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The 15th Annual Master Class in Congenital Cardiac Morphology: Univentricular Heart

January 8, 2024

The Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh hosted the 15th Annual Master Class in Congenital Cardiac Morphology in Oct. 2023. The 2023 Master Class brought together world-renowned pediatric and adult cardiologists and cardiac surgeons to discuss the diagnostic and clinical management implications for the infant with univentricular heart. With a focus on morphology, the course explored approaches to non-invasive imaging, pre and postoperative, as well as management algorithms.

Below are the presentations from the 15th Annual Master Class in Congenital Cardiac Morphology.

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Section I: Univentricular Heart Morphology

  • Embryology and Developmental Anatomy
    • Presented by: Professor Robert H. Anderson, MD, FRCPath
  • Didactic Pathology Presentation
    • Presented by: Diane Spicer, BS, PA (ASCP)
  • Video Demonstration
    • Presented by: William Devine, BS
  • Panel Discussion 1

Section II: Univentricular Heart Pre-Stage | Diagnosis and Imaging

  • Echocardiography
    • Presented by: Lizabeth Lanford, MD
  • MRI/CT – Strategic Advanced Imaging
    • Presented by: Laura Olivieri, MD, FAHA, FSCMR
  • Panel Discussion 2

Section III: Univentricular Heart Stage I and II Care and Treatment

  • Pre and Postoperative Stage I Palliation ICU Management
    • Presented by: Joan Sanchez De Toledo, MD, PhD
  • Role of Interventional Cardiology in Pre- and Post-Stage I Palliation
    • Presented by: Jacqueline Kreutzer, MD, FACC, FSCAI
  • Surgical Management in the Early Stages
    • Presented by: Mario Castro Medina, MD
  • Mechanical Support in Early Stages of Univentricular Heart Palliation
    • Presented by: Melita Viegas, MD
  • Anesthesia Considerations
    • Presented by: Jacob Bray, MD
  • Interstage Care and Pre-Glenn Management
    • Presented by: Evonne Morell, DO
  • Neurodevelopmental Implications in the Early Stages of Univentricular Heart Palliation
    • Presented by: Lauren Lorenzi Quigley, PhD
  • Univentricular Heart Early Management: Discussion Panel
    • Moderated by: Tarek Alsaied, MD, FACC, MSc
    • Panelists: Evonne Morell, DO; Lizabeth Lanford, MD; Erin Colvin, CRNP; Victor O. Morell, MD; Jacqueline Kreutzer, MD, FACC, FSCAI; Lauren Lorenzi Quigley, PhD