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 Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center

Stephen Cook, MD
Stephen Cook, MD
Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center
Dr. Cook is an expert in the transition of care of patients with congenital heart disease from adolescence to adulthood. Learn more.
 Lee Bankin Beerman, MD
Lee B. Beerman, MD
Director, Electrophysiology
Dr. Beerman specializes in innovative therapies for patients with heart rate and rhythm disorders. Learn more.
 Jacqueline Kreutzer, MD
Jacqueline Kreutzer, MD
Director, Interventional Cardiology
Dr. Kreutzer oversees the Cardiac Catherterization Laboratory, one of the most advanced faciltiies of its kind in the U.S. Learn more.


Congenital Cardiac Surgeons
 Victor O. Morell, MD
Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Co-Director, Heart Institute
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Co-Director, UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute
Vice Chair & Director of Cardiovascular Services, UPMC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Dr. Morell is co-director of Children's Heart Center as well as UPMC's Heart and Vascular Institute. Learn more.
Peter Wearden, MD
Director, Pediatric Mechanical Cardiopulmonary Support
Dr. Wearden leads two NIH-funded projects to develop internal and external ventricular assist devices (VADs) for children. Learn more.
Mahesh Sharma, MD Mahesh S. Sharma, MD
Congenital Cardiac Surgery
Melita Viegas, MD Melita Viegas, MD
Congenital Cardiac Surgery


Nurse Practictioner
Patricia Hovanec, CRNP Patty Hovanec, MSN, CRNP
Nurse Practitioner
Vanessa Kowalski, NP
Vanessa Kowalski, MSN, CRNP 
Adult Nurse Practitioner, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center
Ashley McCourt, RN Ashley McCourt, RN, BSN
Registered Nurse


Social Worker
 Robin Telles
Robin Telles, MSW, LSW
Clinical Social Worker, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center
As a clinical social worker, Robin assists patients of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center with medical insurance issues, financial matters, psychosocial stressors, housing, and more.


Research Coordinator
 Morgan Hindes
Morgan Hindes
Last Update
August 26, 2015
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Last Update
August 26, 2015