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Director Named to the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

PITTSBURGH, June 22, 2011 Stephen Cook, M.D., has been named director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute (HVI).

Dr. Cook comes to Children’s Hospital and the HVI from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he served as assistant professor of pediatrics and internal medicine and director of non-invasive imaging and research for the Adoloescent and Young Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program.

Dr. Cook brings to the center extensive experience in serving adolescents and adults with congenital heart disease as a board-certified physician in four specialties: adult and pediatric cardiology, internal medicine and pediatrics. He is an expert in the transition of care of patients with congenital heart disease from adolescence to adulthood. Other areas of expertise are non-invasive cardiac imaging, including echocardiography, cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging, and cardiac computed tomography in adults with congenital heart disease.

“Because of advances in medical, transcatheter and surgical care, the survival rates and quality of life for patients with congenital heart disease have improved dramatically,” Dr. Cook said. “Our program provides the expertise, ongoing care and education needed by this complex group of patients who require lifelong follow-up.”

Dr. Cook also serves on many national committees to help define best practices for this unique population of heart patients. He is co-chair for the Adult Congenital Heart Association Research Committee and an active member of the Alliance for Adult Research in Congenital Cardiolgy, a multicenter collaboration to promote relationships between adult congenital heart disease programs, to support research efforts and to improve outcomes of adults with congenital heart disease.

“In his role as director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center at both Children's Hospital and the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, Dr. Cook will lead a team of specialists dedicated to providing the most advanced care for adults with congenital heart disease," says Steven A. Webber, M.B.Ch.B., chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiology. "The Heart Center's success rate for the care of children with congenital heart defects has led to an increase in the number of these patients reaching adulthood. Dr. Cook is exceptionally qualified to serve these patients and to help them lead healthy and active lives.”

For more information about Dr. Cook, the ACHD Center or Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, please visit Follow this hyperlink to download a high-res photo of Dr. Cook.

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