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JOHN F. RHODES, JR, M.D., JOINS MIAMI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AS MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY SERVICES AND THE ADULT CONGENITAL HEART PROGRAM.
(5/1/2013)

Miami— Dr. John Rhodes has joined The Heart Program at Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) as the Medical Director of Pediatric Cardiology Services and the Adult Congenital Heart Program.

Prior to joining Miami Children’s, Dr. Rhodes served as chief for the Duke Clinical Heart Program and Duke Children’s Heart Center in Durham, North Carolina. He was also co-director of the Duke Adult Congenital Heart Program.

Dr. Rhodes received his medical degree from The Brody School of Medicine in Greenville, North Carolina and completed his fellowship in cardiology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, where his mentors included several members of the current MCH Heart Program team. He pursued additional training in interventional catheterization for children and adults at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland.

Dr. Rhodes’clinical interests involve diagnostic and interventional catheterization procedures for children and adults with complex congenital heart disease. He helped pioneer several techniques, including transcatheter atrial septal closure with the Gore Helex Septal Occluder, intracardiac echocardiographic imaging to guide catheter interventions, cutting balloon angioplasty of stenotic branch pulmonary arteries, and pulmonary vein stent angioplasty for pulmonary vein stenosis following radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation.

He is currently the National Principal Investigator for the REDUCE trial for the management of patent foramen ovale in the setting of cryptogenic stroke and is an investigator for trials including the new Gore Septal Occluder device, Edwards Lifesciences pulmonary stent valve, MELODY pulmonary stent valve, and covered stent angioplasty for coarctation of the aorta.

About Miami Children’s Hospital
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Miami Children's Hospital® is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with several specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor.  990.