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Pediatric Specialty Updates

March 2017

Pediatric heart specialists join M Health team

Pediatric cardiologist Nathan J. Rodgers, MD, MHA, joins pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon Syed Murfad Peer, MD, and pediatric critical care specialist Brian F. Joy, MD, as the latest members of University of Minnesota Health’s pediatric Heart Center. Rodgers’ clinical and research interests include the medical management of heart failure, mechanical circulatory support, and pulmonary hypertension. Rodgers completed a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at University of Minnesota and advanced training in heart failure and transplant at Texas Children’s Hospital. Peer’s surgical focus includes pediatric congenital cardiac surgery, ventricular assist devices (VAD), and heart transplant. He completed fellowships in congenital cardiac surgery at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, and in cardiac surgery, VAD, and heart transplant at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, University of Michigan. Joy serves as the medical director of Cardiovascular ICU at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. He completed fellowships in pediatric cardiology and in pediatric critical care medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Study to track long-term impact of CV risk factors

A new study seeks to determine the relationship between levels of cardiovascular (CV) risk factors identified in childhood and CV disease morbidity and mortality in adulthood. Researchers on the National Institutes of Health-funded study, “Childhood CV Risk and Adult CVD Outcomes: an International Long-Term Follow-up,” will pool CV risk factor data on participants from 7 major U.S. and international studies begun in the 1970s and 1980s and attempt to locate participants to collect follow-up data. University of Minnesota Health physician Julia Steinberger, MD, MS, serves as a study site principal investigator.

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— Matthew Ambrose, MD (left) and Gurumurthy Hiremath, MD, MBBS, FACC (right)

Pediatric cardiologists recognized

University of Minnesota Health pediatric cardiologists Matthew Ambrose, MD, and Gurumurthy Hiremath, MD, MBBS, FACC, have been named “rising stars” in Mpls. St. Paul Magazine’s 2016 issue Top Doctors: Rising Stars. The annual guide reflects the results of a survey and nomination and evaluation by physician peers. The list covers 44 specialties and includes Twin Cities-area physicians who have been practicing for 10 or fewer years.

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