Who We Are: CHiP Journal Watch Editorial Board

The CHiP Network Journal Watch was founded by Dr. Gary Webb, MD, Editor-in-Chief along with Dr. Mehul Patel, MD as co Editor-in-Chief in December 2013.

  • Congenital Heart Journal Watch was designed to make it easier for congenital heart professionals to keep up with the literature in 6 subsections of congenital heart disease abstracts on a monthly basis: pediatric cardiology; congenital heart surgery; congenital heart interventions; congenital electrophysiology; fetal cardiology; and adult congenital heart disease.
  • The editors-in-chief work with the section editors who select and comment on articles they believe will have an impact on current practice and/or improve our understanding. These “featured articles” can be found in each section each month.
  • The mission is to advance medical knowledge from research to patient care and improve congenital heart healthcare quality and patient outcomes.
  • The material is free and available for practicing clinicians – physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, residents, students, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals. Together with the other educational features of the ACHD Learning Center, this is a one-stop shop to stay informed and current in the respective fields.

We encourage your continued support as well as your valuable comments and feedback.

 Ginnie  Abarbanell

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Dr. Abarbanell, MD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and a pediatric cardiologist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She completed medical school at the University of Washington and pediatric residency at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA. She finished her pediatric cardiology fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Prior to joining the faculty at Washington University in 2017, Dr. Abarbanell was a pediatric cardiologist in private practice in Indianapolis, IN and was then faculty with Sibley Cardiology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Abarbanell also works closely with Center of Disease (CDC) with the birth defects division regarding epidemiology of congenital heart disease and long term outcomes of children with congenital heart disease. Her clinical interests are echocardiography, fetal echocardiography and neurodevelopment within the context of congenital heart disease.



Konstantin Averin, MD, MS

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Konstantin Averin, MD, MS is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta and an Interventional Pediatric Cardiologist at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. He received his medical degree from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. After medical school, he completed pediatrics residency, pediatric cardiology fellowship and sub-specialty training in pediatric and adult interventional cardiology at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, OH. His clinical and research interests are focused on the percutaneous treatment of pediatric patients with congenital and acquired heart disease with a focus on patients with single ventricle physiology, transcatheter pulmonary valves, and pulmonary hypertension.


Philip Chang

Philip-Chang_Headshot (small)Dr. Philip Chang is Director of the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Electrophysiology Program at the University of Florida Congenital Heart Center and Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. Prior to joining the faculty at UF/Shands in 2017, Dr. Chang was on faculty at University of Southern California and the Keck School of Medicine where he served as Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Care Program and practiced both pediatric and adult electrophysiology.
Dr. Chang’s current clinical and research interests include complex ablation of arrhythmias in adult patients with congenital heart disease, novel techniques and technologies in cardiac implantable devices, cardiac resynchronization therapy in patients with congenital heart disease, complex lead extraction, and strategies for risk stratification of sudden death in patients with congenital heart disease. Dr. Chang is a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society and the American College of Cardiology and board certified in pediatric cardiology (ABP) and adult congenital heart disease (ABIM).


Leong Ming Chern

Leong Ming Chern Dr. Leong Ming Chern ” Leong” is an adult congenital heart disease specialist at the National Heart Institute, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He received his medical training at the University of Malaya and pediatric cardiology training at the National Heart Institute. His area of interest includes treatment of adult patients with congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension in congenital heart disease



 Blanche Cupido, MB ChB, FCP (SA), Cert.Cardio. (SA)

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Dr Blanche Cupido is a consultant adult cardiologist working at Groote Schuur Hospital, UCT Private Academic Hospital and the University of Cape Town(UCT), South Africa. She completed her physician training in 2009 and her cardiology subspecialist training in 2013. She recently returned to SA after doing a Fellowship in Adult Congenital Heart Disease in Leeds, United Kingdom with the aim of establishing a dedicated ACHD service at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa.

Jared Hershenson

Hershenson, JaredJared is a pediatric cardiologist in the greater Washington DC area, Maryland and northern Virginia since 2011 when he joined Child Cardiology Associates/Mednax Medical Group and INOVA Fairfax Children’s Hospital in Fairfax, VA as an attending pediatric cardiologist. He is director of the exercise physiology lab and sports cardiology for the practice, but also has expertise in general pediatric cardiology and fetal cardiology. He obtained his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis and completed his pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD and pediatric cardiology fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. He lives in Silver Spring, MD with his wife and 5 children. He is actively involved and on the board of directors for many local organizations and is a guest writer for the health and wellness section of a local newspaper. He is a member of the ACC, AHA and ASE.


Jeremy L Herrmann

jeremy-herrmannDr. Jeremy L. Herrmann is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Indiana University. He specializes in pediatric and adult congenital cardiac surgery, and his clinical interests also include heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support. His hospital affiliations include Indiana University Health Riley Hospital for Children and Methodist Hospital as well as Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.


Maan Jokhadar

jokhadar-maanMaan Jokhadar is a cardiologist and associate professor of medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, advanced heart failure/transplantation, adult congenital heart disease, and echocardiography. He is fellowship director for the Emory Adult Congenital Heart Disease training program and Core Curriculum Director for the Emory general cardiology fellowship program.
Dr. Jokhadar graduated from the University Damascus School of Medicine in Syria and then went to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for internal medicine residency. He then completed cardiology and subspecialty training at Emory University, where he currently on faculty. Dr. Jokhadar has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards. He is married with 3 children.


W. Aaron Kay

Kay_William_MD.16.CVaW. Aaron Kay, MD is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and is also board certified in Adult Cardiovascular Disease as well as Pediatric Cardiology.  He is board eligible in Adult Congenital Heart Disease. His clinical interests include comprehensive care of the adult patient with congenital heart disease, managing patients with complex acquired or congenital heart disease during pregnancy, echocardiography and cardiac MRI. He obtained his medical degree from Indiana Univeristy and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He then completed a dual fellowship in both Adult Cardiovascular Medicine and Pediatric Cardiology at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He joined the faculty of Indiana University as Program Director of Adult Congenital Heart Disease in 2013.

He lives in Zionsville, Indiana along with his wife and two sons.

His research interests include long-term follow up after the Mustard procedure, Fontan-associated liver disease, and cardiac genetics.

He is an active member of the Adult Congenital Heart Association, the International Society for Adults with Congenital Heart Disease, and the American College of Cardiology.


Shaji Menon

Shaji Menon Portrait 12.15.14Shaji Menon MD, FAAP, FASE is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Radiology in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at University of Utah. He received his medical degree (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery; MBBS) from Baroda Medical College, India in 1997. After completing medical school, he received his doctorate in pediatrics (MD) from Baroda Medical College, India in 2000. He worked as a senior resident doctor in pediatrics at All India Institute of Medical Sciences for 2 years. He completed his pediatric residency at New York School of Medicine (NYU) and Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. His clinical work is focused on care of children and fetuses with heart disease. His clinical areas of expertise and interests are: 1) Cardiovascular imaging including advanced imaging using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, 2) Fetal echocardiography and fetal cardiology 3) Single ventricle patients, 4) Cardiomyopathies, specifically hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and 5) Evaluation of ventricular function.


Tabitha Moe

Dr. Tabitha Moe, MD, FACC has joined Arizona Pediatric Cardiology to care for adult patients born with congenital heart disease. She specifically cares for adults with complex congenital heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, or who are pregnant with all forms of cardiovascular diseases.

She attended medical school at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, graduating in 2007. Then, completed Internal Medicine Residency also at the University of Missouri in Kansas City in 2010. Then, moved on to an Internal Medicine Chief Residency at University of Missouri in Kansas City. After completing Internal Medicine training she returned to Arizona for Cardiology Fellowship at Banner- Good Samaritan Medical Center.

She and her husband reside in Scottsdale, AZ with their two sons.

Her research interests include Transitional Care Models, Adult Complications of surgical palliations, including pulmonary hypertension, and Eisenmenger’s. There are clinical trials actively enrolling through Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

She is an active member in the Adult Congenital Heart Association, the International Society for Adults with Congenital Heart Disease, and the American College of Cardiology.


 Mehul Patel MD

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Dr. Mehul Patel MD,CCDS is an adult congenital heart disease specialist and an interventional cardiologist. Dr. Patel earned his undergraduate and medical education from the Mumbai University, India. After completing his post-graduate training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology, he further trained in clinical cardiac electrophysiology at the Michigan State University, interventional cardiology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, NYC, NY and Adult Congenital Heart Disease at the Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX where he continued to work as an Instructor. Dr. Patel is an Assistant Professor at the Michigan State University, Grand Rapids, MI. Dr. Patel’s clinical areas of expertise and interests are: 1) Transcatheter therapies for ACHD. 2) Complex device implantations.



Mike Seckeler, MD

Seckler, MikeDr. Seckeler is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology) at Banner University Medical Center – Tucson/University of Arizona with a special focus on Interventional Congenital Cardiology and joined the faculty in 2013. He has been the Medical Director of the Pediatric and Adults Congenital Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory since July 2016. Dr. Seckeler provides advanced invasive interventions for children and adults with congenital heart disease from all over Southern Arizona with particular interest in optimizing care for patients with single ventricle physiology.

Prior to coming to Tucson, Dr. Seckeler received his MD from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2003. He completed his Pediatrics residency at the University of Arizona in 2006. After finishing training, he practiced as a General Pediatrician for 3 years providing care for the underserved population in Saipan, a small Pacific island. After this, he completed his general Pediatric Cardiology fellowship at the University of Virginia in 2012, also earning a Master’s of Science in Clinical Research in 2011. He completed his training with an additional year of Interventional Congenital Cardiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2013.


Inga Voges

Voges IngaTrained in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology in Rostock (Germany) and Kiel (Germany) from 2002-2010 and did additional training in Adult Congenital Heart Disease in Kiel (Germany) which I finished in 2014. I specialized in Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CMR) and have a further special interest in cardiomyopathies. Currently, I am working as a consultant pediatric cardiologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London (United Kingdom) where I am responsible for the CMR imaging program in pediatric patients and contribute to the care of pediatric patients with acquired and congenital heart disease. I received my MD from the Medical University Luebeck in 2006 (Germany) and finished my “Habilitation” (PhD equivalent; University Hospital Kiel, Germany) in 2014. Since 2016, I am the secretary of the Association for European Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology Imaging Working Group.


Gary Webb

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Dr. Gary Webb is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati School Of Medicine and a consultant to the Cincinnati Adult Congenital Heart Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Webb was born in Montreal, and graduated from McGill University Medical School. He was the director of the Toronto Congenital Cardiac Centre for Adults from 1986-2004.  He was president of the Canadian Adult Congenital Heart Network from 1991-2005.  He was the founding president of the International Society for Adult Congenital Cardiac Disease.  He moved to the United States in 2004. He was at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia from 2004-2009. He is married, and has three children.


Wendy Whiteside

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Director of Interventional Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Michigan Congenital Heart Center, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.  She obtained her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2006 then completed pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Oakland in Oakland, CA in 2009.  She received both her categorical and interventional pediatric cardiology training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Her clinical and research interests include single ventricle physiology, transcatheter pulmonary valves, and quality improvement within the cardiac catheterization laboratory.