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Congenital Heart Disease in Adults and Children
Monday, April 2, 2018 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Gosta Pettersson, MD, PhD

  • Cardiologist

David Majdalany, MD

  • Cardiologist

Hani Najm, MD

  • Cardiac Surgeon

Cleveland Clinic's Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center uses a multidisciplinary team approach to deal with issues specific to adolescent and adult patients with congenital heart disease (CHD). Please join us and have your Congenital Heart Disease questions answered live by cardiologists Joanna Ghobrial, MD, David Majdalany, MD, and cardiac surgeon Hani Najm, MD.

CHD can be detected early as an infant or later in life as an adult. As an infant, septal defects are common, as well as valve defects such as stenosis and atresia. Adults, however, face unique challenges relating to ability to exercise, determining appropriate levels of activity, and complications that may arise during pregnancy. As the patient grows older, more complex operations are required, and other associated medical conditions require treatment. This requires a coordinated and experienced team approach that includes regular follow-up appointments, and therapeutic options when required. Cleveland Clinic’s Congenital Heart Disease Center treats a wide range of conditions, from bicuspid aortic valve disease and coarcation of the aorta, to pulmonary hypertension and Ebstein’s anomaly.

With Cleveland Clinic's No. 1 one Heart Program in the country, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, patients choose to come to our Heart & Vascular Institute to be treated for a wide range of heart conditions.

Joanna Ghobrial, MD, completed her residency at Boston Medical center and completed her fellowship at University of Washington Medical center. This was followed by a fellowship at bet Israel Deaconess medical Center and Harvard Medical School, along with a fellowship at UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Ghobrial was appointed to Cleveland Clinic staff in 2017.

David S. Majdalany, MD, is co-Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center, a staff cardiologist in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute and a member of the Cardio-Obstetrics Clinic. He is board-certified in internal medicine, general cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and echocardiography. He is a graduate of the Marshall University School of Medicine, in Huntington, W.Va, and he completed a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City followed by a fellowship in adult cardiology at the University Of Louisville School Of Medicine in Louisville, Ky. His specialty interests include abnormal heart rhythms, aneurysms, angina, aorta disease, aortic regurgitation, aortic stenosis, aortic valve regurgitation, atrial septal defects, cardiovascular disease, and cardiovascular disease in pregnancy.

Hani Najm, MD, is the Chair of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Najm is board-certified in surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. He earned his medical degree from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and he completed a rotating internship in Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology and a general surgery residency at King Khalid University. He also served a General Surgery residency at Ottawa Civic Hospital, Canada, and a Cardiothoracic Surgery residency at The Toronto Hospital and Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Canada. His specialty interests include Neonatal heart surgery, left ventricular outflow tract obstruction, arterial switch procedure, atrioventricular septal defect repair, adult congenital heart surgery, complex heart valve surgery, repeat valve and reconstructive heart surgery.

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