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The Children’s Heart Center Team

The multidisciplinary team of affiliated physicians at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth work collaboratively to provide comprehensive care to babies prior to birth, infants, children and young adults with complex heart conditions. Continued advancements in nonsurgical treatments enable the physicians to provide patients with conservative care, when appropriate. When pediatric cardiovascular surgery is required, the team of specialists provides specialized care focused on the best possible outcome for each child.

With a Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a dedicated Children’s Heart Center Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital – named one of the top 50 best children's hospitals nationally in Cardiology & Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report – patients have access to the highest level of specialized cardiac care by a team of nurses, affiliated physicians, therapists and other allied healthcare professionals specialized in pediatric heart conditions.

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The Children’s Heart Center Leadership

Jorge D Salazar MD

Jorge D. Salazar, MD
Co-director, The Children’s Heart Center

Dr. Jon Meliones

Jon Meliones, MD
Co-director, The Children’s Heart Center

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James Polson, DNP
Clinical Director, The Children’s Heart Center

Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery

Jorge D Salazar MD

Jorge D. Salazar, MD
Pediatric Heart Surgeon

Dr. Ali Dodge-Khatami

Ali Dodge-Khatami, MD, PhD
Pediatric Heart Surgeon

Dr. Robert Hanfland, MD

Robert Hanfland, MD
Pediatric Heart Surgeon

Fetal Cardiology

Dr. Gurur Biliciler-Denktas

Gurur Biliciler-Denktas, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist, Fetal Echocardiologist

Dr. Vidhya Annavajjhala MD

Vidhya Annavajjhala, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist, Fetal Echocardiologist

Dr. Donna Goff MD

Donna Goff, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist, Fetal Cardiologist

Dr. Karina Wu MD

Karina Wu, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist

Pediatric Cardiology

Dr. John Breinholt, III

John Breinholt, III, MD
Pediatric Interventional Cardiologist

Dr. Dilachew Adebo, MD

Dilachew Adebo, MD
Cardiac CT/MRI Specialist

Dr. Duraisamy Balaguru

Duraisamy Balaguru, MD
Pediatric Interventional Cardiologist

Dr. Matthew Brown

Matthew Brown, MD
Pediatric Interventional Cardiologist

Dr. Mohammed Numan

Mohammed Numan, MD
Pediatric Electrophysiology Cardiologist

Dr. Faustino Ramos

Faustino Ramos, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist

Dr. P Rao

P Rao, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist

Dr. Chandra Srinivasan

Chandra Srinivasan, MD
Pediatric Electophysiology Cardiologist

Dr. Adrienne Kilgore, MD

Adrienne Walton, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist

Dr. Elizabeth Wang-Giuffre, DO

Elizabeth Wang-Giuffre, DO
Pediatric Cardiologist

Cardiac Critical Care Medicine

Konstantinos Boukas

Konstantinos Boukas, MD
Division Director, Pediatric Critical Care

Jon Meliones

Jon Meliones, MD
Pediatric Critical Care

Sheikh Ahmed

Sheikh Ahmed, MD
Pediatric Critical Care

Christina Bryndzia

Christina Bryndzia, DO
Pediatric Critical Care

Paul Dahm

Paul Dahm, MD
Pediatric Critical Care

Vinai Modem

Vinai Modem, MD
Pediatric Critical Care

Alvaro Coronado Munoz

Alvaro Coronado Munoz, MD
Pediatric Critical Care

Shivani Tripathi

Shivani Tripathi, MD
Pediatric Critical Care

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David McMann, MD
Pediatric Critical Care

Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology

Nishal K. Gautam, M.D.

Nishal K. Gautam, MD
Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiologist

Olga Pawelek, MD

Olga Pawelek, MD
Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiologist

Dr. Gurur Biliciler-Denktas

Muhammad B. Rafique, MD
Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiologist

Evelyn Griffin, MD

Evelyn Griffin, MD
Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiologist

Anil De Silva, MD

Anil De Silva, MD
Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiologist

Richard Hubbard, MD

Richard Hubbard, MD
Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiologist

Heart Center Clinical Team

Heather DunneHeather Dunne, C.C.P.

Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
Perfusionist

Sarah EshelmanSarah Eshelman, C.C.P.

Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery
Perfusionist

Brian ForsbergBrian Forsberg, C.C.P.

Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
Perfusionist

Samantha JanusSamantha Janus, PA-C

Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
Physician Assistant

Jennifer Lusk, PNP-AC

Pediatric Cardiology
Nurse Practitioner

Riza Mauricio, PhD, PNP-AC

Pediatric Critical Care
Nurse Practitioner

Christine Meliones, PNP-AC, FNP

Pediatric Cardiology
Nurse Practitioner

Michelle Mire RNMichelle Mire, R.N.

Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
Clinical Care Coordinator

Marcelino Moreno JrMarcelino Moreno Jr., R.N.

Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery Clinical Care Coordinator

Jennifer Richards, PNP-AC

Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
Nurse Practitioner

Becky Sam

Becky Sam, BSN, RN, CPN, CCRN

Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
Clinical Nurse Manage

Kimberly SchoenhuberKimberly Schoenhuber, CSFA

Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
Certified Surgical First Assistant

Forest TragerForest Trager, PA-C

Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery Physician Assistant

Joseph WagnerJoseph Wagner, C.C.P.

Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery Perfusionist

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Pediatric Cardiology
To schedule an appointment at any of the eight Pediatric Cardiology Outpatient Clinics across Greater Houston, call (713) 486-6755.

Pediatric Cardiology Clinic – Texas Medical Center
The University of Texas Health Science Center Professional Building
6410 Fannin St., Suite 370
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 486-6755

Pediatric Heart Surgery
To schedule an appointment at the Pediatric Heart Surgery Outpatient Clinic in the Texas Medical Center, call (832) 325-7234.

Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic – Texas Medical Center
University of Texas Health Science Center Professional Building
6410 Fannin Street, Suite 950
Houston, TX 77030
(832) 325-7234

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