Hemangioma and Vascular Malformation

  • Meet the Team

    The Hemangioma and Vascular Malformation Program is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child’s unique needs. Learn more about our faculty and staff.

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    Directors

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    Denise M. Adams, MD
    Marjory J. Johnson Chair of Vascular Tumor Translational Research

    513-636-4266

    denise.adams@cchmc.org

    Denise M. Adams, MD

    Marjory J. Johnson Chair of Vascular Tumor Translational Research

    Medical Director, Comprehensive Hemangioma and Vascular Malformation Center

    Fellowship Director, Hematology / Oncology

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4266

    Fax: 513-636-3549

    Email: denise.adams@cchmc.org

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    Biography

    Dr. Denise Adams is the medical director of the Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Center. She is one of the medical physicians who evaluate patients to identify the proper diagnosis and develop with families an optimal treatment plan. She is trained in hematology/oncology. Dr. Adams obtained her schooling from Georgetown University. She first came to Cincinnati Children’s in 2003, and has strived since that time to provide exemplary care for the children served here within our multidisciplinary team. One of the vascular team’s main priorities has been establishing standards of care for patients with these diagnoses so they can follow outcome measures. Of key interest to Dr. Adams, is the improving of the care of patients with kaposiform hemangioendotheliomas (KHE) and other rare vascular tumors. Dr. Adams was awarded the Marjory J. Johnson Chair of Vascular Tumor Translational Research for her impact and leadership in the advancement of knowledge of vascular anomalies and the transformation of care for her patients. Dr. Adams has led one of the first prospective NIH-funded trials for the treatment of complicated vascular anomalies; further studies are in development. Clinical trial summaries can be seen on www.ClinicalTrial.gov.

    Education and Training

    MD: Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1988.

    Post-Graduate: Georgetown University, 1983.

    BSN: Georgetown University, 1982.

    Publications

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    Richard G. Azizkhan, MD
    Surgeon-in-Chief; Lester W. Martin Chair of Pediatric Surgery

    513-636-4576

    richard.azizkhan@cchmc.org

    Richard G. Azizkhan, MD

    Surgeon-in-Chief; Lester W. Martin Chair of Pediatric Surgery

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4576

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: richard.azizkhan@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Complex mediastinal airway disorders; surgical oncology; neonatal anomalies; chest wall deformities; vascular malformations; esophageal disorders; pediatric trauma; epidermolysis bullosa 

    Research Interests

    Trauma systems; injury prevention; fetal lung development; vascular malformations; solid tumors in childhood 

    Biography

    Dr. Richard Azizkhan is the founding director of the Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Center and established the Vascular Anomalies Training Fellowship. Due to his vision for an interdisciplinary and coordinated effort to treat children with vascular anomalies, he recruited outstanding professionals from multiple disciplines to be part of HVMC team. He has over 30 years of surgical experience in treating children with complex vascular anomalies. He is the Surgeon-in-Chief at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, is the first occupant of the Lester W. Martin Chair of pediatric surgery, and is a professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine.

    Dr. Azizkhan obtained his medical degree from the Milton S. Hershey Center of Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, completed his pediatric surgery residency at Johns Hopkins and his research fellowship at Harvard with Dr. Judah Folkman. He has published extensively and is author of more than 200 papers and chapters, and five books.

    As an international advocate for children’s rights and health, Dr. Azizkhan has made significant clinical and basic research contributions in angiogenesis and vascular malformations, lung development, airway reconstruction, solid tumors, trauma and injury prevention. Dr. Azizkhan has served in leadership roles in numerous national and international surgical organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics Surgical Section, American Pediatric Surgical Association, and the American College of Surgeons. He is the President of the World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons (WOFAPS) and has been active in establishing international medical education exchange programs and medical humanitarian activities in Central Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and Africa. He was awarded an Honorary PhD from Tuzla University in 2001 and honorary citizenship of Tuzla in 2006 for his continuing contributions to improving the health system in Bosnia and all of the former Yugoslavian republics. Dr. Azizkhan also received the Ghandi Gold medal in 2005 from the Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons for his global impact.

    Education and Training

    MD: Doctor of Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Center of Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine Hershey, PA, 1972 to 1975.

    Residency: Pediatric Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD; Surgery, University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA.

    Fellowship: Department of Surgery, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

    Certification: General Surgery, 1984, recertified 1992; Pediatric Surgery, 1986, recertified 1993; Surgical Critical Care, 1989.


    Pediatric Hematology / Oncology

    A photo of Denise Adams.

    Denise M. Adams, MD
    Marjory J. Johnson Chair of Vascular Tumor Translational Research

    513-636-4266

    denise.adams@cchmc.org

    Denise M. Adams, MD

    Marjory J. Johnson Chair of Vascular Tumor Translational Research

    Medical Director, Comprehensive Hemangioma and Vascular Malformation Center

    Fellowship Director, Hematology / Oncology

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4266

    Fax: 513-636-3549

    Email: denise.adams@cchmc.org

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    Biography

    Dr. Denise Adams is the medical director of the Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Center. She is one of the medical physicians who evaluate patients to identify the proper diagnosis and develop with families an optimal treatment plan. She is trained in hematology/oncology. Dr. Adams obtained her schooling from Georgetown University. She first came to Cincinnati Children’s in 2003, and has strived since that time to provide exemplary care for the children served here within our multidisciplinary team. One of the vascular team’s main priorities has been establishing standards of care for patients with these diagnoses so they can follow outcome measures. Of key interest to Dr. Adams, is the improving of the care of patients with kaposiform hemangioendotheliomas (KHE) and other rare vascular tumors. Dr. Adams was awarded the Marjory J. Johnson Chair of Vascular Tumor Translational Research for her impact and leadership in the advancement of knowledge of vascular anomalies and the transformation of care for her patients. Dr. Adams has led one of the first prospective NIH-funded trials for the treatment of complicated vascular anomalies; further studies are in development. Clinical trial summaries can be seen on www.ClinicalTrial.gov.

    Education and Training

    MD: Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1988.

    Post-Graduate: Georgetown University, 1983.

    BSN: Georgetown University, 1982.

    Publications

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    Adrienne M. Hammill, MD, PhD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-0673

    Email: adrienne.hammill@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Hemangiomas and vascular malformations; genetic predispositions to cancer

    Biography

    Dr. Adrienne M. Hammill is trained in pediatrics and hematology/oncology and is particularly interested in bringing new and/ or better medical therapy options to the treatment of vascular anomalies. She is one of the medical physicians for the Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations team. She obtained her schooling at the University of Texas Southwestern, and completed her residency and fellowship here at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She is a dedicated professional and strives to improve the treatment of those she cares for. Dr. Hammill has a special interest in Sturge Weber syndrome and due to her dedicated involvement, Cincinnati Children’s has been named a site for the brain vascular malformations consortium, which is a clinical research group funded by National Institutes of Health and the rare disease network. She was nominated as a finalist for The Making a Difference Award in 2013 through the Patient Advisory Council. This nomination for staff was for their efforts to improve the patient’s experience in terms of lives saved, errors caught, kindness shown, and battles fought. A Cincinnati Children’s patient nominated Dr. Adrienne Hammill for making her feel secure and talking to her one-on-one as a friend not a doctor.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX, 2004.

    PhD: University of Texas Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Dallas, TX, 2004.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2008.

    Publications

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    Pediatric Surgery

    A photo of Richard Azizkhan.

    Richard G. Azizkhan, MD
    Surgeon-in-Chief; Lester W. Martin Chair of Pediatric Surgery

    513-636-4576

    richard.azizkhan@cchmc.org

    Richard G. Azizkhan, MD

    Surgeon-in-Chief; Lester W. Martin Chair of Pediatric Surgery

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4576

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: richard.azizkhan@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Complex mediastinal airway disorders; surgical oncology; neonatal anomalies; chest wall deformities; vascular malformations; esophageal disorders; pediatric trauma; epidermolysis bullosa 

    Research Interests

    Trauma systems; injury prevention; fetal lung development; vascular malformations; solid tumors in childhood 

    Biography

    Dr. Richard Azizkhan is the founding director of the Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Center and established the Vascular Anomalies Training Fellowship. Due to his vision for an interdisciplinary and coordinated effort to treat children with vascular anomalies, he recruited outstanding professionals from multiple disciplines to be part of HVMC team. He has over 30 years of surgical experience in treating children with complex vascular anomalies. He is the Surgeon-in-Chief at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, is the first occupant of the Lester W. Martin Chair of pediatric surgery, and is a professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine.

    Dr. Azizkhan obtained his medical degree from the Milton S. Hershey Center of Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, completed his pediatric surgery residency at Johns Hopkins and his research fellowship at Harvard with Dr. Judah Folkman. He has published extensively and is author of more than 200 papers and chapters, and five books.

    As an international advocate for children’s rights and health, Dr. Azizkhan has made significant clinical and basic research contributions in angiogenesis and vascular malformations, lung development, airway reconstruction, solid tumors, trauma and injury prevention. Dr. Azizkhan has served in leadership roles in numerous national and international surgical organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics Surgical Section, American Pediatric Surgical Association, and the American College of Surgeons. He is the President of the World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons (WOFAPS) and has been active in establishing international medical education exchange programs and medical humanitarian activities in Central Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and Africa. He was awarded an Honorary PhD from Tuzla University in 2001 and honorary citizenship of Tuzla in 2006 for his continuing contributions to improving the health system in Bosnia and all of the former Yugoslavian republics. Dr. Azizkhan also received the Ghandi Gold medal in 2005 from the Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons for his global impact.

    Education and Training

    MD: Doctor of Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Center of Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine Hershey, PA, 1972 to 1975.

    Residency: Pediatric Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD; Surgery, University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA.

    Fellowship: Department of Surgery, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

    Certification: General Surgery, 1984, recertified 1992; Pediatric Surgery, 1986, recertified 1993; Surgical Critical Care, 1989.

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    A. Roshni Dasgupta, MD, MPH
    Pediatric Surgeon, Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery

    513-636-4371

    roshni.dasgupta@cchmc.org

    A. Roshni Dasgupta, MD, MPH

    Pediatric Surgeon, Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: roshni.dasgupta@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Surgical oncology and vascular malformations; minimally invasive surgery; general pediatric surgery

    Research Interests

    Oncology and vascular malformations

    Biography

    Roshni Dasgupta, MD, MPH, is a surgeon and associate professor with the Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Center. She has been involved with the HVMC team for the past eight years. Dr. Dasgupta obtained her medical degree at the University of Toronto. She finished her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard Medical School. She completed a Rhodes Scholarship at the University of Oxford in Oxford England, followed by a Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. She has also completed her Master of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.

    Dr. Dasgupta has authored multiple articles and book chapters on vascular anomalies and will be the next editor of the vascular anomalies edition of Seminars in Pediatric Surgery. She is interested in post-surgical long term outcomes of patients with vascular anomalies, as well as treatment and outcomes of hemangioma patients.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Toronto, Toronto Canada, 1996.

    Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School 1996.-2003

    Research Fellowship: University of Oxford, Oxford, England.

    Fellowship: Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.

    MPH: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 2009.

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    Belinda Hsi Dickie, MD, PhD
    Pediatric Surgeon, Peña Colorectal Center

    513-636 3240

    belinda.dickie@cchmc.org

    Belinda Hsi Dickie, MD, PhD

    Pediatric Surgeon, Peña Colorectal Center

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636 3240

    Email: belinda.dickie@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Colorectal surgery; vascular malformations; minimally invasive surgery; general pediatric surgery

    Biography

    Belinda Hsi Dickie, MD, PhD, is the surgical director of the Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Center since July 2013. She is also the director of the Vascular Anomalies Fellowship. Dr. Dickie is an assistant professor with the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She obtained her medical degree at the University of Toronto, and completed general surgery residency and an advanced minimally invasive surgery fellowship at the University of Alberta. She continued her training, completing fellowships in pediatric vascular malformations and pediatric colorectal surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and in pediatric surgery at the University of Florida. She returned to Cincinnati Children’s in 2011.

    Dr. Dickie has a special interest in the medical and surgical treatment of vascular malformations, and minimally invasive surgery. She has a lab in vascular biology which looks at the genetics and molecular pathways involved with lymphangiogenesis, and the genetics involved in the development of vascular malformations. The lab is looking at novel mutations in vascular malformations and the potential effects on lymphatic growth, and different treatment alternatives.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Toronto, Toronto,Ontario, Canada 1998.

    Residency: General Surgery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

    Fellowship: Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Vascular anomalies, Cincinnati Children's, Cincinnati, OH; Pediatric Colorectal Surgery, Cincinnati Children's, Cincinnati, OH; Pediatric Surgery, University of Florida Gainesville, Florida.

    Certification: General Surgery, 2006; Pediatric Surgery, 2011.

    PhD: 2008.

    Publications

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    Otolaryngology

    Ravindhra G. Elluru, MD, PhD

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    UC Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4355

    Fax: 513-636-2886

    Email: ravi.elluru@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    General pediatric otolaryngology; airway reconstruction; head and neck tumors; hearing loss and otologic disease; plastic surgery; vascular malformations

    Research Interests

    Molecular genetics of upper respiratory tract anomalies

    Biography

    Dr. Ravi Elluru obtained his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and completed a residency in otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. After residency Dr. Elluru completed an accredited fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology with an emphasis on treating children with disorders of the upper aerodigestive tract. Dr. Elluru enjoys treating a broad variety of ear, nose, and throat conditions in children.

    Dr. Elluru has been part of the Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Center for the last nine years. He helps the team manage vascular anomalies of the airway, head and neck. He has expertise in laser ablation and surgical excision of head and neck vascular anomalies, and facial reconstruction. His research interests include developing algorithms for treatment of complex head and neck vascular anomalies, and in creating diagnostic modalities to measure the burden of disease in children with vascular anomalies.

    Education and Training

    MD - PhD: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, 1996.

    Residency: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 2001.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2003.

    Certification: Otolaryngology, 2002.

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    Alexander J. Osborn, MD, PhD
    Staff Physician, Hemangioma and Vascular Malformation Center

    513-636-3584

    alexander.osborn2@cchmc.org

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    Alexander J. Osborn, MD, PhD

    Staff Physician, Hemangioma and Vascular Malformation Center

    Phone: 513-636-3584

    Email: alexander.osborn2@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Aerodigestive abnormalities; lymphatic and vascular anomalies.

    Biography

    Dr. Osborn is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He graduated magna cum laude from Duke University.

    Education and Training

    PhD: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2003.

    MD: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2005.

    Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2010.

    Fellowship: University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, 2012.

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    Dermatology

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    Anne W. Lucky, MD

    513-636-2009

    Anne W. Lucky, MD

    Volunteer Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2009

    Fax: 513-803-4438

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    Specialties

    All aspects of pediatric dermatology, especially acne

    Biography

    Dr. Anne Lucky is a pediatric dermatologist who is currently working at both Cincinnati Children’s and in private practice. She obtained her medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine. She has a long academic career in laboratory and clinical practice with over 200 peer reviewed publications, as well as many reviews, book chapters, and national and international invited lectures.

    She is the director of the Epidermolysis Bullosa Center and a founding member of the Hemangioma and Vascular Malformation Center. She holds board certification in pediatric dermatology, pediatrics, pediatric endocrinology and dermatology and has served as the president of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology and the American Board of Dermatology. She is active in the Hemangioma Investigator Group (HIG) which a multi-institutional research consortium to provide quality data on the safety and effectiveness of the novel application of therapeutics in infantile hemangiomas. Dr. Lucky’s specialties include all aspects of pediatric dermatology.

    Education and Training

    BA: Pembroke College in Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1966.

    MD: Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 1970. 

    Residency: Children's Hospital Medical Center, Boston, MA, 1973; Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 1981. 

    Fellowship: Human Genetics and Pediatrics, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 1974; Clinical Associate (Endocrinology), Reproduction Research Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md., 1976. 

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1975; Pediatric Endocrinology, 1978; Dermatology, 1981.

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    Kara N. Shah, MD, PhD
    Director, Division of Dermatology

    513-636-4215

    kara.shah@cchmc.org

    Kara N. Shah, MD, PhD

    Director, Division of Dermatology

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4215

    Email: kara.shah@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Atopic dermatitis; psoriasis; genetic skin diseases (genodermatoses); hemangiomas and vascular malformations; neonatal dermatology; cutaneous lymphoma; hair and nail disorders; moles and pigmented lesions

    Biography

    Dr. Shah is the medical director of Pediatric Dermatology and an associate professor of Pediatrics and Dermatology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She has extensive experience with resident and fellow education via supervision of trainees in outpatient clinics, on inpatient consultative rounds, in surgical and laser procedures, and in didactic activities. She is building clinical and research programs in atopic dermatitis, pigmented lesions and cutaneous lymphoma, genodermatoses, and wound care. Dr. Shah will actively supervise fellow trainees in the outpatient clinics as well as on the inpatient consultation service and on clinical research projects. She holds board certification in Pediatrics, Dermatology, and Pediatric Dermatology.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Maryland, 1992.

    PhD: University of Maryland (Molecular and Cell Biology), 2000.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Texas Children's Hospital, 2003; Dermatology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2006.

    Fellowship: Clinical Fellow, Pediatric Dermatology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2006-2007.

    Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 2003; American Board of Dermatology, 2006; Subspecialty Board in Pediatric Dermatology, American Board of Dermatology, 2008.

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    Plastic Surgery

    Ann R. Schwentker, MD

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7181

    Email: ann.schwentker@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Brachial plexus reconstruction; facial nerve reconstruction; microtia (ear) reconstruction; cleft lip and palate; congenital hand surgery

    Biography

    Ann R. Schwentker, MD graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1990, and completed a Fullbright fellowship the following year in Vienna, Austria. She attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, receiving an American Heart Association fellowship for research in wound healing. During her residency in plastic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, she completed an additional two years of basic science wound healing research.

    During her fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Dr. Schwentker’s clinical research received the outstanding nerve paper award at the American Society for Peripheral Nerve. She then began a pediatric plastic surgery practice with a teaching appointment at Emory University in Atlanta. She founded the Center for Brachial Plexus and Facial Nerve Reconstruction at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and developed expertise in ear reconstruction and cleft lip and palate repair. Dr. Schwentker joined Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 2011.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 1996.

    Residency: Plastic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

    Fellowship: Paediatric Plastic Surgery, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto.

    Certification: Plastic Surgery, 2006.

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    Radiology

    A photo of Todd Abruzzo.

    Todd Abruzzo, MD
    Chief, Pediatric Interventional Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging

    513-803-2758

    todd.abruzzo@cchmc.org

    Todd Abruzzo, MD

    Chief, Pediatric Interventional Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Radiology

    Phone: 513-803-2758

    Email: todd.abruzzo@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric interventional neuroradiology

    Biography

    Todd Abruzzo, MD, has helped establish a national referral center for pediatric vascular malformations, hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, and retinoblastoma at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He plays a major role in the endovascular treatment of children at Cincinnati Children’s. Through close collaboration with other members of the Fetal Care Program at Cincinnati Children’s, he has helped to develop a comprehensive care plan for children with vein of Galen malformations and other congenital vascular anomalies. While working with other physicians, he has helped build a nationally recognized program for the treatment of retinoblastoma with intra-arterial chemotherapy.

    Education and Training

    BA: University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.

    MD: S.U.N.Y Health Science Center, Brooklyn, NY.

    Residency: Emory University, Atlanta, GA.

    Fellowship: Emory University, Atlanta, GA.

    Publications

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    Arnold Carlson "Carl" Merrow Jr., MD
    Radiologist, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging

    513-636-7775

    carl.merrow@cchmc.org

    Carl Merrow, MD

    Radiologist, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Radiology

    Phone: 513-636-7775

    Email: carl.merrow@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Musculoskeletal and fetal imaging; imaging of vascular anomalies including vascular neoplasms and vascular malformations

    Biography

    Arnold Carlson “Carl” Merrow Jr., MD, grew up in Alabama and received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Auburn University in 1997. After completing medical school and residency in Birmingham, AL, he spent two years in fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. While the first fellowship year was focused on general pediatric radiology, the second year was split between pediatric body/musculoskeletal MRI and pediatric neuroimaging. After spending the next two years in a pediatric radiology private practice, Dr. Merrow returned to Cincinnati Children's where he fostered new interests in fetal imaging, vascular anomalies and fellow education.

    Since his return in 2010, Dr. Merrow has authored numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed publications and has helped to develop interactive web-based educational products in pediatric radiology. He has been selected from departmental faculty for the Corning Benton Outstanding Educator Award by each graduating class of pediatric radiology fellows from 2011 to 2013. Dr. Merrow was also selected for the first annual Faculty Educational Achievement Award from amongst all junior faculty of Cincinnati Children's in 2011.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL, 2001.

    Internship: Transitional, Baptist Health Systems, Birmingham, AL, 2002.

    Residency: Diagnostic Radiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, 2006.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Radiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cinicinnati, OH, 2007. 

    Certification: Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology, 2006; Certificate of Added Qualification in Pediatric Radiology, American Board of Radiology, 2008.

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    Manish N. Patel, DO
    Interventional Radiologist, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging

    513-636-6695

    manish.patel@cchmc.org

    Manish N. Patel, DO

    Interventional Radiologist, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Radiology

    Phone: 513-636-6695

    Fax: 513-636-1388

    Email: manish.patel@cchmc.org

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    Biography

    Dr. Manish Patel, DO, has helped to expand the treatment options for high flow vascular malformations. Dr. Patel is a pediatriciInterventional radiologist and an associate professor of radiology. Additionally, he works as director of daily operations in the Interventional Radiology team and as the associate fellowship director of the pediatric radiology fellowship program. Dr. Patel obtained his DO degree from the University of Health Sciences – College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed his residency at University of Missouri Kansas City, and completed his fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. His key interests are pediatric interventional radiology, vascular access, and vascular malformations. He is currently working on research of the effects of Rapamycin on VMs as well as treatment options for high flow lesions. 

    Education and Training

    DO: University of Health Sciences - College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, MO, 1999.

    Internship: Metropolitan Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI.

    Residency: University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO.

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

    Certification: American Board of Radiology and American Osteopathic Board of Radiology, 2004.

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    Orthopaedics

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    James J. McCarthy, MD
    Director, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

    513-636-8429

    james.mccarthy@cchmc.org

    James J. McCarthy, MD

    Director, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

    Alvin Crawford Chair in Pediatric Orthopaedics

    Professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-8429

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: james.mccarthy@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Complex limb and spine deformities; scoliosis; pediatric hip disorders; neuromuscular disorders; cerebral palsy

    Research Interests

    Treatment of pediatric hip disorders; complex limb and spine deformities; gait analysis

    Biography

    James McCarthy, MD, completed his residency in at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He comes to Cincinnati Children’s from his most recent position as an Associate Professor with the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Rehabilitation in Madison, Wisconsin.

    Education and Training

    MD: The University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, 1991.

    Residency: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, 1996.

    Fellowship: The Children's Hospital, Denver, CO, 1997.

    Certification: Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

    Publications

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    Joel I. Sorger, MD
    Director, Division of Musculoskeletal Tumor Center and Pediatric Joint Replacement Surgery

    513-636-4787

    joel.sorger@cchmc.org

    Joel I. Sorger, MD

    Director, Division of Musculoskeletal Tumor Center and Pediatric Joint Replacement Surgery

    Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4787

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: joel.sorger@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Orthopaedic oncology; joint replacement surgery

    Education and Training

    BS: Biology, University of Richmond, Virginia, August 1983-May 1987.

    MD: Medical College of Virginia: Richmond, Virginia, August 1987-May 1991.

    Intern: General Surgery Intern, University of Cincinnati: Cincinnati, Ohio,
    July 1991-June 1992.

    Residency: General surgery resident, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; Orthopaedic surgery resident, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

    Fellowship: Management and Treatment of Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcomas, Harvard University: Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston, Children’s Hospital, Orthopaedic Oncology Fellowship, August 1998-July 1999; Orthopaedic research fellow, Noyes-Giannestras Biomechanics Lab, University of Cincinnati Department of Aerospace Engineering.

    Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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    Pathology

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    Anita Gupta, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4261

    Email: anita.gupta@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Pediatric pathology; surgical pathology; electron microscopy.

    Research Interests

    Liver tumors; cardiac transplants; vascular anomalies; cilia abnormalities.

    Education and Training

    MD: Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College, Gulbarga, Karnataka, India, 1997.

    Residency: Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, 2001-2005.

    Fellowship: The Children's Hospital, Denver, CO, 2006.

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    Ophthalmology

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    Michael B. Yang, MD
    Pediatric Ophthalmologist

    513-636-4751

    Michael B. Yang, MD

    Pediatric Ophthalmologist

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Ophthalmology

    Phone: 513-636-4751

    Fax: 513-636-7911

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    Specialties

    Cataract, glaucoma, pediatric and adult strabismus, surgery for nystagmus with abnormal head posture, and retinopathy of prematurity.

    Education and Training

    BS: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1988.

    MD: Harvard Medical School-Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Joint Program in Health Sciences and Technology, Boston, MA, 1993.

    Internship: Internal Medicine, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Boston, MA, 1993-1994.

    Residency: Ophthalmology, Estelle Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California/LosAngeles County Hospital, Los Angeles, CA, 1994-1997.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Ophthalmology, W.K. Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1998-1999.

    Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, 2000. Recertified 2010.

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    Cardiology

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    Russel Hirsch, MD
    Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

    Russel Hirsch, MD

    Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Interventional cardiac catheterization; congenital cardiac imaging (CT and MR) with three dimensional reconstruction / myocardial injury

    Research Interests

    Device closure of intra-cardiac defects; pulmonary hypertension; myocardial injury

    Education and Training

    MBChB: University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.

    Residency: St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

    Fellowship: St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1994, 2002 (renew); Pediatric Cardiology, 1998, 2005.

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    Neurosurgery

    Doctor Stevenson is a Neurosurgeon at Cincinnati Children's.

    Charles B. Stevenson, MD
    Faculty Neurosurgeon

    513-636-4726

    charles.stevenson@cchmc.org

    Charles B. Stevenson, MD

    Faculty Neurosurgeon

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Neurosurgery

    Phone: 513-636-4726

    Email: charles.stevenson@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Brain tumors; spasticity; Chiari malformations; fetal surgery; neurovascular disorders; minimal access surgery

    Research Interests

    Neuro-oncology; epilepsy; spasticity

    Biography

    Charles Stevenson, MD, rejoined the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in July 2010, after having served for one year as staff neurosurgeon at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to completing his fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children’s, he received his neurosurgical training at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. During that time, he also completed a two-year research fellowship in neurosurgical oncology. He graduated from medical school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennesee.

    Dr. Stevenson’s interest, specialized training and research background in neuro-oncology make him uniquely qualified to lead our division in its collaborative efforts with the division of neuro-oncology in the Brain and Spinal Tumor program to treat children with primary and recurrent brain tumors. He is assisted in these efforts by leading-edge technology such as the operating room BrainSUITE™, which creates precise three-dimensional maps of the brain and allows for intraoperative MRI imaging to more safely remove particularly complex and deep-seated tumors. Cincinnati Children’s was the first pediatric hospital in the world to offer this technology.

    In addition, Dr. Stevenson brings expertise in selective dorsal rhizotomy as a treatment for spasticity, which, when added to implantation of baclofen pumps and medical therapy, allows for a wide range of treatment options for patients with spasticity from cerebral palsy or spinal cord injury. He is a member of a multidisciplinary team of specialists that includes neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as and physical and occupational therapies that offers comprehensive care for children with spasticity.

    Dr. Stevenson is a member of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons.  He was board certified in 2013 in neurological surgery by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons.

    Education and Training

    MD: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee, 2001

    Residency: Neurosurgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

    Fellowship: Pediatric Neurosurgery, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2008-09.

    Board Certification: Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgeons, 2013.

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    Endocrinology

    Susan R. Rose, MD

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4744

    Email: susan.rose@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Hypothalamic pituitary function; thyroid; disorders of growth or puberty; endocrine function in cancer survivors after head injury

    Education and Training

    MD: Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, 1980.

    MEd: School Psychology, University of Dayton, 1972.

    Residency: The Cleveland Clinic, 1983.

    Fellowship: National Institutes of Health, 1986.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1985; Pediatric Endocrinology, 1986.

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    Grants

    Hypopituitarism in survivors of traumatic brain injury. Primary Investigator. Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals. 2008 - 2012.

    Meilan M. Rutter, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4744

    Fax: 513-636-7486

    Email: meilan.rutter@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Bone health and calcium metabolism; disorders of growth, puberty and sex development; endocrine function in cancer survivors; endocrine function in neuromuscular disorders

    Research Interests

    Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) therapy in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

    Biography

    Meilan Rutter is board-certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, and joined the faculty of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 2008. Currently, Dr. Rutter is assistant director of the Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program.

    Dr. Rutter received her degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB, BCh) from the University of Wales College of Medicine. She completed her training in Pediatrics in New Zealand, and was admitted to Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) in 1995. She underwent fellowship training in Pediatric Endocrinology at Cincinnati Children's. She completed further pediatric residency training to achieve American Board of Pediatrics specialty and subspecialty board certification.

    Dr. Rutter treats children and adolescents with endocrine disorders and diabetes mellitus. She serves as a consultant for the Neuromuscular Comprehensive Care Center and the Neuro-Oncology program at Cincinnati Children's. Additionally. she is a member of the Disorders of Sex Development interdisciplinary team.

    Education and Training

    MB, BCh: University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff, United Kingdom.

    FRACP: Royal Australasian College of Physicians, New Zealand.

    Residency: Auckland Children's Hospital and Dunedin Hospital, New Zealand; Cincinnati Children's, Cincinnati, OH.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Endocrinology, Cincinnati Children's, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: General Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, 2002; Pediatric Endocrinology, American Board of Pediatrics, 2003; Pediatrics, Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1995.

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    Gastroenterology

    Kathleen M. Campbell, MD

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4415

    Fax: 513-636-7805

    Email: kathleen.campbell@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Diagnosis and management of pediatric liver disease, particularly biliary atresia and other forms of neonatal cholestasis; liver transplantation and post-transplant renal dysfunction.

    Research Interests

    Clinical and genetic determinants of calcineurin inhibitor induced post-transplant nephrotoxicity; disease modifiers in biliary atresia

    Biography

    Kathleen M. Campbell, MD, joined the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition as a fellow in 2000, after completing her pediatric residency training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Following the completion of her fellowship, she pursued an additional year of training in Pediatric Hepatology under the mentoring of Dr. William Balistreri and the physicians and surgeons of the Pediatric Liver Care Center, becoming one of the first in her specialty to obtain focused training in this field.

    In 2004, Dr. Campbell was appointed assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and the Pediatric Liver Care Center. Her clinical and translational research interests include post-transplant renal dysfunction and genetic modifiers of disease in biliary atresia.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis, TN, 1997.

    Residency: Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2000.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2003.

    Advanced Fellowship: Pediatric Hepatology, University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2004.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2000; Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, 2003.

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    Ajay Kaul, MD
    Director, Neurogastroenterology and Motility Disorders

    513-636-4415

    ajay.kaul@cchmc.org

    Ajay Kaul, MD

    Director, Neurogastroenterology and Motility Disorders

    Director, Gastrointestinal Operations, Liberty Campus

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4415

    Fax: 513-636-7805

    Email: ajay.kaul@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Motility disorders; feeding disorders; GI problems in children with special needs

    Education and Training

    MD: Rani Durgawati University Medical School, Jabalpur, India, 1986.

    Residency: New Castle General Hospital, Tyne & Wear, UK / Children's Hospital/State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, 1995.

    Fellowship: Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1995-1998. 

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1995; Pediatric Gastroenterology, 1999.

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    Neurology

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    Mary Sutton, MD

    513-636-4222

    Mary Sutton, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4222

    Fax: 513-636-3980

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    Specialties

    Neuro-oncology

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY, 1989.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA.

    Fellowship: Neurology, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1996; Neurology, 1996.

    Cameron Thomas, MD, MS

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4222

    Email: cameron.thomas@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MD: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO, 2005.

    Residency: Child Neurology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology, 2010.

    MS: Clinical and Translational Research, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2013.

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    Pulmonary

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    Raouf S. Amin, MD
    Director, Division of Pulmonary Medicine

    513-636-6771

    raouf.amin@cchmc.org

    Raouf S. Amin, MD

    Director, Division of Pulmonary Medicine

    Director, Rare Lung Diseases Program

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-6771

    Fax: 513-636-4615

    Email: raouf.amin@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Chronic respiratory failure; sleep disorders in children

    Biography

    Raouf S. Amin, MD, is a professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the director of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine. He graduated from the University of Ain Shams in Cairo Egypt in 1977. Dr. Amin received clinical training in the United Kingdom and the United States. He completed a pulmonary fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1993. His research focus is on cardiovascular morbidity of sleep disordered breathing in children. He has several funded protocols from the National Institute of Health.

    Education and Training

    MD: Aim Shams University, Cairo Egypt, 1978.

    Residency: Pediatrics; Michigan State University, Flint, MI.

    Certification: Pediatrics 1990; Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine 1994; Sleep Medicine 1995.

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    Human Genetics

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    Robert J. Hopkin, MD
    Co-Director, 22Q-VCFS Center

    513-636-4760

    rob.hopkin@cchmc.org

    Robert J. Hopkin, MD

    Co-Director, 22Q-VCFS Center

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4760

    Fax: 513-636-7297

    Email: rob.hopkin@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Fabry disease and other lysosomal storage diseases; craniofacial genetics; 22q11 deletion; clinical intervention for genetic disease; neurofibromatosis; dysmorphology; prenatal diagnosis of genetic syndromes

    Research Interests

    Fabry disease; Robin sequence; 22q11 deletion; neurofibromatosis; craniofacial genetics; chromosomal anomalies

    Biography

    Robert J. Hopkin, MD, is an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Hopkin graduated from the University of Nevada Medical School. He completed residency and chief residency in pediatrics at the Phoenix Children's Hospital, Maricopa Medical Center Combined Residency Program. His training in medical genetics was completed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    The majority of Dr. Hopkin's time is spent in caring for patients with genetic disorders. He participates in clinics from Fetal Care to Adult Genetics. He is also actively involved in education of health care providers regarding the application of genetics for patient care. Dr Hopkin has participated in a number of clinical trials and is a member of American College of Medical Genetics Committee on Therapeutics. He has participated in natural history studies on Fabry disease, Pompe disease, velocardiofacial syndrome, Pierre Robin sequence, Neurofibromatosis type I, and several other genetic conditions. The unifying principle in his research interests is application of scientific knowledge to improve outcomes for patients afflicted with genetic disorders.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Nevada Medical School, Reno, NV, 1990.

    Residency: Phoenix Children's Hospital, Manicopa Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ, 1993; Phoenix Children's Hospital, Manicopa Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ, 1994.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1997.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1993; Clinical Genetics, 1996.

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    Erin A. Mundt, LGC
    Genetic Counselor III, Division of Human Genetics

    513-636-9626

    erin.mundt@cchmc.org


    Nurse Practitioner

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    Carol Chute, MSN, APRN, CPNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Hemangioma and Vascular Malformation Center

    513-636-7742

    carol.chute@cchmc.org

    Carol Chute, MSN, APRN, CPNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Hemangioma and Vascular Malformation Center

    Phone: 513-636-7742

    Fax: 513-636-3842

    Email: carol.chute@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    BSN: DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, 1971.

    MSN: University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1978.

    Certification: Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner; Ohio Board of Nursing Certificate of Authority; Prescriptive Privileges Pilot Program, University of Cincinnati