Division Highlights - Cardiology

The Division of Pediatric Cardiology and the Congenital Heart Program of the American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) provide 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.

2017 Highlights

  • In 2017, U.S. News and World Report ranked American Family Children’s Hospital among the top 50 children’s hospitals for cardiology and heart surgery.

  • The Adult Congenital Heart Program, led by Heather Bartlett, MD, underwent review and site visit for pending accreditation by the Adult Congenital Heart Association.

  • Ann Dodge, APNP, served as the chair of the American Heart Association Wisconsin Advocacy Committee. She helped to ensure that all 911 dispatchers can provide CPR guidance to callers, and that training was provided for all high school students in hands-only CPR.

  • The first multidisciplinary pediatric pulmonary hypertension clinic at American Family Children’s Hospital was launched by Luke Lamers, MD, and Vivek Balasubramaniam, MD.

  • Kathleen Maginot, MD, was recognized with the department’s Charles C. Lobeck Medical Education Award for Outstanding Teaching in Pediatrics.

  • Division Chief J. Carter Ralphe, MD, received a 2017 UW Health Regional Services Physician Excellence Award. Dr. Ralphe supported the growth of the regional clinical sites throughout Wisconsin and Illinois and has grown the division from six to 12 faculty.




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