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Pericarditis Treatments
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Allan Klein, MD

  • Director, Center for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pericardial Diseases

Christine Jellis, MD, PhD

  • Cardiologist
  • Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine

The pericardium is a thin, two-layered, fluid-filled sac that covers the outer surface of the heart. It shields the heart from infection or malignancy and contains the heart in the chest wall. It also prevents the heart from over-expanding when blood volume increases, which keeps the heart functioning efficiently. Take this opportunity to have your questions on Pericarditis answered by Director of the Center for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pericardial Diseases Allan Klein, MD, and Christine Jellis, MD, PhD.

Pericarditis is an inflammation of the pericardium, which is a thin, two-layered, fluid-filled sac that covers the outer surface of the heart Pericarditis develops suddenly and may last up to several months. Sometimes excess fluid develops in the space between the pericardial layers and causes a pericardial effusion, a potentially life threatening condition.

Cleveland Clinic Center for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pericardial Diseases is a multidisciplinary specialty treatment group dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of pericardial diseases—whether it is acute (develops suddenly), chronic (persistent) or recurrent (comes back). Pericardial disease includes a group of conditions that affect the pericardium, the double layered sac that surrounds the heart.

Allan Klein, MD, is the Director of Cardiovascular Imaging Research, Director of the Center for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pericardial Diseases, and a staff cardiologist in the Section of Cardiovascular Imaging, the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. He is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine. His specialty interests include cardiovascular imaging (echocardiography, cardiac MR and computed tomography); pericardial diseases; restrictive cardiomyopathies; valvular heart disease; atrial fibrillation; and diastolic heart failure.

A Canadian by birth, Dr. Klein speaks fluent French and English. He received his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec after completing an undergraduate degree in microbiology and immunology, graduating with honors. While in medical school, he received several scholarships and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class. Dr. Klein completed his clinical training at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. He completed a Cardiology Residency from the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and a Research Fellowship from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He was appointed to Cleveland Clinic in 1989.

Christine Jellis, MD, PhD, is a specialist in heart imaging in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. She sees patients at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus.

Her specialty interests include Cardiovascular disease during pregnancy, valvular heart disease, metabolic heart disease associated with diabetes and obesity, cardiac sarcoidosis, cardio-oncology, radiation associated heart disease, cardiomyopathy, diastolic dysfunction, right heart dysfunction, endocarditis and cardiovascular imaging.

A native of Australia, Dr. Jellis earned her medical degree from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She undertook her internship, residency and two years of her cardiology fellowship at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, followed by a third year of specialty fellowship training focusing on cardiac imaging at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland. She subsequently completed a doctorate in cardiac imaging at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland. From 2013 to 2015, Dr. Jellis was a fellow in advanced cardiac imaging at Cleveland Clinic and joined the Heart & Vascular Institute staff in July 2015.

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