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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 oversight 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.

Medical Advisory Board Recruitment Period Opens (July 26, 2021)

The Adult Congenital Heart Association is currently recruiting Medical Advisory Board (MAB) Members. Please send your CV, letters of reference and the full application to Danielle Hile, Senior Director of Mission Delivery at the Adult Congenital Heart Association, at dhile@achaheart.org no later than September 17, 2021. The term for this round of MAB members will begin on January 1, 2022, and run for three years. 

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.

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

Paul Khairy

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

Ariane Marelli

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

Philip Moons

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

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

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)