2014 National Conference Invited Faculty

The list below includes all presenters invited to ACHA's 7th National Conference.

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

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

Silke Apers
Centre for Health Services and Nursing Research,
Department of Public Health, KU Leuven,
Leuven, Belgium

Ami Bhatt, MD
Co-Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Susan Blensdorf APN, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner, Cardiology
Ann and Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Wendy Book, MD
Director, Emory University Adult Congenital Heart Program
Emory University
Atlanta, GA

Jonas Bromberg, PsyD
Boston Children’s Hospital
Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry and
Boston Adult Congenital Heart Program
Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Massimo Caputo, MD, MCH
Professor, Congenital Cardiac Surgery
University of Bristol
Bristol, UK

John Cheatham, MD, FAAP, FACC, FSCAI
Director of Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Therapy
Co-Director of The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital
Columbus, OH

Stephen 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 R. Crumb, DNP, AACC
Coordinator, Nurse Practitioner
COACH Program: Columbus Ohio Adult Congenital Heart Disease &
Pulmonary Hypertension Program
The Heart Center
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Columbus, OH

Curt J. Daniels, MD, FACC
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Director, COACH Program: Columbus Ohio Adult
Congenital Heart Disease & Pulmonary
Hypertension Programs, The Heart Center at
Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Ohio State University Medical Center
Columbus, OH

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

Andrew De Freitas, MD
Assistant Professor Pediatric Cardiology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Barbara Deal, MD
Professor – Pediatric Cardiology
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

Gwendolyn Derk, BS
Yoga Instructor
Research Associate for Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center,
University of California Los Angeles, CA
MD/PHD student at University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign, IL

James Downar, MD
Critical Care and Palliative Care Staff Physician
Toronto General Hospital
Toronto, ON

Ira Dubrow, MD
Advocate Children’s Hospital
Chicago, IL

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

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

Elyse Foster, MD
Professor of Medicine and Clinical Anesthesia
Araxe Vilensky Endowed Chair in Cardiology
Director, Echocardiography
Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Service
University of California
San Francisco Medical Center
San Francisco, CA

Anne Freter, APN
Advocate Children’s Hospital
Chicago, IL

Rani Ganesan, MD
Assistant Professor
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

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

Kevin Gordon
ACHA Board of Directors
Minnetonka, MN

Kathleen Grady, PhD, APN, FAAN
Administrative Director, Center for Heart Failure,
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Associate Professor of Surgery,
Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

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

Karla Hanson, MS
Sr. Exercise Physiologist
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Joel Hardin, MD, FAAP, FACC, FAHA
Assistant Professor
Loyola Medicine
Advocate Children’s Hospital
Chicago, IL

Ian Harris, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor,
Adult Congenital Heart Program
University of California
San Francisco, CA

Mary Heitschmidt, RN, APN, PhD, CCRN
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Rush Center for Congenital and Structural Heart Disease
Chicago, IL

Jenne Hickey, MSN, FNP-BC
The Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart
Disease Program, The Heart Center at Nationwide
Children’s Hospital
Columbus, OH

Ziyad Hijazi, MD, MPH, FSCAI, FACC, FAAP
James A. Hunter, MD, University Chair,
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Michel Ilbawi, MD
Director, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
Rush University
Chicago, IL

Jamie Jackson, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics,
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Principal investigator in the Center for Behavioral Health,
The Research Institute and The Heart Center
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Columbus, OH

Alex Javois, MD
Advocate Children’s Hospital
Chicago, IL

Joe Kay, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
UC Denver ACHD Program Director
Denver, CO

Damien Kenny, MB, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Hybrid Suite
Rush Center for Congenital and Structural Heart Disease
Chicago, IL

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
Surgical Director, Emory Adult Congenital
Heart Program, Emory University/Children’s
Healthcare of Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia

Julie Kovach, MD
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

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

Michael Landzberg, MD
Director, Boston Adult Congenital Heart
and Pulmonary Hypertension Group
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Children’s Hospital Boston
Assistant Professor in Medicine
Harvard University
Boston, MA

Chris Learn, MD
Assistant Professor, Heart Institute
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH

Scott Leezer
Health Legislative Correspondent for
Senator Richard Durbin

Scott Lim, MD
Co-director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center
University of Virginia Health System
Charlottesville, VA

Tracy Livecchi, LCSW
Consultant, ACHA Heart to Heart Ambassador Program
Westport, CT

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

Teresa Lyle, APRN
Instructor, Florida Southern University
Emory University Adult Congenital Heart Team
Atlanta, GA

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

Audrey Marshall, MD
Children’s Hospital Boston
Boston, MA

Doff McElhinney, MD, MS
Professor, NYU Langone Medical Center
Congenital and Structural Heart Disease
New York, NY

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

Marla Mendelson, MD
Associate Professor, Medicine-Cardiology and Pediatrics-Genetics,
Birth Defects and Metabolism
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Pam Miner, RN, MN, NP
Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart
Disease Center
Los Angeles, CA

Terra Naset, MS, RD
Registered Dietician/Nutritionist
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Alexander R. Opotowsky, MD, MPH
Children’s Hospital Boston
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Disty Pearson, PA-C
Boston Adult Congenital Heart and Pulmonary
Hypertension Program
Children’s Hospital Boston
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA

Gail Prokop, APN
Adult Congenital Heart Program
Advocate Children’s Hospital
Chicago, IL

Rick Puder
ACHA Heart to Heart Ambassador
Bohemia, NY

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, MA

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

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

Barbara Schweizer, BSN, RN, MBA, FACHE
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

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

Ann Marie Valente, MD
Associate in Cardiology; Outpatient Director,
Boston Adult Congenital Heart Service
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Peter Varga, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic
University of Chicago Medicine
Comer Children’s Hospital
Chicago, IL

Gruschen Veldtman, RCDP, MBChB
Director of Inpatient ACHD Services
Heart Institute, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH

Stephanie Ware, MD, PhD
Medical Geneticist
Indiana University
Indianapolis, IN

Carole Warnes, MD, FACC, FRCP
Professor of Medicine Mayo Clinic
Consultant Cardiovascular Diseases,
Internal Medicine and Pediatric Cardiology
Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic
Rochester, MN

Gary D. Webb, MD, FRCP(C), FACC
Director, Cincinnati Adolescent and Adult
Congenital Heart Center
Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH

Emily Wells
ACHA Heart to Heart Ambassador
Portland, OR

Mary Wilke, RN, APN
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Fred Wu, MD
Assistant in Pediatrics
Instructor in Medicine Harvard Medical School
Boston Adult Congenital Heart & Pulmonary Hypertension Service
Children's Hospital Boston
Boston, MA

Evan Zahn, MD
Director, Congenital Heart Program
Heart Institute and Department of Pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai
Los Angeles, CA

Ali Zaidi, MD
Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program
Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care
The Children's Hospital of Montefiore
Bronx, NY

Frank Zimmerman, MD
Advocate Children’s Hospital
Chicago, IL