab 82:112-20.

    Strauss A, Lock JE. (2003) Pediatric cardiomyopathy--a long way to go. N Engl J Med 348:1703-5.

    Spiekerkoetter U, Sun B, Zytkovicz T, Wanders R, Strauss AW, Wendel U. (2003) MS/MS-based newborn and family screening detects asymptomatic patients with very-long-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency. J Pediatr 143:335-42.

    Spiekerkoetter U, Sun B, Khuchua Z, Bennett MJ, Strauss AW. (2003) Molecular and phenotypic heterogeneity in mitochondrial trifunctional protein deficiency due to beta-subunit mutations. Hum Mutat 21:598-607.

    Shekhawat P, Bennett MJ, Sadovsky Y, Nelson DM, Rakheja D, Strauss AW. (2003) Human placenta metabolizes fatty acids: implications for fetal fatty acid oxidation disorders and maternal liver diseases. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 284:E1098-105.

    Khuchua Z, Wozniak DF, Bardgett ME, Yue Z, McDonald M, Boero J, Hartman RE, Sims H, Strauss AW. (2003) Deletion of the N-terminus of murine map2 by gene targeting disrupts hippocampal ca1 neuron architecture and alters contextual memory. Neuroscience 119:101-11.

    Exil VJ, Roberts RL, Sims H, McLaughlin JE, Malkin RA, Gardner CD, Ni G, Rottman JN, Strauss AW. (2003) Very-long-chain acyl-coenzyme a dehydrogenase deficiency in mice. Circ Res 93:448-55.

    Zytkovicz TH, Fitzgerald EF, Marsden D, Larson CA, Shih VE, Johnson DM, Strauss AW, Comeau AM, Eaton RB, Grady GF. (2001) Tandem mass spectrometric analysis for amino, organic, and fatty acid disorders in newborn dried blood spots: a two-year summary from the New England Newborn Screening Program. Clin Chem 47:1945-55.

    Ibdah JA, Paul H, Zhao Y, Binford S, Salleng K, Cline M, Matern D, Bennett MJ, Rinaldo P, Strauss AW. (2001) Lack of mitochondrial trifunctional protein in mice causes neonatal hypoglycemia and sudden death. J Clin Invest 107:1403-9.

    Barycki JJ, O'Brien LK, Strauss AW, Banaszak LJ. (2000) Sequestration of the active site by interdomain shifting. Crystallographic and spectroscopic evidence for distinct conformations of L-3-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase. J Biol Chem 275:27186-96.

    Ibdah JA, Bennett MJ, Rinaldo P, Zhao Y, Gibson B, Sims HF, Strauss AW. (1999) A fetal fatty-acid oxidation disorder as a cause of liver disease in pregnant women. N Engl J Med 340:1723-31.


    A photo of Jeffrey Towbin.

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

    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

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

    513-636-4432

    gruschen.veldtman@cchmc.org

    Gruschen R. Veldtman, FRCP, MBChB

    Director of Inpatient ACHD Services, Heart Institute

    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.


    A photo of Gary Webb.

    Gary D. Webb, MD
    Director, Cincinnati Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program

    513-803-1777

    gary.webb@cchmc.org

    Gary D. Webb, MD

    Director, Cincinnati Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-1777

    Fax: 513-803-1778

    Email: gary.webb@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Adult congenital heart disease and Marfan syndrome

    Biography

    Gary D. Webb, MD, is a professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is director of the Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Heart Institute. 

    After receiving a BSC and MDCM from McGill University in Montréal, Québec, he went on to intern at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montréal, and then to training in internal medicine and cardiology at the University of Toronto. After 8 years as chief of cardiology at the Wellesley Hospital in Toronto, he moved back to Toronto General Hospital. 

    Beginning in 1980, he was co-director and then director of the Toronto Congenital Cardiac Center for Adults. For several years, he directed the adult cardiology training program at the University of Toronto. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in both internal medicine and cardiology. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and a life member of the European Society of Cardiology. 

    In 2004, he relocated to Philadelphia, serving as director of the Philadelphia Adult Congenital Heart Center at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2009, he took up his current position at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

    Education and Training

    MD: McGill University, Montréal, Québec, 1967.

    Residency: Internal medicine and cardiology, University of Toronto, Toronto Ontario, Canada.

    Fellowship: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Cardiology), 1972;  Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Internal Medicine), 1972; Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, 1976.  

    Publications

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    Cardiothoracic Surgery

    A photo of Laura Jansen.

    Laura Jansen, PA-C
    Physician Assistant, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart Institute

    513-636-4770

    laura.jansen@cchmc.org

    Laura Jansen, PA-C

    Physician Assistant, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart Institute

    Phone: 513-636-4770

    Email: laura.jansen@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Pediatric cardiothoracic surgery; surgery; transplant surgery; cardiology

    Education and Training

    BS: University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2009.

    Master's of Medical Science, PA-C: Mercer University, Atlanta, GA, 2012.

    Physician Assistant Surgical Residency: Norwalk/Yale University School of Medicine, Norwalk, CT, 2013.

    A photo of David Morales.

    David L. S. Morales, MD
    Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, Heart Institute, Cardiothoracic Surgery

    513-803-9150

    david.morales@cchmc.org

    David L.S. Morales, MD

    Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, Heart Institute, Cardiothoracic Surgery

    Clark-Helmsworth Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    UC Division of Surgery

    Phone: 513-803-9150

    Email: david.morales@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Congenital heart surgery; heterotaxy syndrome; pediatric heart and lung transplantation; mechanical circulatory support

    Research Interests

    Clinical and translational research related to mechanical circulatory support and tissue engineering

    Education and Training

    MD: Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

    Residency: General and cardiothoracic surgery, New York-Presbyterian Medical Center, Columbia University, New York, NY.

    Fellowships: Congenital heart surgery, Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor University, Waco, TX.

    Board certifications: Surgery, thoracic surgery, congenital heart surgery.


    A photo of Ivan Wilmot.

    Ivan Wilmot, MD
    Heart Failure Staff Physician

    513-803-2913

    ivan.wilmot@cchmc.org

    Ivan Wilmot, MD

    Heart Failure Staff Physician

    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