About the Author
Dr. John L. Jefferies is an associate professor of pediatric cardiology and adult cardiovascular diseases at Cincinnati's Children's Hospital Department of Pediatrics. He is the director of Advanced Heart Failure / Cardiomyopathy within The Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters on cardiomyopathy, cardiovascular genetics, and adults with congenital heart disease. His current research interests include heritable causes of vascular disease, novel drug therapies for advanced heart failure, novel gene discovery in cardiomyopathy, characterization and management of left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC), and early diagnosis and management of chemotherapy induced cardiotoxicity. Dr. Chang is internationally-recognized as an expert in the field of pediatric cardiology. He is one of the founding members of the Asia-Pacific Pediatric Cardiac Society (APPCS) and will be initiating the foundation arm of the society at the bequest of the board. Dr. Chang has been voted "Physician of Excellence" by the Orange County Medical Association and also selected as one of America's "Top Doctors," "Top Pediatricians," and "Best Cardiologists" by several organizations. He is a member of the grant review committee for pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health; and board of directors for the American Heart Association. Dr. Rossano is the medical director of Pediatric Heart Transplant and Heart Failure. He is also an attending physician in the Cardiac Center and the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rossano is principal investigator or co-investigator on several ongoing research studies of the use of ventricular assist devices and artificial hearts in children, studying the effectiveness of post-transplant treatments for children who have received heart transplants, an observational study of children with heart failure, and building a registry of pediatric heart transplant patients that aims to further the knowledge of pediatric heart disease and transplantation. Dr. Shaddy is Chief of the Division of Cardiology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and holds the Jennifer Terker Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiology. He is Professor of Pediatrics and Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Shaddy brings more than 25 years of experience as a cardiologist caring for children with heart failure to his role as one of the leaders of the transplant program. Dr. Towbin has helped develop and directed the Pediatric Heart Failure and Transplant Program, and the Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic, both of which are currently amongst the largest in the U.S. He now has a separate Cardiomyopathy Clinic. Dr. Towbin's work in deciphering the causes of sudden cardiac death due to heart muscle disease and cardiac rhythm disorders has been instrumental in advancing the understanding of these disorders, and his work on the treatment of these disorders is helping break new ground.