Heart Failure and Transplant Program

  • Meet the Team

    Meet the team members of the Heart Institute's Heart Failure and Transplant Program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

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    Heart Failure and Transplant Team

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    Roosevelt Bryant III, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4770

    Email: roosevelt.bryantIII@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Neonatal and congenital heart surgery and pediatric heart transplantation with specialty certification in Berlin Heart Surgical implantation and training.
    Ex vivo analysis of the pediatric donor heart and pediatric mechanical circulatory support.

    Education and Training

    BA:Biology, Dillard University, New Orleans, LA, 1990.

    MS: Boston University, Boston, BA 1999.

    Internship and Residency: General Surgery, University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS, 2004.

    Residency: Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, 2007.

    Fellowship: Congenital Heart Surgery, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX, 2009.

    Publications

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    Chesney Castleberry, MD
    Heart Failure, Transplant, VAD Physician

    513-803-2913

    chesney.castleberry@cchmc.org

    Chesney Castleberry, MD

    Heart Failure, Transplant, VAD Physician

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-2913

    Email: chesney.castleberry@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Management and transplantation in patients with palliated congenital heart disease; management of sensitized patients pre- and post- transplant

    Research Interests

    Transplant immunology; clinical outcomes in heart failure/transplant

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Texas San Antonio Medical School, San Antonio, TX.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL.

    Fellowship: Pediatric cardiology, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI; advanced heart failure and transplant, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Palo Alto, CA.


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    Clifford Chin, MD
    Medical Director, Pediatric Heart Transplant Services

    513-803-1675

    clifford.chin@cchmc.org

    Clifford Chin, MD

    Medical Director, Pediatric Heart Transplant Services

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-1675

    Fax: 513-803-7869

    Email: clifford.chin@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric cardiology; pediatric heart transplantation

    Education and Training

    MD: SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, 1989.

    Residency: Pediatrics, University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA, 1989.

    Fellowship: Stanford University, Stanford, CA 1992.

    Publications

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    Lisa M. Dodd, MSSW, LISW
    Social Worker, The Heart Institute

    513-636-0328

    lisa.dodd@cchmc.org


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

    513-803-1675

    john.jefferies@cchmc.org

    John L. Jefferies, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACC

    Director, Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy

    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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    Angela Lorts, MD
    Director, Ventricular Assist Device Program

    513-803-1675

    angela.lorts@cchmc.org

    Angela Lorts, MD

    Director, Ventricular Assist Device Program

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-1675

    Fax: 513-636-3952

    Email: angela.lorts@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Heart failure; cardiopulmonary bypass mediated myocardial dysfunction

    Research Interests

    Myocardial remodeling

    Education and Training

    MD: Creighton University Medical School, Omaha, Nebraska, 1998.

    Residency: The Children’s Hospital, Denver, Colorado, 2001.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2004. University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2006.

    Certifications: American Board of Pediatrics, 2001; American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-Board of Pediatric Cardiology, 2004; American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-Board of Pediatric Critical Care, 2006.

    Publications

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    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.

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    Thomas D. Ryan, MD, PhD
    Heart Failure, Transplant, VAD Physician

    513-803-2913

    thomas.ryan@cchmc.org

    Thomas D. Ryan, MD, PhD

    Heart Failure, Transplant, VAD Physician

    Assistant Professor

    Phone: 513-803-2913

    Email: thomas.ryan@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Cardiomyopathy; heart failure; heart transplantation; mechanical circulatory support

    Research

    Development of cardiomyopathy in at risk populations, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy and other genetic cardiomyopathies, and anthracycline exposure.

    Biography

    Thomas D Ryan, MD, PhD, was born and raised in Wichita, KS and graduated magna cum laude from Wichita State University in 1996 with a BS in Biological Sciences.

    In 1997 he began training in the MD/PhD program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and studied the molecular, cellular, and whole organ aspects of cardiac remodeling in a rat model of volume overload. His general pediatrics residency training took place at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center from 2006-2009, as did his Pediatric Cardiology fellowship training from 2009-2012 and advanced fellowship in Pediatric Heart Failure/Transplant from 2012-2013. His clinical and research interests focus on heart failure, cardiomyopathy, cardiac transplantation, and mechanical circulatory support.

    Education and Training

    BS: Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, 1996. 

    PhD: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, 2004.

    MD: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, 2005.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2006-2009.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2009-2012.

    Advanced Fellowship: Pediatric Heart Failure/Transplant, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2012-2013.

    Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 2010; American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-board of Pediatric Cardiology, 2012.

    Publications

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    Shelly L. Stark, MSN, APRN, CPNP-AC
    Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Heart Failure/Cardiomyopathy/Transplant, Heart Institute

    513-803-9011

    shelly.stark@cchmc.org

    Shelly L. Stark, MSN, APRN, CNP

    Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Heart Failure/Cardiomyopathy/Transplant, Heart Institute

    Phone: 513-803-9011

    Email: shelly.stark@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Pediatric cardiology; cardiomyopathy; heart failure; heart transplant.

    Research

    Pediatric cardiac transplant; heart failure

    Education and Training

    RN Co-Op Program: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (Transitional Care Center, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit), Cincinnati, OH, 2008-2009.

    BSN: Nursing, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2009.

    RN: Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2009-2013

    MSN: Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2013.

    CPNP-AC: Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, 2013.

    APRN: Heart Failure/Cardiomyopathy/Transplant Services, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2013.

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    BreAnn Taylor, PharmD, BCPS
    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Outpatient Cardiology, Division of Pharmacy

    513-636-4292

    breann.taylor@cchmc.org


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    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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    Ivan Wilmot, MD
    Heart Failure, Transplant, VAD Physician

    513-803-2913

    ivan.wilmot@cchmc.org

    Ivan Wilmot, MD

    Heart Failure, Transplant, VAD 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.

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  • *Additional team members include transplant social workers, transplant pharmacists, financial counselors, hospital chaplains, pediatric dentists, and psychology/child life specialists.