Konstantin Averin, MD, MS is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta and an Interventional Pediatric Cardiologist at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. He received his medical degree from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. After medical school, he completed pediatrics residency, pediatric cardiology fellowship and sub-specialty training in pediatric and adult interventional cardiology at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, OH. His clinical and research interests are focused on the percutaneous treatment of pediatric patients with congenital and acquired heart disease with a focus on patients with single ventricle physiology, transcatheter pulmonary valves, and pulmonary hypertension.
Dr. Leong Ming Chern “MC” is an adult congenital heart disease specialist at the National Heart Institute, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He received his medical training at the University of Malaya and pediatric cardiology training at the National Heart Institute. His area of interest includes treatment of adult patients with congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension in congenital heart disease.
Dr. Damien Cullington, MBChB MRCP MD FESC is a consultant adult congenital cardiologist who works at Leeds General Infirmary, UK. In summer 2019, he will move over to the newly commissioned North West ACHD Service based in Liverpool, UK. Damien qualified in 2002 from the University of Liverpool and became a substantive consultant in 2016. Prior to this, he worked throughout the North of England and Yorkshire as a cardiology trainee. Damien was awarded a doctorate in medicine (MD) from the University of Hull in 2013 for his work in heart rate in patients with heart failure. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians (London), Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology and honorary senior lecturer for the University of Leeds. His ACHD subspecialty clinical interests are heart failure, imaging and palliative care. He is regional organiser for ACHD training at Leeds and clinical governance lead for the Leeds congenital cardiac unit. His research interests and wide and far but particularly epidemiology, chronic heart failure in ACHD patients in all its guises, the systemic RV and the univentricle
Dr. Blanche Cupido is a consultant adult cardiologist working at Groote Schuur Hospital, UCT Private Academic Hospital and the University of Cape Town(UCT), South Africa. She completed her physician training in 2009 and her cardiology subspecialist training in 2013. She recently returned to SA after doing a Fellowship in Adult Congenital Heart Disease in Leeds, United Kingdom under the guidance of Dr Kate English. She has established a dedicated unit for Grown Up Congenital Heart Disease in Cape Town, South Africa. Her aim is to grow ACHD services in Sub-Saharan Africa and embark on GUCH research on the African continent.
Dr. Jeremy L. Herrmann is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Indiana University. He specializes in pediatric and adult congenital cardiac surgery, and his clinical interests also include heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support. His hospital affiliations include Indiana University Health Riley Hospital for Children and Methodist Hospital as well as Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis
Maan Jokhadar is a cardiologist and associate professor of medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, advanced heart failure/transplantation, adult congenital heart disease, and echocardiography. He is fellowship director for the Emory Adult Congenital Heart Disease training program and Core Curriculum Director for the Emory general cardiology fellowship program. Dr Jokhadar graduated from the University Damascus School of Medicine in Syria and then went to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for internal medicine residency. He then completed cardiology and subspecialty training at Emory University, where he currently on faculty. Dr. Jokhadar has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards. He is married with 3 children.
Michael Ma, MD is an Assistant Professor in Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Stanford University. He specializes in pediatric and adult congenital cardiac surgery, with an emphasis on neonates, complex biventricular repair, and pulmonary artery reconstruction. His research lab investigates ex and in vivo translational models for complex congenital heart disease, to optimize future surgical and endovascular repair strategies.
Jeremy P. Moore MD MS FHRS is the Director of Clinical Research and faculty in Pediatric Cardiology and Adult Congenital Heart Disease at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Moore received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 2003. He completed residency and fellowship at UCLA before pursuing his subspecialty training in Pediatric Electrophysiology at Vanderbilt University in 2009. Dr. Moore has been faculty at UCLA since 2010 and has since published numerous research manuscripts dealing with electrophysiologic aspects pertinent to congenital heart disease. Dr. Moore’s primary interest is the study of mechanisms of arrhythmia, and the development of novel electrophysiologic techniques for management of the adult patient with congenital heart disease
Dr. Mehul Patel MD, is a structural and adult congenital heart disease specialist and an interventional cardiologist. Dr. Patel earned his undergraduate and medical education from the Mumbai University, India. After completing his post-graduate training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology, he further trained in interventional cardiology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, NYC, NY and Adult Congenital Heart Disease at the Texas Children’s Hospital, Texas Heart Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. Dr. Patel worked as Chief of adult congenital heart disease, Assistant Professor at the Michigan State University, Grand Rapids, MI where he not only expanded the program, performing complex interventions and device implantations but also established the percutaneous pulmonary valve implantation (Melody Valve) Program. Due to his passion for treating structurally abnormal hearts, he did a dedicated year of Structural Heart Disease fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI where he worked with pioneers in this field before moving to North Carolina. He is proficient in performing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), MitraClip, Watchman device implantation, percutaneous Mitral, Tricuspid and Pulmonary valve replacements along with a variety of interventions on congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Patel is ABIM board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Interventional cardiology and Adult Congenital Heart Disease. Dr. Patel has more than 50 peer reviewed publications and numerous abstracts to his credit. He serves as a Co-Editor-in-Chief for the CHiP Network journal watch. His wife, Khyati is a pediatric cardiac Electrophysiologist and they have a 9-year-old daughter. Dr. Patel is also an artist, likes music, yoga and plays badminton. His clinical areas of expertise and interests are: 1) Transcatheter therapies for Structural and Adult Congenital heart disease. 2) Complex device implantations.
Dr. Timothy Pirolli is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in pediatric and adult congenital cardiac surgery. His hospital affiliations include Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Parkland Memorial Hospital, and Clements University Hospital (UTSW).
Dr. Inga Voges, M.D. Consultant in Pediatric Cardiology, Lead Consultant Cardiovascular MRI. I trained in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology in Rostock (Germany) and Kiel (Germany) from 2002-2010 and did additional training in Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) in Kiel (Germany) which I finished in 2014. I specialized in Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CMR) and have a further special interest in cardiomyopathies. Currently, I am working as a consultant pediatric and ACHD cardiologist at the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein (Kiel, Germany) where I am responsible for the CMR imaging program in pediatric and ACHD patients and contribute to the care of patients with acquired and congenital heart disease. I received my MD from the Medical University Luebeck in 2006 (Germany) and finished my “Habilitation” (PhD equivalent; University Hospital Kiel, Germany) in 2014. Since 2016, I am the secretary of the Association for European Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology Imaging Working Group.
Dr. Gary Webb, M.D. is an Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and,
from 2009-2016, the Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Heart Institute. A graduate of McGill
University in Montréal, he interned at the Royal Victoria Hospital, and then trained in internal medicine and cardiology at the University of Toronto. From 1980-2004, he was co-director and then director of the Toronto Congenital Cardiac Center for Adults at Toronto General Hospital. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in both internal medicine and cardiology. From 2004-2009, he was director of the Philadelphia Adult Congenital Heart Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2016, he has been a consultant to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and has been responsible for the ACHD Learning Center, the Cardiology Fellow Testing Center, and the Congenital Heart Professionals International (CHIP) Network. Since 2017, he has resumed seeing patients on a part-time basis at the Toronto Congenital Cardiac Centre for Adults.
Wendy Whiteside, MD Wendy is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Director of Interventional Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Michigan Congenital Heart Center, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. She obtained her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2006 then completed pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Oakland in Oakland, CA in 2009. She received
both her categorical and interventional pediatric cardiology training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Her clinical and research interests include single ventricle physiology, transcatheter
pulmonary valves, and quality improvement within the cardiac catheterization laboratory.
Congenital heart and pediatric cardiac Journal Watch was designed to make it easier for congenital heart and pediatric cardiac professionals to keep up with the literature in 6 subsections of congenital heart disease abstracts on a monthly basis: pediatric cardiology; congenital heart surgery; congenital heart interventions; congenital/pediatric electrophysiology; fetal cardiology; and adult congenital heart disease.
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