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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. 

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)

In Memoriam

Thomas P. Graham, MD 1937-2020

Thomas P. Graham, MD (1937-2020)
Emeritus Professor, Pediatric Cardiology at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Nashville
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 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 had 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 was ventricular function in congenital heart disease and had been the pediatric cardiology editor for the Year Book of Cardiology since 1997.

Joseph K. Perloff, MD 1924-2014

Joseph K. Perloff, MD (1924-2014)
University of California, Los Angeles
Joseph K. Perloff, the founder and Medical Director of the UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center, was 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.