Texas Children's Heart Center welcomes Dr. Lisa D'Alessandro

HOUSTON - (Jan.20, 2015) - Texas Children's Heart Center is excited to welcome pediatriccardiologist Dr. Lisa D'Alessandro. Texas Children's Heart Center is ranked #2nationally in cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News World Report. Formore information visit texaschildrens.org/heart.

"I am thrilled towelcome Dr. D'Alessandro to our team," said Dr. Daniel J. Penny, chief ofcardiology at Texas Children's Hospital and section head and professor ofpediatrics-cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine. "As we continue to expand ourCardiovascular Genetics Program, her specialized training will prove to be an invaluableasset."

D'Alessandro, whoalso serves as an associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor, completed herundergraduate degree at the University of Windsor in Ontario. She earned hermedical degree and did her residency training at Western University in London,Ontario. D'Alessandro completed her fellowship in pediatric cardiology at TheChildren's Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as a research fellowship incardiac genomics at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

D'Alessandro'sclinical interests include cardiovascular genetics, inpatient and outpatientgeneral cardiology and echocardiography. Her research interests include the useof next-generation sequencing to understand the genetic causes of congenitalheart disease and factors that may influence prognosis, as well as the use ofnon-invasive prenatal genetic testing in the fetal heart population. D'Alessandrois a member of the American Heart Association, Canadian Cardiovascular Societyand Ontario Medical Association/Canadian Medical Association.

The CardiovascularGenetics Clinic at Texas Children's Heart Center is a multidisciplinary clinicwhere a team of cardiologists and geneticists look at the genetic basis forcardiovascular disease.Experts screen, diagnose and provide counseling topatients and their families.

Formore than half a century, the integrated, multidisciplinary team has combinedcutting-edge technology with compassion and a family-centered approach to treatmore than 17,000 children with congenital heart defects and perform more than800 surgeries annually. Texas Children's Heart Centercardiologists and surgeons are world-renowned leaders in pediatric cardiology,congenital heart surgery and cardiovascular anesthesiology, andoffer every procedure available for the treatment ofpediatric heart diseases and defects for children of all ages, includingpreterm and low-birth-weight newborns.

About Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, a second community hospital planned to open in 2017. The organization also created the nation’s first HMO for children, has the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.