Neuromuscular Cardiology

  • Meet the Team

    he Neuromuscular Cardiology team 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 co-directors and staff.

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    Co-Directors

    A photo of John Jefferies.

    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), and 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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    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.

    Geneticists

    Genetic Counselors

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    Erin M. Miller, MS, CGC
    Genetic Counselor, Cardiology Clinic

    513-636-4729

    erin.miller@cchmc.org

    Erin M. Miller, MS, CGC

    Genetic Counselor, Cardiology Clinic

    Assistant Professor

    Phone: 513-636-4729

    Fax: 513-636-7297

    Email: erin.miller@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Hereditary cancer

    Education and Training

    MS: Medical Genetics, Indiana Univeristy, Indianapolis, IN, 2005

    BS: The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2003. Psychology

    Certification: American Board of Genetic Counseling, 2007

    Grants

    Breast Cancer Education, Outreach and Follow-Up Program for Women At Risk, Susan G. Komen, 2007-2008, Principle Investigator.
    A photo of Ashley Parrott.

    Ashley S. Parrott, MS
    Genetic Counselor, Heart Institute

    513-803-3318

    ashley.parrott@cchmc.org


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    Amy R. Shikany, MS
    Genetic Counselor, Heart Institute

    513-803-3317

    amy.shikany@cchmc.org