Councils - Pediatric Thoracic Tx and Heart Failure

Scientific Council on Pediatric Thoracic Transplantation and Heart Failure


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Friday, April 13, 2018, 7:15-8:15 AM
Room: Hermes
Location: Acropolis Congrčs Centre, Nice, France
ISHLT 38th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions


Pediatric Mechanical Circulatory Support (PDF)


Order your copies of the following monographs today:

Volume 2: Pediatric Heart Transplantation
Volume 7: Pediatric Lung Transplantation
Volume 8: ISHLT Guidelines for the Management of Pediatric Heart Failure

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Issues focusing on Pediatrics:

February 2017
November 2016
December 2015
July 2014
August 2015
June 2015: PEDS Council Year in Review
October 2014
July 2014
June 2014: Pediatric Council Report 2013-2014
March 2014
September 2013
May 2013: Pediatric Council Report 2012-2013
November 2012
April 2012

(Parentheses after name indicates year rotating off Board)

Brian Feingold, MD, MS (2021)
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pediatric Cardiology
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Dr. Feingold is Medical Director of the Pediatric Heart Failure and Transplantation Programs at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts. He then returned to Pittsburgh for pediatric cardiology fellowship training and advanced training in pediatric heart failure and transplantation. Dr. Feingold holds a master’s degree in clinical research from the University of Pittsburgh, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical and Translational Science.

Carol K. Conrad, MD (2023)
Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital
Palo Alto, California, USA

Carol Conrad has worked at LPCH/Stanford for 23+ years. She is the medical director of pediatric lung and heart-lung transplantation. The program began in 2004, and she learned the ropes from Dr. Norm Shumway and Dr. Bruce Reitz. The pediatric lung transplant program became an independent pediatric lung transplant center in 2009.

Through her various interests in lung inflammation and transplantation, her research interests involve the study of bronchiolitis obliterans/CLAD in lung transplant recipients, and her center participates in ongoing NIH- sponsored  multi-center clinical trials in lung transplantation.

Tajinder P. Singh, MD, MSc (2019)
Boston Children's Hospital
Boston, MA, USA

Dr. Singh is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School (Boston, US)  and a pediatric cardiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital in the Heart Failure/Transplant program. He is a clinical researcher and has published extensively on clinical outcomes in US children with advanced heart failure and after heart transplantation. His leadership roles in the ISHLT have included serving as a reviewer of submitted abstracts, on the pediatric education workforce (2008-12), as a member of the Program Committee for the scientific sessions (2013-14) and as the chair of the Pediatric council (2015-17). Outside of ISHLT, he has served as a member of the thoracic committee of the United Network of Organ Sharing, on American College of Cardiology Heart Failure and Transplantation section leadership council and as the chair of the publication subcommittee of the CTOT-C (clinical trials in organ transplantation in children).

Kevin Chan, MD (2018)
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Kevin M. Chan, MD, is Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of the Lung Transplant program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, USA. He has been involved with lung transplantation since his fellowship training at the University of California Los Angeles and has also been associate director or director of lung transplantation at the University of Southern California and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Dr. Chan’s primary research focus has been on post-transplant infections, improving patient outcomes and more recently, organ allocation policy development. He has been involved with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)/Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN) in various volunteer capacities over the years. Dr. Chan is the Fellowship Director for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Michigan and has been a previous Scientific Program Chair as well as a leader in other professional organizations. He brings his expertise in clinical lung transplantation, policy development, organizational understanding and medical education to the ISHLT.

Beth Kaufman, MD (2020)
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
San Francisco, CA, USA

Bio coming soon...
James D. St. Louis, MD (2018)
University of Missouri
Kansas City, MO, USA

Bio coming soon...

Steven Kindel, MD (2019)
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI, USA

Dr. Kindel is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and the Medical Director of Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.  He completed his pediatric residency at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, his pediatric cardiology fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital & Medical Center and a fellowship in Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation at The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. His clinical focus is on the care and management of children and adults with heart failure, cardiomyopathy, failed palliation of congenital heart disease both pre and post-transplant and his research interests include cardiac allograft vasculopathy in children, the evaluation and management of children with heart failure and cardiomyopathy, and the management of the failing adult congenital heart disease patient.

Kevin Daly, MD (2019)
Boston Children's Hospital
Boston, MA, USA

Kevin is a pediatric cardiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital specializing in Pediatric Heart Failure & Transplantation. He is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Kevin is the co-chair of the AST Trainee & Young Faculty Community of Practice and a member of the UNOS Region 1 Heart Review Board. Kevin is currently a Trial Co-Chair for the recently funded TEAMMATE trial which will be the first randomized controlled trial of maintenance immunosuppression in pediatric heart transplantation. The trial will use a validated a composite clinical endpoint to study the effects of a regimen including everolimus/low-dose tacrolimus with tacrolimus/mycophenolate mofetil.  In addition to clinical trials, Kevin’s research has focused on the development of biomarkers for cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV). He has demonstrated that VEGF-A can be used to stratify risk for development CAV in children after heart transplantation. Kevin has been highly involved in the development of biomarkers for CAV through the CTOT-05 and continues to be actively involved in the CTOT-C04, C09, and C10 trials which are studying the natural history of alloantibody after heart transplantation.

Ryan Butts, MD (2018)
UT Southwestern
Dallas, TX, USA

Dr. Butts is an Assistant Professor at University of Texas Southwestern/Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. He received his medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina, and completed his pediatrics residency in Houston at Texas Children's Hospital. He returned to South Carolina for his Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, where he was on faculty from 2011 until 2016.

Marc Schecter, MD (2020)
Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH, USA

Bio coming soon...

Martin Schweiger, MD
Children's Hospital Zurich

Martin Schweiger, MD, PD, FEBS (Transplantation), is a Consultant Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon, at Children`s Hospital Zurich. He completed his cardiothoracic residency in Graz, Austria and at the German Heart Center Berlin, Germany. He worked in the field of adult MCS and heart transplantation before specializing in pediatrics. His main clinical interests are pediatric mechanical circulatory support and transplantation. His research focus includes regenerative medicine and failing fontan models.


Claire A Irving, MBChB, MRCPCH, MD (2018)
Children's Hospital Westmead

Claire Irving is a pediatric cardiologist with responsibility for heart failure and transplantation for both Sydney Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Westmead as well as a senior conjoint lecturer at the University of Sydney. Prior to moving to Australia in 2015 she completed pediatric and pediatric cardiology training in the United Kingdom at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne as well as a senior clinical fellowship at Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh.

Ann Punnoose, MD (Non-voting mentee through 2018)
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, MI, USA

Ann Punnoose is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. Dr Punnoose completed her residency in pediatrics at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, New Hyde Park, NY and her pediatric cardiology fellowship at the Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC. She completed her senior fellowship in Pediatric Heart Failure & Transplant at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She is interested in pediatric heart failure, transplantation, mechanical circulatory support and medical journalism.

Angela Lorts, MD (2019)
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Cincinnati, OH, USA

Angela Lorts, MD is a pediatric critical care and heart failure/ transplant cardiologist and medical director of the mechanical assist device program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She completed her pediatric training at Denver Children’s hospital, Cardiology training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Critical Care fellowship at C.S. Mott/University of Michigan. She spent multiple years doing bench research in the field of cardiac and skeletal muscle fibrosis. Her main clinical interests are focused on improving outcomes of children and young adults that need mechanical support for end stage heart failure from myocardial failure or complex congenital heart disease. She recently co-chaired the 2016 ISHLT pediatric MCS academy and was a co-editor of the ISHLT monograph for pediatric MCS. She is currently co-leading a learning network to standardize/improve advanced cardiac therapy for children.

Jodie Lantz, CNS (2020)
Children's Health
Richardson, TX, USA

Jodie is a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Children’s Health Dallas, Texas. She began her work in the pediatric cardiac ICU, then after a few years of travel nursing, found herself back in Dallas and worked as the clinical educator for the cardiac ICU while she finished graduate school. She completed both her Bachelors in Nursing and Masters in Nursing at Texas Christian University, and shortly after graduation with her masters, became the VAD Clinical Nurse Specialist at Children’s Health Dallas. She helped develop the Pediatric Task Force within the International Consortium of Circulatory Assist Clinicians (ICCAC), and is now the current ICCAC President.
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