Interviews with Leading Figures in Congenital Cardiac Care

In August 2010 many of the leading figures in congenital cardiac care including some of the outstanding pioneers in the field such as Dr Aldo Castaneda and Dr William Norwood, gathered in Antigua, Guatemala to honor Aldo Castaneda on the occasion of his 80th birthday. This was also a regional satellite meeting of the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery. Recognizing that this gathering represented a unique opportunity, Mr John Walsh, previously of Project Hope and currently at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC as well as Dr Richard Jonas, also from Children’s National Medical Center, invited a video production company including Thalia Assuras and Shelby Scarbrough to interview these surgeons, cardiologists and intensivists to record a unique oral history for posterity. Dr Marshall Jacobs, editor of the World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery kindly agreed to undertake most of the interviews. These videos provide a glimpse into the thoughts and motivations of many of the founding figures in congenital cardiac care.

Interview with Dr. Roberta Williams (Intro)

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wspchs williams 600Dr. Williams studied medicine at the University of North Carolina.  She served as director of the echocardiography laboratory and medical director of the cardiothoracic intensive care service at Boston Children's Hospital. She went on to become chief of pediatric cardiology at UCLA.  In 1995, she became chair of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina, returning to Los Angeles to join USC in 2000. She currently  is a specialist in pediatric cardiology at the USC Keck School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.


Interview with Dr. Christo Tchervenkov

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Dr. Tchervenkov is the chief of cardiac surgery at Montreal Children's Hospital and Professor of Surgery at McGill University. He trained in general surgery, cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at McGill University. He was Chief Resident in pediatric cardiac surgery at the Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School with Aldo Castaneda. He was the founding president of the World Society of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery and currently serves as Executive Director

Interview with Dr. Guillermo Kreutzer (Intro)

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Dr. Kreutzer studied at the University of Buenos Aires. After completing his surgical training he took a position at the Ricardo Gutierrez Children's Hospital in Buenos Aires. He held many leadership positions at Ricardo Gutierrez until his retirement as Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery. Dr Kreutzer was a pioneer in developing surgical treatment for the child with a single ventricle.



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