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Medical Advisory Board


MAB Chair Curt J. Daniels, MD, FACC
Director of the Columbus Ohio Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Pulmonary Hypertension Programs
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Attending cardiologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH





MAB Past Chair Michael J. Landzberg, MD
Director, Boston Adult Congenital Heart Program (BACH) and Pulmonary Hypertension Service (PHT)
Children's Hospital Boston/Brigham and Women's Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard University, Boston, MA






MAB Vice Chair Jamil Aboulhosn, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Streisand/American Heart Association Chair of Cardiology
Associate Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles
Director, Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center, Los Angeles, CA





Chair, Professional Affairs:
Karen Stout, MD

Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program
Associate Professor, Cardiology/Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor, Cardiology/Pediatrics
University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA
 





Chair Research:
Alexander Opotowsky, MD
Children’s Hospital Boston/ Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA








Naser M. Ammash, MD
Professor of Medicine
Consultant, Cardiovascular Diseases
Co-director, Echocardiography Laboratory
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN






Craig S. Broberg, MD, MCR
Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic
Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR 








Stephen C. Cook, MD, FACC
Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center of UPMC
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Heart Institute, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA







Stephen Crumb, DNP, AACC
Coordinator, COACH (Columbus Ohio Adult Congenital Heart) Program 
The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 





 

Michael G. Earing, MD
Director, Wisconsin Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program (WAtCH),
Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI






Sue Fernandes, LPD, PA-C
Program Director, Adult Congenital Heart Program at Stanford,
Stanford Hospital Clinics, Palo Alto, CA








Jonathan Ginns, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center
Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY


Michelle Z. Gurvitz, MD
Cardiologist, Children’s Hospital Boston
Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program







Ian Harris, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor,
University of California, San Francisco, CA








Yuli Kim, MD
Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center,
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Scott Klewer, MD
Chief of Staff at University Medical Center,
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ








Brian Kogon, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston
Associate Professor of Surgery, Emory University, Atlanta, GA







Richard Krasuski, MD
Director of Adult Congenital Heart Service at the Cleveland Clinic,
Cleveland, OH








George Lui, MD
Medical Director, Adult Congenital Heart Program at Stanford
Clinical Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine
Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA






Alison Knauth Meadows, MD, PhD
Director, ACHD Program, Northern California Kaiser Permanente
Associate Professor at University of California, San Francisco

Pamela D. Miner, NP
Nurse Practitioner, Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center
UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA





 

Disty Pearson, PA-C
Physician Assistant, Boston Adult Congenital Heart Program (BACH) and Pulmonary Hypertension Service (PHT)
Children's Hospital Boston/Brigham and Women's Hospital





 

Marlon Rosenbaum, MD
Director of Adult Congenital Heart Disease,
Columbia University, New York, NY








Ronen Rozenblum, PhD, MPH
Director, The Unit for Innovative Healthcare Practice & Technology
Research Associate, The Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice/Brigham & Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School, Boston







Arwa S. Saidi, MB, BCh, MEd, FACC
Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program
Associate Professor, University of Florida, Gainesville






 

Michael Singh, MD
Inpatient Director of the Boston Adult Congenital Heart (BACH)/Pulmonary Hypertension Service,
Co-director of the Adult Marfan Syndrome/Related Connective Tissue Disorder and Aortic Disease program of the Cardiovascular Genetics Service,
Children's Hospital Boston/Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA




Jennifer Ting, MD
Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Professor of Medicine, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA








Ali Zaidi, MD
Adult Congenital Heart Disease Specialist for The Heart Center,
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at Ohio State University College of Medicine,
Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH








Emeritus Members

William R. Davidson, Jr., MD
Director, Program for Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Professor of Medicine, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA
Penn State Heart & Vascular Institute, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center







Elyse Foster, MD, FACC
Professor of Clinical Medicine & Anesthesia
Araxe Vilensky Endowed Chair in Cardiology
Director, Echocardiography
Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Service




 

Welton M. Gersony, MD
Director of the Pediatric Cardiology Center
Nadas Professor of Pediatric Cardiology 
New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Columbia University, New York, NY 






Thomas P. Graham, MD
Thomas P. Graham is the Emeritus Professor of Pediatric Cardiology at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Dr. Graham came to Vanderbilt in 1971 to establish the Pediatric Cardiology program, which was renamed the Thomas P. Graham Division of Pediatric Cardiology in 2008. Dr. Graham has served the College as the chair of the Pediatric Cardiology Committee twice, the chair of the Credentials and Membership Committee, on multiple Bethesda Conference Steering Committees, and on the Publications Committee. He has also served on the editorial board of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and as a member of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Graham was awarded the Gifted Teacher award by Vanderbilt in 2006. His major research interest has been ventricular function in congenital heart disease and has been the pediatric cardiology editor for the Year Book of Cardiology since 1997.

Joseph D. Kay, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
UC Denver ACHD Program Director








Karen S. Kuehl, MD, MPH
Director, Washington Adult Congenital Heart Center
Children's National Medical Center & Washington Hospital Center
Professor, Child Health and Development
George Washington University School of Medicine






Michael McConnell, MD
Co-Director, Emory Adult Congenital Cardiac Clinic
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine, Sibley Heart Center






Joseph K. Perloff, MD
University of California, Los Angeles
Joseph K. Perloff is the Founder and Medical Director of the UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center. Dr. Perloff has been pivotal in establishing the field of adult congenital heart disease. In 2008, the American College of Cardiology presented Dr Perloff with its most prestigious honor—the Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr Perloff is the author of hundreds of scientific articles and chapters. His books include the 5th edition of the Clinical Recognition of Congenital Heart Disease, a definitive text, the 3rd edition of Congenital Heart Disease in Adults, which was the first book dedicated to this new field, and the fourth edition of the Physical Examination of the Heart and Circulation, a classic text.

David J. Sahn, MD
Director, OHSU Interdisciplinary Program for Cardiac Imaging
Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology), Diagnostic Radiology, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Biomedical Engineering
Oregon Health and Sciences University






Jane Somerville, MD, FRCP
Dr. Jane Somerville established the first adolescent cardiology ward in 1975 at National Heart Hospital in London. In 1980, she organized the first World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology, also in London. Dr. Somerville established “Grown Up Congenital Heart Disease” (GUCH) as a subspecialty of cardiology in the UK and Europe and founded the European Society of Cardiology Working Group on GUCH. The GUCH unit at Brompton Hospital is named after Dr. Somerville. Her “Unicorns,” a club of doctors from all over the world who have trained with her, continue to spread the passion for GUCH. Dr. Somerville has written papers on pediatric cardiology and adult congenital heart disease and given numerous named lectures, including the upcoming Dan G. McNamara lecture at ACC 2012 in Chicago. She has also been chosen to be honored by ACC as one of five legends for her contributions to cardiology, which she hopes has the potential to increase the “profile” of congenital heart patients and the importance of the issues that adults with CHD face.

Carole A. Warnes, MD, FRCP, FACC
Professor of Medicine, Mayo Medical School
Consultant, Division of Cardiology Diseases and Internal Medicine
Consultant, Division of Pediatric Cardiology
Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic

 




Gary D. Webb, MD
Director, Cincinnati Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program, Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, University of Cincinnati







Roberta G. Williams, MD, MACC, FAHA
Roberta G. Williams was trained in Medicine-Pediatrics and pediatric and adult cardiology. She became the first medical director of a cardiothoracic intensive care unit and instituted the pediatric echocardiography laboratory at Boston Children’s Hospital in 1973. She has co-authored three texts. She was Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at University of California Los Angeles from 1982-95, Chair of Pediatrics at University of North Carolina from 1995-2000, and Chair of Pediatrics and VP for Academic Affairs at University of Southern California/Children’s Hospital Los Angeles from 2000-2010.She has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from ASE, the Gifted Teacher Award from the ACC, the Women in Cardiology Mentor Award from the Clinical Cardiology Council of AHA, and the Founder’s Award from the Pediatric Cardiology Section of the AAP. Her career interest has been in the lifecycle of patients with congenital heart disease, from fetal life to old age.





International Advisors


Luis E Alday, MD, FACC, FAHA
Head of Cardiology, Air Force Hospital, Cordoba, Argentina
Head of Pediatric Cardiology, Sanatorio Allende, Cordoba, Argentina








Jack M. Colman, MD, FRCPC
Staff Cardiologist
Toronto Congenital Cardiac Centre for Adults
Mount Sinai Hospital and Toronto General Hospital/UHN
Co-director, Heart Diseases in Pregnancy Program
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto




Michael A Gatzoulis, MD, PhD
Professor of Cardiology, Congenital Heart Disease and Consultant Cardiologist
Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Centre
Royal Brompton Hospital and the National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College School of Medicine in London, UK

Paul Khairy, MD, Ph.D, FRCP(C)
Electrophysiology and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Director, Adult Congenital Heart Centre
Associate Professor of Medicine, Montreal Heart Institute
University of Montreal Research Director
Boston Adult Congenital Heart Service Children's Hospital Boston/Brigham and Women's Hospital




Adrienne Kovacs, Ph.D
Clinical and Health Psychologist, Toronto Congenital Cardiac Centre for Adults
Peter Munk Cardiac Centre/University Health Network, Toronto, Canada
Assistant Professor, Medicine, University of Toronto






Ariane Marelli, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine, McGill University
Director, MAUDE Unit (McGill Adult Unit for Congenital Heart Disease)



 

 

Philip Moons, Ph.D, RN
Associate Professor of Nursing Science at the Center for Health Services and Nursing Research, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium
Advanced Practice Nurse, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program, University Hospitals Leuven






Barbara J.M. Mulder, MD, Ph.D
Professor of Cardiology in the Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam
President, International Society for Adult Congenital Heart Disease







Koichiro Niwa, MD
Director, Department of Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Pediatrics
Chief, Department of Pediatrics
Chiba Cardiovascular Center, Chiba, Japan
Former President of the Japanese Society for Adult Congenital Heart Disease (JSACHD)