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Pediatric Specialty Updates

March 2016

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— Anthony Azakie, MD

New co-director takes helm of pediatric Heart Center

Anthony Azakie, MD, joins the Heart Center at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital as the new senior cardiac surgeon and co-director. Dr. Azakie specializes in complex surgery for cardiac lesions affecting neonates, children, and adults. In concert with the entire Heart Center team, Dr. Azakie will focus on off-pump and minimally invasive treatment of congenital heart disease, heart transplantation, innovative approaches to pulmonary venous diseases, ventricular rehabilitation for borderline ventricles, mechanical circulatory support, valve repair and management of complex single ventricles. An experienced educator, researcher and scholar, Dr. Azakie has been involved in multi-institutional trials. He has directed or supported National Institutes of Health-funded projects and grants and has published more than 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Dr. Azakie comes to University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital from Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Before this post, he spent 10 years at University of California, San Francisco (UCSC) as a professor and chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He completed his general surgery education at UCSF and his adult and congenital cardiothoracic surgery training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Pediatric cardiologists join Heart Center team

The Heart Center at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital welcomes 3 new pediatric cardiologists: Matthew B. Ambrose, MD; Gurumurthy Hiremath, MD; and Aura Sanchez Mejia, MD. Dr. Ambrose completed his pediatric cardiology fellowship at Washington University, St. Louis. Dr. Hiremath’s clinical interests include transcatheter percutaneous treatment of congenital heart defects and interventions in adults with congenital heart disease. Dr. Sanchez Mejia’s clinical interests are general pediatric cardiology and cardiac imaging, including fetal echocardiography and transesophageal echocardiogram. The physicians are now seeing patients in the Heart Center at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. For more information or to refer a patient, call 612-365-6777.

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