My clinical research interest are in pediatric and congenital cardiology. For 10 years, I served as the clinical director of the Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
I am currently the director of the Clinical, Imaging and Outcomes Unit of the Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS).
The program's ultimate goal is to launch clinical trials in cell-based therapy for ventricular dysfunction in HLHS and other serious cardiac diseases.
The Clinical, Imaging and Outcomes Unit focuses on defining the determinants of long-term outcome in HLHS and developing novel methods for assessing right ventricular performance in patients with complex congenital cardiac malformations.
My background is in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology, but I also have a strong interest in adults with congenital heart disease as well.
My primary research focus is on the use of echocardiography (ultrasound) in the evaluation and management of children with cardiac disorders of all types.
Our echocardiographic laboratory has established programs evaluating the relationships between cardiac anatomy, function and clinical outcome, diastolic cardiac performance in children, telemedical transmission systems and their application in pediatric echocardiography/cardiology, the intraoperative use of echocardiography, and new technology in echocardiography (intracardiac, multidimensional and parametric systems).
Our integrated practice allows for many interdisciplinary research opportunities. The congenital echocardiographic lab has close ties to our molecular genetic, MRI/CT imaging, and interventional catheterization programs. These interconnections allow a multitude of collaborative studies - usually focused on patient management strategies and outcome assessments.