Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Women’s Heart Health Conference

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Join the two day virtual event hosted by Texas Children’s on April 29-30, 2022!

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About the Virtual Conference

Join us for an educational opportunity (CME / CNE) to discuss the latest developments in adult congenital heart disease and cardiac disease in women. This virtual experience is structured to provide extensive information in 15-20 minute increments to enhance baseline knowledge of the participant.

Friday, April 29, focus on three specialized breakout sessions:

  1. Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  2. Women’s Heart Health
  3. Emergency and Critical Care

Saturday, April 30, include specific case studies with discussion components led by expert panels. Speakers are highly specialized in their areas of expertise and come from across the globe.

The entire conference will provide a wealth of information on numerous topics – for more information, please see conference agenda below.



Speaker Bios

Marc Michael Anders, MD


  • Pregnant Patient with COVID 
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support 
  • Pregnancy/COVID – Ventilation, ECMO 

Dr. Marc Anders is an associate Professor for the adult and pediatric critical care units at Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX, USA. He is board-certified in Anesthesiology and Critical Care in Europe, and additionally Pediatric Critical Care in Australia and US. He serves as the Scientific Oversight Committee Chait for the Extracorporeal Life Society Organization and is one of the co-founders of the ECMO network “ECMO del Mundo”. His primary research interest is Mechanical Circulatory Support including Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation and Ventricular Assist Devices. He authored more than 80 publications with the most recent publications in The Lancet: “Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support in COVID-19: an international cohort study of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization registry” and the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine: “Pregnant and Peripartum Women with COVID-19 Have High Survival with Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: An Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Registry Analysis”. His passion is clinical care for patients, where he strives to deliver the highest level of care for every individual patient, based on evidence and experience. 

Robert H. Ball, MD

Sessions: Opportunities with Telehealth 

Dr. Ball grew up in capitals around Western Europe, the son of journalist father from Michigan and an artist mother from Germany. He graduated from medical school at Oxford University. He completed his OB/Gyn residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, followed by fellowship training in Maternal Fetal Medicine at UCSF. 

After primarily focusing on career interests in prenatal diagnosis and fetal intervention, Dr Ball became interested in telemedicine. He first gained experience with this technology when he worked with Drs Belfort and Clark in Utah and Idaho. By the time he joined the faculty here, he had expanded telemedicine services to include inpatient consults. Since arriving in Houston, he has been involved in Departmental and Systemwide telemedicine initiatives, and has been the Medical Director for eHealth at TCH since October 2019. 

Michael Belfort, MD

Session: Avoiding Single Ventricle 

Dr. Michael A. Belfort is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, Texas, and Obstetrician and Gynecologist-in-Chief at Texas Children’s Hospital, in Houston, Texas. 

Dr. Belfort did his graduate education at the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, earning his Basic Medical Degree (MBBCH: Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) in 1981. After his internship, he spent 2 years in the military where he was lucky enough to spend time in cardiovascular surgery and emergency room medicine. He then did some anesthesia training and earned a Diploma in Anesthesia before beginning his first residency in Ob/Gyn at the University of Cape Town, which he completed in 1989. He has a Post Graduate Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Cape Town awarded in 1990 for his thesis on Neonatal Brain Blood flow. He completed his second OB/Gyn residency at Baylor College of Medicine from 1989 – 1993 and then did an MFM Fellowship from 1993-1995 at Baylor College of Medicine. After completing his MFM Fellowship, he did research in brain blood flow and autoregulation in pregnancy and in 2002 was awarded a PhD from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. He lived in Utah for 14 years from 1997-2011 and worked at the University of Utah. In 2011 he returned to Baylor as Chair of the Department of Ob/Gyn and Ob/Gyn-in-Chief at Texas Children's Hospital.  

Dr. Belfort has more than 430 peer-reviewed publications in his areas of interest and holds two patents - one for a drain used in the management of malignant ascites in ovarian cancer, and a US Patent for a tamponade balloon system used in the management of postpartum hemorrhage. 

For fun, Dr. Belfort enjoys aviation and holds a fixed-wing commercial pilot’s license and a private pilot helicopter license. 

Kirbie Broughton, MD

Session: Anesthetic considerations in critically ill pregnant patient 

Kirbie Broughton is a Houston native and an obstetric anesthesiologist at Houston Methodist Hospital.  She completed her medical education at Virginia Commonwealth University and anesthesia training at the Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital System.  During her time in residency she discovered her passion for the field of obstetric anesthesiology and went on to complete an obstetric anesthesiology fellowship at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Her interests include medical disparities in obstetric anesthesia, regional anesthesia, and enhanced recovery after surgery.

Amish S. Dave, MD, PhD

Sessions: Ventricular Arrhythmias 

Dr Amish S Dave is a board certified clinical cardiac electrophysiologist and cardiologist with a special interest in treating arrhythmias in adults born with congenital heart disease.   He is employed at Houston Methodist Hospital and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and is the director of the pacemaker clinic there. 

He did a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Chicago, his medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and his medical, cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology residencies and fellowships at UCLA.  After training he joined Houston Methodist in 2010. 

Valeria Duarte, MD

Dr. Valeria Duarte received her medical degree at Favaloro University in Buenos Aires. She completed her internal medicine internship and residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio; she subsequently completed her cardiology training at the University of Florida and her adult congenital heart disease fellowship with a focus on cardiovascular imaging at the combined program at Boston Children’s, Brigham and Women’s, and Massachusetts General Hospital. During her time in Boston, she was awarded a two-year T-32 National Institute of Health grant.  She subsequently remained in the faculty at Boston Children’s and Brigham and Women’s and as an instructor at Harvard Medical School.  She obtained a master’s in public health at the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health. She is currently an ACHD cardiologist and the director of the ACHD imaging program at the Houston Methodist  DeBakey Heart Heart and Vascular Center. Her clinical and research interest areas are advanced cardiac imaging in adult congenital heart disease and high-risk pregnancy and cardiovascular disease. 

Peter Ermis, MD, FACC

Dr. Peter Ermis is an adult and pediatric cardiologist and serves as the Medical Director for the Adult Congenital Heart Program at Texas Children’s Hospital. He also serves as the program director for the Adult Congenital Heart Disease fellowship program as well the Head of Adult Medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed residency training in combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in 2009 followed by completion of a combined adult and pediatric cardiology fellowship at the Texas Heart Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital in 2014. He joined Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine as faculty in 2014 serving within the Adult Congenital Heart Program. He is board certified in internal medicine, pediatrics, adult cardiovascular disease, pediatric cardiology and adult congenital heart disease. Dr. Ermis serves on the Medical Advisory Board for the Adult Congenital Heart Association and as a general board member for the Greater Houston Society Echo-Vascular. His clinical and administrative interests include improving care and access to care for adults with congenital heart disease and was instrumental in design and opening of the dedicated Adult Congenital Heart Unit at Texas Children’s Hospital in 2000.

Saul Flores, MD

Sessions: Transposition of the Great Arteries – Where Left is Not Always Right 

Saul Flores, MD, is a cardiac intensivist at Texas Children's Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Flores completed his training in cardiology, critical care, and critical heart care at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Flores is one of the cardiac intensivist staffing the ACHD CICU. 

Wayne Franklin, MD


  • Developing a Maternal Heart Program 
  • Listen to the Heart. Notable findings on cardiac exam 

Dr. Franklin is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and UCLA School of Medicine.  He did his residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Duke University, where he first was exposed to Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD).  He then did two simultaneous fellowships in adult cardiology and pediatric cardiology at St. Luke’s/Texas Heart Institute and at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) in Houston.  

He came to Phoenix in 2018 to join Phoenix Children’s Hospital as the Co-Director of the Heart Center, Division Chief of Cardiology, Director of the ACHD Program, Chair of the Department of Adult Medicine.  In addition, he is a Full Professor in three University of Arizona-College of Medicine-Phoenix Departments, including the Departments of Medicine, Child Health, and Obstetrics and Gynecology.   

From an academic perspective, he is involved with several research projects on adults with congenital heart disease, specifically in patients with single ventricle-Fontan physiology, neurocognitive outcomes, pulmonary hypertension, cardiac disease in pregnancy, and most recently, transition medicine.  Dr. Franklin has been appointed to several medical advisory boards in congenital heart disease, including the ACHA, the Alliance for Adult Research in Congenital Cardiology, American College of Cardiology, and American Heart Association.  He has been an invited lecturer across North America, Europe, South America, and South Asia.   

Manisha Ghandi, MD


  • Care Delivery 
  • Developing a Maternal Heart Program 
  • Considerations Before, During, and After Pregnancy 
  • The Pregnant ACHD Patient (Joint session with Track 2&3) 
  • Fetal/Maternal Interventions 
  • Transposition of the Great Arteries – Where Left is Not Always Right 
  • Pregnant Patient with COVID 

Dr. Manisha Gandhi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and serves as the Division Director for Maternal Fetal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women in Houston, Texas. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She joined Baylor College of Medicine in 2009 and has cared for patients at the Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women since it opened in 2011. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine. She co-led the initiative to start a joint Maternal-Fetal Medicine/Adult Cardiology Heart Disease clinic in 2015 at Texas Children’s Hospital for women with congenital and acquired heart disease who are pregnant or are considering pregnancy. Her clinical and research interests include cardiac disease in pregnancy and quality initiatives to promote health equity. She is actively involved in multiple national society committees including serving as Vice Chair of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee and member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Publications Committee.  

Lisa Hollier, MD


  • OB/GYN Role in Women’s Heart Health 
  • Future CV effects of pregnancy complications 

Dr. Lisa Hollier is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  She received her Doctorate in Medicine and Masters in Public Health from Tulane University.  She completed a residency in Ob/Gyn and a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine.  Dr. Hollier is a Past President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  She is the Chair of the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee.  Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to reducing health inequities and improving women’s health by advancing women’s health policy.   

Karen Horst, MD

Sessions: Post ICU Mental Health Care 

Dr. Horst attended Yale University as an undergraduate, majoring in philosophy with a focus on women's philosophy, and Baylor College of Medicine for her MD.  After two years of residency in obstetrics and gynecology also at Baylor, Dr. Horst transferred to the psychiatry department and completed  a residency in psychiatry.  Dr. Horst is boarded in psychiatry and has specialized in the intersection of women's reproductive and mental health over the past twenty years.  Dr. Horst moved with her family to Colorado in 2006 when her brother-in-law underwent a heart transplant due to congenital hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.  While in Colorado, Dr. Horst collaborated with practitioners of women's healthcare and reproductive mental healthcare, giving talks to Colorado ACOG and other medical organizations, training perinatal mental health specialists through Postpartum Support International and co-chairing The Maternal Mortality Review Committee at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Education.  In 2019, Dr. Horst moved back to Houston and rejoined Baylor College of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as an assistant professor within the division of Reproductive Psychiatry.  Dr. Horst is now the Medical Director of The Women's Place and Interim Division Director for Reproductive Psychiatry. 

Ryan Jones, MD

Session: Atrial arrhythmias 

Dr. Ryan Jones is the Chief of Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiology at LSUHS-Shreveport. He also serves as the Chair of the Rigby Society of Academic Medicine.

Janice Burgos Lee, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Women’s Services  

A. Janice Lee PharmD, BCPS, is a Women’s Health Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. Her primary practice area includes obstetrics and maternal fetal medicine. She is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy and completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy Residency at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas. She is board certified in pharmacotherapy.

Keila Lopez, MD

Session: Transition 

Dr. Keila N. Lopez, a native of Chicago, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Pediatric Cardiology at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her medical school at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois, and then completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Chicago. She subsequently completed the Commonwealth Fund Fellowship at Harvard School of Public Health in Minority Health Policy and Healthcare Management in Boston, Massachusetts. She completed her medical training by completing a fellowship in pediatric cardiology with a focus on cardiovascular imaging at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX where she now resides. 

Dr. Lopez’s research portfolio reflects a longstanding commitment to addressing health disparities and public health initiatives. She has presented nationally on health disparities, leading teams to conduct multidisciplinary work using large databases and GIS mapping to better understand the connection between health, socioeconomic status, neighborhood level factors and access to quality healthcare. She has participated in several community initiatives to help underserved populations, and more recently was the only Latina and pediatrician appointed to Houston Mayor Turner’s COVID-19 Health Equity Response Task Force. 

Given her public health and health policy background, she serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Rice University and serves as a co-investigator for the Texas Children’s Policy and Advocacy Center.  She is the creator and Director of the pediatric cardiology Transition Program, screening knowledge and transition skill gaps for youth with congenital heart disease to improve their ultimate transfer to adult care.  She has an NIH early career award to use technology to reduce health disparities during the transition process in patients with congenital heart disease.  

Dr. Lopez seeks to incorporate cardiology, public health, and minority health policy in order to develop research initiatives that directly inform health policy and improve the health care of minorities and underserved populations. She hopes to identify strategies to enhance and prolong the lives of those with CHD through surveillance, population-based research, education, health promotion, advocacy, and policy development.

Luis Pacheco, MD

Session: Anticoagulation for the pregnant ACHD patient 

Dr. Pacheco is a Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Anesthesiology, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Surgical Critical Care at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.  

He completed medical school and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Costa Rica followed by a second residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine under the Department of Anesthesiology at University of Texas Medical Branch.  

He is triple board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine.  

Dr. Pacheco has been with UTMB since 2008 and is the Director of Obstetrical Critical Care and Director of the Residency Education Program, Surgical Intensive Care Unit. He is the Departmental Director of Obstetrical Patient Safety and Chair of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Clinical Competency Committee.  

Dr. Pacheco’s work in both maternal fetal medicine and critical care medicine is unique in that he is on of the very few maternal-fetal medicine specialist in the country who actually staffs a general surgical critical care unit and is clinically active in both services, allowing him to have a particular understanding of critical care. The knowledge that he provides has dramatically changed the care of pregnant women at UTMB. 

He is known nationally as a pioneer in critical care obstetrics. He is currently one of the main editors for the most read textbook in obstetrical critical care, Critical Care Obstetrics, 6th edition. His publications have contributed significantly to the education of maternal fetal medicine doctors and general obstetricians regarding medical complications during pregnancy. He has written a textbook addressing medical diseases in pregnancy and has directed courses around the United States in similar topics. Dr. Pacheco has written expert opinion papers for the Society for Maternal fetal Medicine in topics such as amniotic fluid embolism.  

Dr. Pacheco is actively involved in teaching at UTMB and has received numerous teaching awards for Excellence in Medical School Teaching. He is a Journal Reviewer for the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology; American Journal of Perinatology; Repertory Care Journal; Anesthesia & Analgesia and the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is also a Reviewer for Obstetrics, Maternal Fetal Medicine and Obstetrical Critical Care for Oak stone Medical Publishing Continuous Medical Education Program.

Rusty Rodriguez, MD

Sessions: The Cyanotic Patient 

Dr. Rusty Rodriguez is an Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiologist at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He is an Associate Professor in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, and is board certified in pediatrics, internal medicine, pediatric cardiology and adult congenital heart disease.   Dr. Rodriguez has clinical, teaching, and research experience in adult congenital heart disease and has numerous publications related to congenital cardiology. 

Melissa Russo, MD

Session: Aortopathy & Pregnancy 

Melissa L. Russo is a specialist in maternal-fetal medicine and clinical genetics.  She currently works at Women and Infants Hospital, an affiliate of Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.  She pursued her residency in obstetrics and gynecology and fellowship training in maternal fetal medicine and clinical genetics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.  Her current research, funded by the Marfan Foundation, is centered on pregnant women with connective tissue disorders and aortic disease including Marfan, Loeys-Dietz and vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndromes. This research is focused on the effects of pregnancy on the risk for aortic dissection, determining the risk factors for aortic dissection in pregnancy, and better characterizing obstetrical and cardiovascular outcomes for the mom and fetus during pregnancy. Her leadership roles include serving on the Quality of Life Expert Panel and Professional Advisory Board for the Marfan Foundation, member of the ACOG Clinical Consensus for Obstetrics and membership of numerous research consortiums surrounding her field of interest.

Bradley Scherer, MD

Session: Complex ACHD: Fontan, dTGA, ccTGA, DORV 

Dr. Brad Scherer is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas.  He is board certified in pediatric critical care and completed an instructorship in pediatric cardiac critical care.  Dr. Scherer has a clinical interest in both children and adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD). He is an attending physician in both the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit as well as the ACHD inpatient unit at Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Scherer’s academic interest is focused on developing both lecture-based and hands-on curricula for providers of every level in the cardiac ICU.

Katherine B. Salciccioli, MD

Dr. Katie Salciccioli is an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX specializing in adult congenital and pediatric cardiology.  After graduating from University of Michigan Medical School, she completed combined internal medicine-pediatrics residency and pediatric cardiology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine followed by adult congenital heart disease fellowship at University of Michigan and is board certified in pediatrics, internal medicine, pediatric cardiology, and adult congenital heart disease.

Dr. Salciccioli’s research has focused on access to care issues for patients with congenital heart disease, particularly in adults and transition-aged adolescents and young adults.  Additional clinical interests include exercise testing and training in patients with congenital heart disease, aortopathy, and transition education.  She teaches medical students, residents, and fellows about congenital heart care across the lifespan and is excited to be back in Houston as faculty at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Hazem Shahin, MD

Session: Mental Health Issues in ACHD 

I received my medical degree from the faculty of medicine, Cairo university, in Cairo Egypt. I practiced general medicine before immigrating to the United States. I joined Baylor College of Medicine as a researcher in the field of neurotrauma and had particular interest in the relationship between alcohol and traumatic brain injury. This experience guided me to the field of addiction psychiatry, so I joined Baylor College of Medicine psychiatry residency program. As a PGY4 I served as a co-chief resident and received the Residency Training Program’s 2020 Resident Research Award. This was followed by addiction psychiatry fellowship at BCM. My clinical interests and research areas include; PTSD, the effects of Traumatic brain injury on mood disorders, the relationship between Gut microbiome and stress related psychopathology, neurological sequalae of ECT, and the effects of chronic opiates use on the endocrine system.

Amir Shamshirsaz, MD

Sessions: The Critically Ill Pregnant Patient 

Amir Shamshirsaz MD is board certified obstetrician and gynecologist, Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Surgical Critical Care specialist. Also certified in “Special Competence in Critical Care Echo” exam. 

He did his medical school in National University in Tehran, Iran. He did his residency at George Washington University, DC.  He, then, attended Baylor College of Medicine where he completed both maternal fetal medicine and surgical critical care fellowship. He is an assistant professor in both maternal fetal medicine and critical care medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He is “Co-director of maternal critical care at Texas Children’s Hospital/Pavillion for Women”. 

His main interest is critical care, Point of Care ultrasound, Placenta accreta spectrum and cardiac disease in pregnancy. He is currently on the Expert Panel for Obstetric Life Support (OBLS): Development of a Simulation-based Maternal Cardiac Arrest Program for Credentialing Specialists and First Responders.

Muhammad Asim Siddique, MD

Dr. Muhammad Asim Siddique is an Assistant Professor of Pulmonary, Critical care and Sleep medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Siddique received his Medical Degree from King Edward Medical College Pakistan. He completed a residency in Internal medicine and a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Siddique Currently serves as Chief of Clinical operations for the Section of Pulmonary, Critical care, and Sleep Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and Director of Intensive care unit at BSLMC /TCH PFW. He has been dedicated to improving care for critically ill patients.

M. Rizwan Sohail, MD

Dr. Sohail is currently a Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Medical Director of Faculty Group Practice at Baylor Medicine, and Chief of Adult Infectious Diseases at Texas Children's Hospital . He graduated from The Aga Khan University in Pakistan and then pursued Internal Medicine residency at University of Illinois at Chicago-Michael Reese Medical Center, followed by Infectious Diseases fellowship at Mayo Clinic. His research interest is in cardiovascular infections, including cardiovascular implantable electronic device infections, infective endocarditis, ventricular assist device infections, and vascular graft infections. He has published over 180 original peer-reviewed articles in major medical journals. These papers address important clinical questions related to the epidemiology, risk factors, clinical presentation, diagnosis, management, complications, outcomes and cost associated with cardiovascular infections. In addition, he has authored 29 book chapters on endocarditis and device infections.

Being an expert in the field of cardiovascular infections, Dr Sohail has been an invited speaker at the meetings of the Heart Rhythm Society, the American Heart Association, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, and the European Society of Cardiology, among others. In addition, he is a Visiting Professor at The Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan.

He is currently a member of the Council of Clinical Cardiology, Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research, and Rheumatic Fever, Endocarditis and Kawasaki Disease Committee of the Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young for the American Heart Association.

Patrick S. Ramsey, MD, MSPH

Dr. Ramsey serves as the Chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Director of our Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship training program. He also serves as the Director for the “Stork One” Maternal Transport program, Co-Director for the University Hospital/UT Center for Placenta Accreta Spectrum Disorders, and Maternal Medical Director for the University Hospital Level IV Maternal Center.

Dr. Ramsey completed his medical school training at the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Medicine in 1994 and residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, MN in 1998.  He completed a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2001. He also received a Master of Science in Public Health with emphasis in Epidemiology/International Health in 2003.

He currently served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies (TCHMB), Chair of the Texas Perinatal Advisory Council, Chair of the Texas Medical Association Committee on Reproductive, Women’s and Perinatal Committee,  and member of the Texas Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Task Committee.

As an active researcher and educator, he has received numerous awards and accolades. His research interests are clinical trials, prevention of preterm birth, labor management, infectious diseases, prevention of maternal morbidity/mortality, and management of medical/surgical complications of pregnancy.

Fred Wu, MD

Sessions: Non Cardiac Issues in the Adult Fontan Patient

Fred Wu is co-director of the Fontan clinic at Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Wu received his MD from the University of Michigan. He completed residency in internal medicine and pediatrics and a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the University of Minnesota Medical Center and an advanced fellowship in adult congenital heart disease at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Wu sits on the Medical Advisory Board for the Adult Congenital Heart Association and the Adult Congenital & Pediatric Cardiology Leadership Council for the American College of Cardiology and serves as Chief Engagement Officer for the International Society for Adult Congenital Heart Disease. His research on innovative approaches to single ventricle care is supported by a grant from the Additional Ventures Single Ventricle Research Fund.


Physician: $100.00 | All Other Participants (Including Residents/Fellows/etc.): $50.00


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Texas Children’s Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

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