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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.
 
Our faculty members are leaders in clinical care, teaching and research.   Ziyad Hijazi, MD, MPH, who leads the interventional team (Clifford Kavinsky, MD and Damien Kenny, MD) has an international reputation for innovation and research in the field. Dr Hijazi and his interventional team have set the standards of care in this field for the past several years. They continually explore, through research and academic endeavors, new and better ways to help patients with congenital and structural heart disease through nonsurgical procedures.
 
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.

MEET OUR TEAM

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 El-Zein is a cardiac surgeon with experience in pediatric and neonatal cardiac cases.  His expertise is congenital and complex cardiac cases in children.​

Dr. Ziyad M. Hijazi is an interventional cardiologist who specializes in treating congenital and structural heart disease in both children and adults.  His major area of interest and expertise is in the development of techniques and catheters/devices to help treat or cure congenital and structural cardiac disease without open-heart surgery.  He has more than 280 published articles, 6 books and 50 book chapters.  Dr. Hijazi’s annual Pediatric and Adult Interventional Cardiac Symposium (PICS-AICS) is a four day conference which brings together a select international faculty who provide demonstrations, live operations and the latest research breakthroughs in interventional cardiology for congenital heart disease.  This symposium attracts more than 750 interventional cardiologists from more than 60 countries around the world.  Currently, Dr. Hijazi is involved in evaluating percutaneous valve implantation (without surgery) for patients with abnormalities of their pulmonary valves and senile aortic valves.  Dr. Hijazi was the 31st president of the SCAI from 2008-2009.

Dr Ilbawi is the Director of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Rush.  He has been involved with surgical treatment of congenital heart disease for several years and has extensive experience in the field.  He is board certified in congenital heart surgery and is a member of many professional societies.  His field of expertise is neonatal and complex surgery.​

Dr. Clifford Kavinsky is Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Rush University Medical Center.  He is an expert on catheter-based therapies for heart and vascular disease, and is an internationally recognized leader in the use of novel treatments for adults with congenital and structural heart disease.  Dr. Kavinsky is a US News and World Report nationally ranked “Top Doctor” in Interventional Cardiology.

 
Dr. Kavinsky has published broadly in the area of structural heart disease, and serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Structural Heart Disease.  He conducts clinical trials on innovative procedures such as percutaneous aortic valve replacement (TAVR), mitral valve repair and PFO closure to prevent stroke.  As Director of the Rush Cardiovascular Pre-Clinical Laboratory, he established a fully equipped large animal catheterization laboratory for evaluating new devices.  Through his leadership, this laboratory sponsors well- received physician training courses on advanced interventional techniques. 

 

Damien Kenny MB, MD, was born in Dublin, Ireland. He graduated with an honors degree from University College, Dublin and following Internship spent 1 year working in Mongolia and Vietnam as medical director of a small Irish charity. He spent two years researching his doctorate in pathophysiology of hypertension in coarctation of the aorta at the University of Bristol, UK.  He completed his senior fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at the Rush Center for Congenital and Structural Heart Disease. He is currently Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Hybrid Suite at Rush. To date he has published over 50 peer reviewed articles. 

Dr Kenny believes that congenital heart disease should not prevent any individual from reaching their true potential. Through application of cutting edge research he is committed to bringing the most relevant and appropriate treatment options to his patients (particularly keyhole alternatives to heart surgery) with both conviction and compassion.

 

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. 

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

 

Specialty:
  • 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

 

Services

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.
 
Services include the following: 

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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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