Division Highlights - Cardiology

The Division of Pediatric Cardiology and the Congenital Heart Program of the American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) provides outstanding comprehensive care to children and adults with congenital disease throughout Wisconsin and the region.

Clinical specialties include diagnosis and management of pediatric and adult congenital heart disease, 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. The division partners with pediatric cardiothoracic surgery and critical care services to provide complete surgical care for complex congenital heart disease.

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

2016 Highlights

  • The AFCH Pediatric Heart Program continued to expand. From FY15 to FY16, the number of new patients in our adult congenital heart disease program increased by 22%, and the number of new patients in our pediatric preventive cardiology clinic more than doubled.  Our cardiologists and advanced practice providers now see patients at outreach sites in 16 Wisconsin locations.

  • A study conducted by Luke Lamers, MD and John Hokanson, MD, demonstrates a significant reduction in radiation exposure to young patients undergoing cardiac procedures in the AFCH Hybrid Catheterization Laboratory, thanks to its state-of-the-art advanced imaging equipment.

  • Amy Peterson, MD, received a two-year, $100,000 Opportunity Grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program Partnership Education and Research Committee for her project, "Improved Diagnosis of Familial Hypercholesterolemia in Children and Families through the Wisconsin Pediatric Lipid Consortium (WPLC)."

  • Dan Smelter, a predoctoral student in the lab of J. Carter Ralphe, MD, received a three-year, $91,677 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) from the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to support his research project, "The Role of the C3 Domain of Myosin Binding Protein-C in the Pathogenesis of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy."



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