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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. John Breinholt, III

John Breinholt, III, MD
Co-director, The Children’s Heart Center


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James Polson
Clinical Director, The Children’s Heart Center

Pediatric Heart Surgery

Jorge D Salazar MD

Jorge D. Salazar, MD
Pediatric Heart Surgeon

Dr. Ali Dodge-Khatami

Ali Dodge-Khatami , MD
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

Pediatric Cardiology

Dr. John Breinholt, III

John Breinholt, III, MD
Pediatric Interventional Cardiologist

Dr. Dilachew Adebo, MD

Dilachew Adebo, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist

Dr. Duraisamy Balaguru

Duraisamy Balaguru, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist

Dr. Matthew Brown

Matthew Brown, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist

Dr. Mohammed Numan

Mohammed Numan, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist

Dr. Faustino Ramos

Faustino Ramos, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist

Dr. P Rao

P Rao, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist

Dr. Chandra Srinivasan

Chandra Srinivasan, MD
Pediatric 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

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

Pediatric Cardiovascular Anesthesiology

Nishal K. Gautam, M.D.

Nishal K. Gautam, MD
Pediatric Cardiovascular Anesthesiologist

Olga Pawelek, MD

Olga Pawelek, MD
Pediatric Cardiovascular Anesthesiologist

Dr. Gurur Biliciler-Denktas

Muhammad B. Rafique, MD
Pediatric Cardiovascular Anesthesiologist

Evelyn Griffin, MD

Evelyn Griffin, MD
Pediatric Cardiovascular Anesthesiologist

Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery Physician Assistants

Heart - Forest TragerSamantha Janus, PA-C

Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery Physician Assistant

Forest TragerForest Trager, PA-C

Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery Physician Assistant

Pediatric Cardiovascular Nursing and Perfusion

Becky Sam

Becky Sam, R.N.

Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery
Clinical Nurse Manager

Sarah EshelmanSarah Eshelman, C.C.P.

Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery Perfusionist

Heather DunneHeather Dunne, C.C.P.

Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery Perfusionist

Michelle Mire, R.N.Michelle Mire, R.N.

Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery
Clinical Care Coordinator

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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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