Identifying and Addressing Disparities in ACHD Care

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - Presented by Keila Natilde Lopez, MD, MPH, and Katherine Salciccioli, MD

Scheduled Wednesday, Jun 12, 2024 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. EDT

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Why is accessing appropriate medical care so hard for adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD)? Who is at highest risk for low quality care – or none at all? Are there high-risk periods for disparities in ACHD to become more pronounced? Most importantly, what can we do about it? Please join us for a review of past and ongoing challenges in achieving equitable and appropriate ACHD care – and a discussion of action items for improving access now and in the future. Register today.

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About the Presenters:

Dr. Keila N. Lopez is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Pediatric Cardiology at Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH)/Baylor College of Medicine, with a clinical focus on transition and advanced non-invasive imaging and research focus on reducing health disparities for children and adolescents with congenital heart disease (CHD). She is the creator and director of the TCH cardiology transition program, which works to reduce disparities in care for adolescents and young adults with CHD, who often have difficulties in transitioning and transferring from care in a pediatric setting to care in an adult setting. She currently has an NIH National Heart Lung and Blood Institute grant for technology-based interventions to improve transition of care between pediatric and adult systems. 

Dr. Katherine Salciccioli is an assistant professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and the associate program director of the ACHD Fellowship Program at Baylor College of Medicine and TCH. She loves helping patients understand their hearts and engage in their care in order to confidently pursue their personal goals. She is passionate about teaching patients and families as well as future medical professionals. To help in advancing the field of adult congenital cardiology, she is driven to identify and address challenges in access to ACHD care, especially around the transition from pediatric to adult congenital care.


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