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Center for Congenital & Structural Heart Disease

The Center for Congenital and Structural 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 Congenital and Structural 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.


After receiving his medical degree from Baghdad Univer­sity, Dr. Abdulla completed 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.

Following his fellowship, Dr. Abdulla came to Rush as an assistant attending and assistant professor of pediatrics. During this time at Rush, he was promoted to senior attending and associate professor. 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: Board certified in pediatrics and pediatric Cardiology. 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. Dr. Awad is an Assistant Professor in pediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynecology and she is the director of the Fetal Cardiology Program at Rush University Medical Center. 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.


Dr. David G Ruschhaupt is an experienced, board certified,  clinical pediatric cardiologist who has a large practice in the South Suburban area of Chicago and Northwest  Indiana.  He practices general pediatric cardiology and has special interests in cardiac arrhythmias, echocardiography as it relates to newborns and older children with congenital heart disease and is interested in adults with congenital heart issues. 


  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatrics
Board Certification:
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatrics
Medical  Education: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Residency: University of Chicago Medical Center - Pediatrics
Fellowship: Children's Memorial Hospital - Pediatric Cardiology
  Children's Hospital Boston - Pediatric Cardiology
Clinical Expertise:
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Electrophysiology for congenital heart disease
  • Heart failure, pediatric
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Supraventricular tachycardia
  • Syncope (fainting)
  • 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, children and adults. The center provides state-of-the-art care for congenital heart defects in children and adults, 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 adults 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.
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Rush Center for Congenital and Structural Heart Disease
1625 W Harrison Street
Kellogg Building
Suite 708
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-942-6800
Fax: 312-942-6801
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2800 w 95th Street
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5145 N California
Chicago, IL 60625
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2900N Lake Shore Drive
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Phone: 312-942-6800
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1725 W. Harrison St.
Professional Building I
Suite 1159
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-942-6800
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