Yves d’Udekem, M.D., Ph.D., joins Children’s National Hospital as Cardiac Surgery Chief


Dr. d’Udekem, a environment-renowned pediatric cardiac surgeon, will also co-direct Children’s Nationwide Coronary heart Institute


September 28, 2020

WASHINGTON—Yves d’Udekem, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatric cardiac surgeon acknowledged for skills in the most hard procedures for newborns and young children with intricate congenital heart disease, has joined Children’s Nationwide Medical center as chief of Cardiac Surgery and co-director of the Children’s Nationwide Coronary heart Institute.

“Children’s Nationwide has the instances and skills I was looking for,” he states. “Even far better, when you check out it is distinct that the overall Coronary heart Institute group is energetic about operating alongside one another. They’re frequently searching for far better strategies to do this get the job done and make improvements to how we care for young children and their people.”

Dr. d’Udekem comes to Children’s Nationwide from The Royal Children’s Medical center in Melbourne, Australia, an establishment that has led the improvement of congenital heart disease care and analysis, carrying out a lot more than five hundred surgical procedures with cardiopulmonary bypass each and every 12 months.

He has a wide spectrum of pediatric cardiac operation skills, with exclusive emphasis in one ventricle congenital heart problems, when one reduce chamber of the heart does not build. Just one region of his analysis portfolio includes scientific analysis into long-phrase quality of everyday living for folks who had Fontan procedures — a vital surgical method to adapt blood flow for folks born with one ventricle heart disease. He has extra skills in valve repair, artificial hearts and other cardiac help products.

“Sometimes it appears like I’ve been born and place on this earth for that one intent — I have to provide everyday living to people with one ventricle hearts or help products,” he states. He describes his route to pediatric cardiac operation as serendipity, “It’s a lot more like pediatric cardiac operation selected me.”

“It is an honor to welcome Yves d’Udekem to the Children’s Nationwide Coronary heart Institute,” states David Wessel, M.D., executive vice president and chief healthcare officer of Medical center and Specialty Solutions at Children’s Nationwide. “He is a surgeon, medical professional and leader of the optimum caliber. I can say devoid of hesitation that Yves’ management of our cardiac operation group will transform the life of hundreds, if not countless numbers, of young children and older people with congenital heart disease.”

In preparation for Dr. d’Udekem’s arrival, the Children’s Nationwide Coronary heart Institute and hospital management designed a framework program for achievement that will build on the legacy of excellence set up by Richard Jonas, M.D. Dr. Jonas, a environment leader in congenital heart operation who has created significant scientific and academic developments in the subject, will continue on his award-profitable laboratory-based analysis at Children’s Nationwide on neurodevelopmental outcomes for young children with congenital heart disease.

Dr. d’Udekem is Belgian-born with Canadian and Australian citizenship. He obtained his early training in Belgium and Toronto. As an attending cardiac surgeon in Belgium, he operated on both of those older people and young children with congenital heart disease. Dr. d’Udekem then labored with internationally acknowledged heart surgeon Marc de Leval, M.D., FRCS, and other folks in London to practice in congenital heart operation at the Great Ormond Road Medical center for Children. From there, he was recruited to The Royal Children’s Medical center in Melbourne, Australia, where by he has been ever because.

Dr. d’Udekem has a lot more than 350 analysis publications and has acquired a lot more than $seven million in grant funding in the previous five several years for get the job done to create the 1st analysis network of Australian young children and older people who have undergone the Fontan method.

He began observing people at Children’s Nationwide in mid-September.

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