Contemporary Research and Oral Abstracts

The 10 Most Important ACHD Research Publications in the Past 2 Years
Presented by Gary Webb, MD

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Gary D. Webb, M.D. is a Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and, until May 2016, the Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Heart Institute. After receiving a BSC and MDCM from McGill University in Montréal Québec, he went on to intern at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montréal, and then to training in internal medicine and cardiology at the University of Toronto. After 8 years as chief of cardiology at the Wellesley Hospital in Toronto, he moved back to Toronto General Hospital. Beginning in 1980, he was codirector and then director of the Toronto Congenital Cardiac Center for Adults. For several years, he directed the adult cardiology training program at the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in both internal medicine and cardiology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and a life member of the European Society of Cardiology. In 2004, he relocated to Philadelphia, serving as director of the Philadelphia Adult Congenital Heart Center at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2009, he took up his position at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.


Vascular Abnormalities in the Fontan Circulation:  Histomorphometric Changes in the Central Arteries and Veins      
Presented by Brandon Hayes MD
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Dr. Hays is a practicing pediatric cardiologist with Pediatric Cardiology Associates of Houston. He completed medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons followed by training in Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and a fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where he was the Chief Fellow from 2015-2016.  His research focus during fellowship focused on the Fontan circulation, a palliation of single ventricle heart disease as well as exercise physiology and the pulmonary circulation. Dr. Hays’ research was recently selected as the winner of the American Academy of Pediatrics Young Investigator Award for Fellows-in-training.

Contraceptive Practices of Women with Complex Congenital         

Presented by  Pamela D. Miner, RN, MN, NP
Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center

pamela-miner1Pamela Miner has been a nurse practitioner for the Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center since 1991.  She was on the writing committee for the 2008 ACC/AHA Guidelines for Management of Adults with Congenital Heart Disease, and was one of the founding members of the Adult Congenital Cardiac Care Associates Research Network (an international multi-center ACHD research group for non-physicians).  She has been a medical advisory board member for the Adult Congenital Heart Association since its inception.  She has lectured to both nursing and physician audiences across the U.S. and internationally.   Her areas of clinical interest are in long-term clinical outcomes in postoperative complex congenital heart disease, in management of cyanotic congenital heart disease, and in the aging patient with CHD.  Her current research focuses on Contraceptive Practices in Women with Congenital Heart Disease.


Heart Disease: A Multi-Center North American Experience Hepatocellular Carcinoma after the Fontan Operation: A Multicenter Case Series.     
Joseph Poterucha, MD


Performance of Guideline Indications for ICD Implantation in Adults with Congenital Heart Disease.
Jim Vehmeijer, MD

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