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Medical Advisory Board

ACHA thanks the Medical Advisory Board for their remarkable contributions to ACHA and the CHD community.

This group of top physicians and healthcare providers in the CHD field provides expert input and advice for all ACHA activities involving medical, scientific and/or medical profession related content.

They offer expert opinions on research and medical developments in CHD and the needs of the CHD population and assure that ACHA policies meet the highest standards of scientific need and accuracy.

Disty Pearson

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

Ronen Rozenblum

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

David J. Sahn

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

Michael Singh

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

Jane Somerville

Jane Somerville, MD, FRCP 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.

Karen Stout

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

Carole A. Warnes

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

Roberta G. Williams

Roberta G. Williams, MD, MACC, FAHA 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

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

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

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