Cleveland, OH.- Cleveland Clinic Childrenʼs Hospital today announced that Constantine Mavroudis, M.D., world-renowned pediatric cardiovascular surgeon, will soon join the staff as Chair, Congenital & Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Mavroudis, who is currently the Surgeon-in-Chief for the Department of Surgery and Division Head of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery at Childrenʼs Memorial Hospital in Chicago, will begin seeing patients in September 2008.
Dr. Mavroudis specializes in surgery for congenital heart disease in infants and children, but he also treats adult patients who have congenital heart complications that manifest later in life. With this unique combination of experience, Dr. Mavroudis will be leading pediatric cardiothoracic surgery while also working closely with staff in the Heart and Vascular Institute, which has been ranked #1 in cardiac care for 13 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report.
“Weʼre honored that Dr. Mavroudis wanted to bring his talents and vision to Cleveland Clinic Childrenʼs Hospital,” said Robert Wyllie, M.D., Physician-in-Chief of Cleveland Clinic Childrenʼs Hospital. “This is great news for our patients and their families, and I know that I speak for many when I say that weʼre greatly looking forward to learning from and working with Dr. Mavroudis on many levels.”
Dr. Mavroudis is known for his research and expertise in complex congenital heart repairs, arrhythmia surgery, coronary artery surgery in children and cardiac transplantation. Under his direction, Childrenʼs Memorial Hospital has become a top-ranked center for pediatric heart treatment and surgery. In addition to his work with patients, Dr. Mavroudis will also assume the Ronald and Helen Ross Chair in Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Childrenʼs Hospital.
“This is a very exciting new beginning for me, both personally and professionally,” said Dr. Mavroudis. “Itʼs a tremendous opportunity for me to be able to teach others in the field all that I have experienced, and Iʼm looking forward to starting this new chapter in my life with my family in Cleveland.”
Born in Thasos, Greece, Dr. Mavroudis is very active in many Greek physician organizations, including the Medical Society of Thessaloniki, the Hellenic Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and the Hellenic Society of Pediatric Cardiology. In addition, he is the founder of the Hellenic Heart Program, which enables Greek children in need of heart surgery to come to Chicago for their procedures, and provides support to families. Dr. Mavroudis plans to bring the program to Cleveland when he begins his new position.
Dr. Mavroudis is a noted author and speaker, publishing more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He is the editor of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, a textbook staple for students and physicians, which is now in its third edition, and he has served as editor or co-editor for six other textbooks on the topic.
Dr. Mavroudis is a member of numerous professional societies. He served as President of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association in 2002 and President of the Congenital Heart Surgeon’s Society from 2004 through 2006, and currently serves as President of the Society for Thoracic Surgical Education. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and he has been instrumental in developing a nomenclature system for use in congenital heart surgery databases. This international effort has resulted in a number of publications and a comprehensive classification system for congenital heart surgery specifications.
Dr. Mavroudis is a graduate of Rutgers University and received a medical degree from the University of Virginia before completing his residency at University of California, San Francisco. He is an avid runner, having completed 11 marathons and 20 triathlons in the United States and Europe. He and his wife, Martha, will reside in Bratenahl. They have two adult children, Paula and Constantine.
Patients and families interested in scheduling an appointment with Dr. Mavroudis can call Cleveland Clinic Childrenʼs Hospital at 216-445-5015. Appointments will start in September 2008.
About Cleveland Clinic Childrenʼs Hospital
The Pediatric Institute and Childrenʼs Hospital is one of 26 institutes at Cleveland Clinic that group multiple specialties together to provide collaborative, patient-centered care. Backed by the full resources of Cleveland Clinic, the Pediatric Institute offers full medical, surgical and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents. More than 200 pediatric physicians accommodate 500,000 patient visits annually at our Main Campus, Shaker Campus, community hospitals and family health centers. More than 80 pediatric physicians were recognized as being among the “Best Doctors in America,” and Cleveland Clinic Childrenʼs Hospital was ranked among the “Best Childrenʼs Hospitals” in five of seven specialties by U.S. News & World Report.
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