Johns Hopkins All Children's Heart Institute

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Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
501 6th Ave South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 898-7451
(800) 456-4543

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Recognized as a Top 50 Children’s Cardiology & Heart Surgery Program by US News & World Report 2016-2017


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Cardiovascular Surgery

Jeffrey P Jacobs, M.D.

Jeffrey P. Jacobs, M.D., FACS, FACC, FCCP is Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery and Director of the Andrews/Daicoff Cardiovascular Program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute. He is Professor of Cardiac Surgery at Johns Hopkins University. He is also Surgical Director of the Heart Transplantation Program and Director of the Extracorporeal Life Support Program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute. Dr. Jacobs has been a cardiothoracic surgeon at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital since 1998.

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Tom R. Karl, M.D.

Before joining the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute, Dr. Karl was a professor of surgery at the University of Queensland, and consultant cardiothoracic surgeon and director of research, Queensland Paediatric Cardiac Service, Mater Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, Australia. His areas of surgical expertise include all aspects of pediatric/congenital cardiothoracic surgery and intensive care, including neonatal heart surgery, cardiopulmonary transplantation, circulatory support, valve surgery and repairs for complex adult congenital heart diseases. He has published more than 140 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has been invited to speak and lecture around the world.

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Cardiology

Melvin Almodovar, M.D.

Dr. Almodovar is a pediatric cardiologist and cardiac intensivist. He is from Boston Children’s Hospital, where he was medical director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Department of Cardiology and assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

A graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Almodóvar completed a pediatrics internship and residency followed by categorical fellowship training in pediatric cardiology at Boston Children’s. After completing a senior clinical fellowship in cardiac intensive care medicine in 1999, he became an attending physician and assistant director, Cardiac ICU at Boston Children’s. In 2003, Dr. Almodóvar was appointed director of cardiac intensive care at Denver Children’s Hospital and in 2006 he returned to Boston Children’s as medical director of the Cardiac ICU, one of the world’s largest and most active pediatric and congenital heart disease-focused cardiac ICUs.

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Alfred Asante-Korang, M.D.

Dr. Asante-Korang, is pediatric cardiologist with the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute, has been working with congenital heart disease and heart transplant patients for more than 20 years. Dr. Asante-Korang graduated from the University of Ghana Medical School, where he completed an internship in pediatrics. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom.

Dr. Asante-Korang completed pediatric residencies at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom and the University of Chicago, as well as fellowships in pediatric cardiology at the IWK Children’s Hospital in Halifax, Canada and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He also holds an Advanced Diploma in Data and Systems Analysis from University of Oxford, England.
 

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Marguerite (Peggy) Crawford, M.D.

Dr. Crawford is a general pediatric cardiologist and director of cardiac MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) imaging at the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute. She is an assistant professor of pediatrics with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. After graduating from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, she completed a pediatric residency, served as chief pediatric resident and then did her pediatric cardiology fellowship at the University of Virginia. Dr. Crawford obtained additional training in cardiac MRI imaging during her fellowship at Virginia and also was a fellow in cardiac MRI at Children’s Hospital Boston.

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Jamie Andrew Decker, M.D.

Dr. Decker is a pediatric cardiologist specializing in electrophysiology, cardiac arrhythmias, cardiomyopathies and heart failure. He offers innovative and minimally invasive techniques to benefit patients at the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute. Before joining Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Dr. Decker was an assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where he completed a fellowship in pediatric cardiology, an advanced fellowship in heart failure/transplantation, and an advanced fellowship in pediatric electrophysiology at Baylor College of Medicine. A graduate of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Camden, New Jersey, Dr. Decker did his pediatric residency training at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. 

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Grace Freire, M.D.

Dr. Freire evaluates and treats patients with complex congenital heart disease, including congenital heart disease detected before birth. She is a general pediatric cardiologist and an assistant professor of pediatrics with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She has expertise in transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography and broad experience in fetal cardiology, including treatment of fetal arrhythmias and fetal heart failure. Dr. Freire is actively involved in research in fetal medicine and echocardiography and education. She completed her pediatric residency at Flushing Hospital, New York and a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Hope Children’s Hospital, Chicago. 

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Monesha Gupta, M.D.

Pediatric cardiologist Monesha Gupta, M.D., M.B.B.S., joined the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute after more than a decade on the pediatric cardiology faculty at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and the University of Texas Medical School, Houston, where she was director of advanced cardiac imaging. Her clinical expertise includes multimodality cardiac and vascular imaging. Dr. Gupta completed a pediatric residency at Hurley Medical Center, Michigan State University, Flint and a pediatric cardiology fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. She is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Society of Echocardiography.

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Carrie Herbert, M.D.

Pediatric interventional cardiologist Carrie Herbert, M.D., has joined the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute and All Children’s Specialty Physicians. Dr. Herbert comes to All Children’s from Children’s Medical Center Dallas, where she was a hospitalist in the cardiac intensive care unit. She completed a pediatric residency and fellowships in pediatric cardiology and pediatric interventional cardiology at University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. She is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia. She is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions.

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Elisa Marcuccio, M.D.

Dr. Marcuccio is a general pediatric cardiologist who provides both inpatient and outpatient cardiology care. Her areas of expertise include cardiology, echocardiography and fetal echocardiography.  She is an assistant profess of cardiology with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is involved in training resident physicians at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Dr. Marcuccio completed her pediatric resident and pediatric cardiology fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and was an assistant professor of pediatric cardiology with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine before joining the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute. 

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Daniel A. Mauriello, M.D.

Dr. Mauriello is a pediatric cardiologist who treats children with congenital heart disease and has expertise in fetal, transthoracic and transesophageal echogardiography. After graduating from the University of South Florida College of Medicine, he completed a residency in pediatric and adolescent medicine and a pediatric cardiology fellowship at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, located at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. His research interests include clinical outcomes and quality improvement measures. 

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Michelle Miller, M.D.

Dr. Miller specializes in pediatric, fetal and adult congenital heart disease, with a particular focus in fetal medicine. She works closely with prenatal practitioners throughout the area to offer safe, well-planned pregnancies and deliveries and educates local pediatric caregivers and community hospitals in caring for children and pregnant women with cardiac issues.

After completing her pediatric cardiology fellowship at UCLA, Miller became the director of fetal cardiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and an associate professor of medicine in the UCLA Department of Pediatrics. Having relocated to Florida in 2010, Dr. Miller is an associate professor of medicine with the Florida State University Medical School. She has published multiple scholarly articles on pediatric and fetal cardiology. Recently, Dr. Miller began cataloging the cardiac pathology library at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, a project that will make a significant contribution to education and research. 


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Benton Ng, M.D.

Dr. Ng is a pediatric cardiologist with expertise in noninvasive imaging, including transthoracic echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography, and cardiac MRI. After completing his medical training at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, he completed his pediatric residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, followed by a pediatric cardiology fellowship at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He received additional training in cardiac MRI at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, he was a clinical assistant professor and director of pediatric noninvasive imaging services at the University of Iowa. Dr. Ng also holds a master’s degree in clinical investigation from the University of Iowa.

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Thieu Nguyen, M.D.

Dr. Nguyen is a pediatric cardiologist and director of the pediatric echocardiography laboratory at the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute. He completed a fellowship in pediatric cardiology and a senior fellowship in non-invasive cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.  Dr. Nguyen completed his pediatric residency at the University of South Florida College of Medicine and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital after graduating from the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle.  Dr. Nguyen was an assistant professor at Loma Linda University in California before joining Johns Hopkins All Children’s pediatric cardiology program in 2010. 

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Jeremy Scott Ramey, M.D.

Dr. Ramey is a general pediatric cardiologist who provides inpatient and outpatient care for children with congenital heart disease. He completed a pediatric cardiology fellowship at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York and Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at New York Presbyterian, where he also served as chief pediatric cardiology fellow. He received his medical degree from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia and completed his pediatric residency at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Bristol Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. 

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Dima Sawalha-Turpin, M.D.

Dr. Turpin is a general pediatric cardiologist at the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute with special interests in preventive cardiology and the management of hypertension in children and teens. After a pediatric residency at the University of Florida Health Science Center in Jacksonville, Dr. Turpin worked as a primary care pediatrician for several years before pursuing her pediatric cardiology fellowship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis. At Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, she is active in resident and medical student education. She graduated first in her class at Jordan University of Science & Technology in Irbid, Jordan.

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Gary Stapleton, M.D.

Dr. Stapleton is a pediatric interventional cardiologist and serves as Johns Hopkins All Children’s division chief of pediatric cardiology and medical director of the cardiac catheterization lab at the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute. Dr. Stapleton is active in research and education in interventional cardiology and has launched innovative techniques at Johns Hopkins All Children’s to treat congenital heart disease without the need for open heart surgery. He did a pediatric residency with San Antonio Uniformed Services in Texas and was a general pediatrician at Eglin Air Force Base before completing both a pediatric cardiology fellowship and pediatric interventional fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

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