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Damien J. LaPar, MD, MSc, has joined the Section of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in the Division of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery at the NYP/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center and Weill-Cornell Medical Center.
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The Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at NYP/Columbia has created a new program to help pediatric liver transplant patients transition to adult care.
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The Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation (CLDT) in collaboration with pediatric surgery at NYP/Columbia is making noteworthy advances in the care of children with serious liver conditions, and is a national leader in this field. “Our superior outcomes are the result of unique surgical training, high patient volume, and unsurpassed multidisciplinary collaboration,” says Jean C. Emond, MD, Chief of Transplantation Services at Columbia. “The CLDT brings together leading experts hepatobiliary surgery, hepatology, gastroenterology, oncology, radiology, diagnostic testing and pathology to provide exceptional patient care.”
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Columbia’s Carmen and John Thain Center for Prenatal Pediatrics is now offering fetal intervention to repair myelomeningocele, a form of spina bifida associated with a wide range of complications including early death, paralysis, and bowel and bladder dysfunction. Prenatal intervention has been shown to significantly improve myelomeningocele outcomes by decreasing the need for cerebrospinal fluid shunting and improving motor function.
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NYP Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital provides the most comprehensive care available for babies with multiple and complex congenital anomalies. “While other centers can handle a single system disease, our multidisciplinary team can address the most challenging patients all in one place, and provide the most advanced circulatory support for those with heart, lung and airway malformations,” says William Middlesworth, MD, director of the Pediatric Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Program.
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Tetralogy of Fallot was in the news, as talk show host Jimmy Kimmel described the birth of his son whose skin turned a purplish hue with the first few hours. At NYP Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, pediatric cardiac surgeons are making great advances in the surgery for tetralogy of Fallot, correcting these defects in a single-stage operation.
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Surgeons at NYP Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital have the highest success rate in the nation for primary repair of biliary atresia (BA), a congenital defect that causes bile to back up into the liver, usually resulting in the need for a liver transplant within the first two years of a child’s life. And in cases where a transplant is needed, our transplantation team has made great strides with living donors.
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David Kalfa, MD, PhD, has received a grant from the CHD Coalition to create and test a new type of heart valve that can grow and conform to the patient’s anatomy over time. Such a device would benefit neonates, children and young adults with congenital heart disease, reducing the need for multiple surgeries and greatly improving their quality of life.
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