Biancaniello, MD, Chief
Hayden, RN, CPNP
The faculty of the Division of
Pediatric Cardiology is experienced in the care and treatment of pediatric
While each of the faculty
members have experience in the broad field of Pediatric Cardiology, each also
has a particular “niche” of interest and expertise.
The Division Chief is Tom Biancaniello,
Professor of Pediatrics.
Biancaniello is Director of Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization.
His special interests are interventional
pediatric techniques, and the adult with congenital heart disease.
Dr. Peter Morelli, Associate Professor of Pediatrics,
is Director of non-invasive Pediatric Cardiology.
Dr. Morelli’s special interest is in
preventive cardiology and has a successful program for children who are
overweight, hypertensive or have hyperlipidemia (see the following article
regarding the Pediatric Preventive Cardiovascular Risk Program).
In addition he performs both diagnostic and
interventional cardiac catheterizations.
The newest member of the division is Dr. Rula Balluz, Assistant
Professor of Pediatrics, whose special interest is non-invasive evaluation of
heart dysfunction including transesophageal echocardiology.
Dr. Balluz also has a Masters of Public
Health and has an interest in population studies of children with congenital
and acquired heart disease.
Heyden PNP, Pediatric Cardiac Nurse Practitioner, rounds out the division’s
Ms. Heyden coordinates
the cardiac surgery program for infants, children and adolescents in addition
to providing support and educational services to all of the patients and their
families cared for by the division of Pediatric Cardiology.
Ms. Geri Claeson is the administrative
assistant for the division and coordinates the complex scheduling of our
patients for testing, appointments and surgery.
Dr. Jan Quaegebeur, an internationally
known expert in pediatric cardiac surgery, provides surgical support for
children requiring open heart surgery at Stony Brook.
He is particularly well known for his
pioneering work in the arterial switch operation in infants.
To date he has done 257 open-heart procedures
on infants and children at
Hospital with 1.5%
mortality (NY State mortality rate ~5.5%).
Drs. Zvi Jacob and Ron Jasiewitcz are Pediatric Anesthesiologists who
specialize in pediatric heart surgery.
the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery program has
been temporally suspended by the DOH, see comment below)
Our faculty performs inpatient
and out patient consultations at
Hospital and several
also serves as Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at
We offer transcatheter closure of atrial septal defects, patent ductus
arteriosus, and atriovenous malformations; balloon valvuloplasty and
Fetal echocardiography is
performed to diagnose important cardiac defects prenatally.
Dr. Morelli is Vice-chair of
Pediatrics for Clinical Affairs and is the Departmental QA liaison.
He has also recently been asked to serve on
the Dean’s Clinical Advisory Committee.
The faculty considers teaching a
high priority and professional vocation.
An intensive introduction to Pediatric Heart Disease is part of the
Cardiovascular Organ Systems for 2nd year Medical Students.
The sessions includes a didactic section,
case based learning and a pathology of congenital heart disease laboratory to
help students put it all together.
year student clerks rotate through our outpatient sessions and an elective is
Data being collected in the
Preventive Cardiology Program will hopefully help in the epidemic of childhood
obesity and the sedentary life style all too popular in our society.