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The Division of Cardiology provides comprehensive patient care related to cardiovascular diseases in neonates, children, adolescents and adults with congenital and acquired heart disease. The faculty also provide medical student and resident teaching, and participate in clinical and translational research. Fetal cardiology services are provided with support from Neonatology, Perinatology and Cardiovascular Surgery.
Outpatient care encompasses initial evaluation and follow-up in the Dorothy and Larry Dallas Heart Center at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, with clinics being held on a daily basis. In addition, numerous outreach clinics provide services to other areas in central and eastern Missouri as well as southern Illinois, providing pediatric cardiology support to those areas that are without local expertise. Procedures performed in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory include diagnostic catheterizations as well as the complete spectrum of interventional and therapeutic procedures, including balloon valvuloplasty, vascular stenting, and device closure of anatomic defects. Outpatient pacemaker and electrophysiology services are provided, as well as inpatient electrophysiologic evaluation and catheter ablation therapy of arrhythmias. Inpatient services include management of patients admitted with congenital and acquired cardiac conditions, cardiac consultation, and post-operative management of congenital heart disease. The Cardiac Transplantation Service evaluates patients for transplantation and manages these patients before and after transplant. Specialized clinics caring for patients with lipid disorders and adults with congenital heart disease exist. Fetal echocardiography services are provided through the Dallas Heart Center and in collaboration with the Cardinal Glennon Fetal Care Institute.
Clinical and Research Interests
Dr. Kenneth Schowengerdt serves as the Division Director of Pediatric Cardiology. His clinical responsibilities include inpatient and outpatient cardiology, and participation in non-invasive imaging. Dr. Schowengerdt is also the Medical Director of the Pediatric Heart Transplant Program. His research interests include: Diagnosis and management of cardiomyopathy and heart failure; clinical cardiac transplantation; study of non-invasive methods of rejection surveillance; and investigation of immunologic mechanisms contributing to transplant vasculopathy. Dr. Schowengerdt is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and a member of the American Pediatric Society and Society for Pediatric Research.
Dr. Saadeh Jureidini is the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. His clinical and research interests include: Interventional therapies and device placement; assessment of coronary artery flow dynamics by Doppler echocardiography and abnormal variations seen in congenital and acquired heart disease; efficacy of thrombolytic therapy for thrombosis of the heart and great vessels; and assessment of pulmonary hypertension.
Dr. Renuka Peterson is the Director of Non-Invasive Imaging. She specializes in non-invasive cardiology to include echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography, and fetal cardiology. Dr. Peterson's research interests include fetal echocardiographic assessment of infants with congenital heart disease.
Dr. Babak Rahimi is the divisional coordinator of outpatient services. He also participates in the non-invasive imaging lab to include echocardiography and transesophageal echocardiography. Dr. Rahimi's current research interest includes the identification and echocardiographic assessment of congenital coronary artery abnormalities.
Dr. Jamie Sutherell maintains clinical responsibilities within the outpatient cardiology clinic and noninvasive imaging lab. His primary clinical interest is echocardiography, especially transesophageal echocardiography. Dr. Sutherell's specific teaching interest is curriculum development and evaluation, and he is completing a Masters in Education (MEd) through the University of Cincinnati School of Education. He serves as the Associate Director of Pediatric Education for the medical school and is a member of the clinical Simulation Education Team (SET).
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