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Center for Congenital & Structural Heart Disease

The Center for Congenital Heart Disease brings together world-renowned experts in the fields of pediatric and adult congenital and structural heart diseases. Our multidisciplinary team comprises pediatric and adult interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists and echocardiologists who collaborate with pediatric and congenital cardiovascular surgeons to handle even the most complex cases.

Using state-of-the-art imaging and advanced medical, surgical and interventional approaches, the center provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment in all subspecialty areas for the full spectrum of patients, from fetuses and neonates, to children and adults.
The Rush Center for Congenitalh Heart Diseases also leads through its educational efforts. Rush University Medical Center houses the editorial office of Pediatric Cardiology; the leading journal in the field, edited by Ra-id Abdulla, MD, who directs educational efforts and is section chief of pediatric cardiology.


Ra-id Al Abdulla, MD, is a professor of pediatric cardiology at Rush University Medical College. Dr. Abdulla received his medical degree from Baghdad Univer­sity, his internship in transitional medicine, and his residency in internal medicine at Medical City Hospital. Dr. Abdulla then worked as a research scientist in genetics at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and completed a residency in pediatrics at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. Dr. Abdulla went on to a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

 An active lecturer, Dr. Abdulla has published many peer-reviewed papers as well as editorials. His research interests include standards of care in the management of congenital heart disease and creative new approaches to education in cardiology. His Rush Pediatric Cardiovascular Services home page is one of the most popular pediatric cardiology hits on the Google search engine.


Sawsan M Awad, MD,  is an Assistant Professor in pediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynecology and she is the director of the Fetal Cardiology Program at Rush University Medical Center. She received her medical degree from Cairo University School of Medicine and her residency training at Cairo University Hospitals and University of Toledo, Ohio.  Dr. Awad completed her pediatric cardiology fellowship training at Cairo University Hospitals and University of Chicago, IL. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology.  Dr. Awad is interested in cardiac imaging. She has a special interest in fetal cardiology which includes diagnosis/treatment of fetuses with congenital heart diseases, fetal arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) and fetal heart block secondary to maternal Lupus. Dr. Awad has multiple publications in the field of fetal cardiology. She recently published an original article titled “Fetal Left and Right Ventricle Myocardial Performance Index: Defining Normal Values for the Second and Third Trimesters-Single Tertiary Center Experience”.

Karim Diab, MD, FAAP, FACC, FASE, is an associate professor of pediatrics and director of the pediatric echocardiography laboratory at the Rush Center for Congenital and Structural Heart disease at Rush University Medical Center.

Dr. Diab earned his medical degree from the American University of Beirut and completed his residency in Pediatrics at the State University of New York-Children's Hospital of Buffalo, New York and his fellowship training in Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Chicago, Comer Children’s Hospital. He is board certified in both General Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology. He is member and an elected fellow of several academic societies including the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography. Dr. Diab’s clinical practice focuses on non-invasive and invasive imaging in congenital heart disease. He has particular interest and focus on fetal cardiology and prenatal detection and evaluation of congenital heart disease.


Brie Ann Muller, MD, is an assistant professor at Rush University Medical College where she also went to medical school. Dr. Muller completed her residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and her fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. She is board certified in Pediatrics and has clinical expertise in congenital heart defects, echocardiography, fetal echocardiography, pediatric heart failure, and transesophageal echocardiography.

​Joshua Murphy, MD, is an assistant professor of pediatric cardiology at Rush Medical College. He completed medical school at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, his residency at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, and his fellowships at St. Louis Children's Hospital and Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Murphy is board certified in Pediatric Cardiology and has clinical expertise in aortic stenosis, arteriovenous malformations, atrial septal defect, bicuspid aortic valve, cardiac imaging, cardiomyopathy, congenital heart defects, embolization, heart disease in athletes, pediatric heart failure, hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT), patent ductus arteriosus, patent foramen ovale (PFO), percutaneous valve replacement and repair, and ventricular septal defect (VSD).

Hoang Nguyen is an assistant professor of pediatric cardiology at Rush Medical College. Dr. Nguyen obtained his MD from St. Louis University. He then trained in pediatrics, pediatric cardiology, and pediatric electrophysiology at St. Louis Children's Hospital. His research focuses on identifying genes associated with human congenital heart disease and applications of novel medical technologies in improving clinical practice. He is also interested in taking care of patients with inherited arrhythmia syndromes. He believes that a multidisciplinary approach that creates a strong partnership with patients and their families is best in helping young patients navigate these chronic illnesses

Dr Subramanian is a pediatric cardiac surgeon with interest and expertise in the management of congenital heart disease.​

Frank Zimmerman, MD, is a lecturer at Rush Medical College. Dr. Zimmerman completed medical school at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and his fellowships at Children's Hospital Boston and Children's Memorial Hospital. He is board certified in Pediatric Cardiology and has clinical expertise in arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, pediatric heart failure, radiofrequency ablation, syncope, tachycardia, and Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.


The center's services include all diagnosis and treatment for the full spectrum of patients with congenital and structural heart disease, including neonates and children. The center provides state-of-the-art care for congenital heart defects, including minimally invasive procedures for the following:

  • Atrial septal defects
  • Ventricular septal defects
  • Patent ductus arteriosus
  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Heart and pulmonary valve replacements
The center also treats patients suffering from structural conditions, such as leaky or narrowing heart valves. And, because many of the repairs can be done by threading catheters through blood vessels, many patients don't require major surgery, or even stitches.
Services include the following: 
  • Echocardiography
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Closing Heart Defects
  • Electrophysiology
  • Fetal cardiology
  • Hybrid Cardiac Suite
  • Research
  • Preclinical Catheterization Laboratory
  • Exercise Physiology Laboratory

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Rush Center for Congenital Heart Disease
1625 W Harrison Street
Kellogg Building
Suite 708
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-942-3034
Fax: 312-942-6801
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RCCSHD Pediatric Cardiology- Rush Copley Medical Center
2020 Ogden Ave
Suite 400
Aurora, IL 60504
Phone: (312) 942-3034
Fax: (312) 942- 4168
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RCCSHD Pediatric Cardiology
Presence St. Joseph Medical Center
2nd Floor
333 N Madison
Joliet, IL 60435
Phone: 312-942-3034
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RCCSHD Pediatric Cardiology
Ingalls Family Care Center
Suite 120
6501 W 159th Street
Tinley Park, IL 60477
Phone: 312-942-7496
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RCCSHD Pediatric Cardiology
Franciscan- St. Anthony Crown Point
1201 S Main Street
Crown Point, IN 46307
Phone: 312-942-3034
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RCCSHD Fetal Echocardiography
Swedish Covenant Hospital
5145 N California
Chicago, IL 60625
Phone: 312-942-3034
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RCCSHD Fetal Echocardiography
Presence St Joseph Hospital
2900N Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: 312-942-3034
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RCCSHD Fetal Echocardiography
Little Company of Mary Hospital
2800 w 95th Street
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
Phone: 708-229-5556
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