Caring for Congenital Heart Defects: A Multidisciplinary Approach
The Children's Heart Institute, a collaboration between Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital and UTHealth Medical School, is a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects (CHD) and is one of only two pediatric cardiology facilities in Southeast Texas.
Through a coordinated and collaborative care approach at the Texas Fetal Center, patients are provided with the most advanced technology in order to accurately provide a prenatal diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is made, the fetal care team works together with subspecialists, including pediatric cardiologists, pediatric cardiovascular surgeons and the neonatology team, to create a personalized delivery plan as well as a neonatal treatment plan including the most advanced surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for babies diagnosed with heart defects.
Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery
William Douglas, M.D., joined the pediatric cardiovascular surgery team in 2007 as chief of the division of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery. Dr. Douglas is active in the research and development of new medical devices for pediatric cardiac surgery, including the adjustable systemic-pulmonary artery shunt that is used to provide precise pulmonary systemic blood flow following single-ventricle reconstructive surgery. Every year, Dr. Douglas participates in mission trips to Central and South America to perform heart surgery for impoverished children in developing countries.
In 2011, Michael Hines, M.D., professor in the division of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery, relocated to
Houston from North Carolina to join the Children’s Heart Institute. His clinical practice includes the repair
of CHD in infants, children and adults. He has a special interest in minimally invasive approaches including video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) ligation of the patent ductus arteriosus. He is the only surgeon in the Southwest United States to offer this procedure, often on an out-patient basis.
Dr. Hines remains active in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) practice and education, serving over a decade on the
steering committee of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, including three years as its chairperson. He remains an internationally recognized expert in ECMO support and now directs the program at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and the rapidly growing adult program.
Gurur Biliciler-Denktas, M.D., serves as the co-director of the Fetal Cardiology Program at the Texas Fetal Center, in conjunction with her role as assistant professor in the division of Pediatric Cardiology at UTHealth Medical School. Dr. Biliciler-Denktas completed her residency training in pediatrics at Mayo Clinic College
of Medicine and went on to complete pediatric cardiology and echocardiography fellowships at the same institution.
She also completed additional fellowship training in pediatric cardiology at the University of
Miami. Her clinical and research interests include fetal echocardiography, pediatric echocardiography and adult congenital heart disease.