Guns Blazing: Wild West Debates of ACHD Controversies

Primary Prevention ICD in a Systemic RV with EF<30%?    YES: The Electric Safety Net!             
Karen Stout, MD
University of Washington, in Seattle, Washington

stout_karenDr. Karen Stout is a Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics (Cardiology) at the University of Washington, in Seattle, Washington.  She founded and directs the Adult Congenital Heart Disease program, which is a collaborative program between the University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital.  She participates in ACHD educational activities and is involved in ACHD focused organizational activities, including serving as the chair of the 2016 ACC/AHA Care of the Adult with Congenital Heart Disease Guidelines and as chair of the AHA Scientific Statement on Heart Failure in CHD.  She is on the Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology Council of the ACC, is past chair of the AHA committee on Adults with Congenital Heart Disease, on the ACHD Exam writing committee and the Cardiology Board of the ABIM, as well as significant involvement with the Adult Congenital Heart Association.  In her spare time she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, biking, travelling and hanging out with her family and friends (and dog!).

Primary Prevention ICD in a Systemic RV with EF<30%?    NO: Keep Calm and Carry On.           

Alexander (Sasha) Opotowsky, MD
opotowsky-sashaDr. Opotowsky is a staff member of the Boston Adult Congenital Heart (BACH) and Pulmonary Hypertension service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital, both in Boston. He completed medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons followed by training in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s, adult Cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania, and an additional fellowship in pulmonary vascular disease and adult congenital heart disease with the BACH group. His research focuses on congenital heart disease, exercise physiology, biomarkers and the pulmonary circulation.

A Congenital Heart Surgeon is Imperative to ACHD Care       
Ed Hickey, MD
Toronto General Hospital

Ed Hickey is a congenital heart surgeon at Sick Kids, Toronto, and is the program lead for ACHD surgery at Toronto General Hospital.  His roots are British, and he graduated from the University of Southampton in 1999.  Much of his cardiac surgical training was in the UK (Southampton and Guy’s, London), before completing a fellowship at Sick Kids 2010-2012.  He was the Kirklin-Ashburn fellow for the Congenital Heart surgeons’ society 2006-2008, during which he learnt the art and science of parametric time-related analysis under the tutelage of Dr Eugene Blackstone.  His academic interests include:  1) understanding congenital heart disease through time-related analyses, 2) the Human Factor and impact of error in high-stakes medicine and 3) improving neurologic outcomes for neonates with congenital heart disease.


A Congenital Heart Surgeon is Not as Essential as We Think         
Michael Landzberg, MD
Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital

landzberg-mikeDr. Michael Landzberg is founding Director of the Boston Adult Congenital Heart (BACH) and Pulmonary Hypertension Service of the Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, and Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Landzberg is a native New Yorker, a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science and Columbia College, where he met his future wife, Abby. Harvard Medical School was followed by Internal Medicine training and Chief Residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, and ultimately dual Adult and Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital,
under the guidance of James Lock. He currently remains an awarded teacher, mentor, and clinician scientist at both institutions.

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