Division Highlights - Cardiology

The Division of Pediatric Cardiology and the Heart Program of the American Family Children’s Hospital provides outstanding comprehensive care to children with congenital or acquired heart disease throughout Wisconsin and the region.

Clinical specialties include diagnosis and management of pediatric and adult congenital heart disease diagnosis and management, including care of fetuses and newborns with complex structural heart problems; noninvasive cardiac imaging; interventional catheterization; inherited arrhythmias and interventional electrophysiology; exercise physiology; and preventive cardiology.

National Institutes of Health-funded research investigates the biology of inherited cardiomyopathies and the response of the immature heart to physiologic stress, and the use of newborn screening to identify congenital heart defects.

2015 Highlights

  • As part of UW Health's strengthening of regional partnerships in 2015, division faculty began providing pediatric cardiology services to six Greater Milwaukee sites, and finalized plans to offer similar services in Green Bay and Oshkosh. Due to increasing regional referrals, we also expanded fetal cardiology services at AFCH and saw a 25 percent increase in fetal echocardiograms at Meriter Hospital.
  • The American Family Children's Hospital Pediatric Cardiology clinic received three UW Health Patient Experience (Avatar) Awards in 2015: one for clear communication, one for best practice and one for most improved best practice.
  • J. Carter Ralphe, MD, was named president of the Madison Board of Directors of the American Heart Association (AHA) in July 2015. He also serves on the AHA Madison Advocacy Board and received its 2015 Volunteer Impact Award. In addition, he received the department’s 2015 Gerard B. Odell Research Award.

    Finally, thanks to a generous gift from Ellen and Arnold Wald and the Morgridge match, Dr. Ralphe was awarded the Ellen and Arnold Wald Professorship in Pediatric Research in 2015.
  • The division welcomed John Hambrook, MD, who provides pediatric cardiology services in regional partner clinics in Greater Milwaukee.
  • The Wisconsin Department of Health Services awarded the Wisconsin SHINE (Screening Hearts in Newborns) Project, led by John Hokanson, MD, a contract to support universal Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) screening for all neonates prior to discharge.
  • Kathleen Maginot, MD, received the department's Todd Varness Education Award and a UW Health Physician Excellence Award (Regional Services).
  • The Foundation of the National Lipid Association (NLA) awarded its Hunninghake FH Abstract Award to resident Hilary Stempel, MD; nurse practitioners Ann Dodge, MS, RN, CPNP, and Erin Marriott, MS, RN, CPNP; and pediatric cardiologist Amy Peterson, MD. The award recognizes the best abstract submitted in the area of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) research. The group’s abstract was entitled, "Universal vs Selective Pediatric Lipid Screening in the Diagnosis of Familial Hypercholesterolemia."
  • Under the direction of Nick Von Bergen, MD, we continued to expand our pediatric electrophysiology (EP) program, nearly doubling the number of EP procedures over the last year.


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