Meet the Cardiac Team
The Heart Program
||Redmond P. Burke, MD |
Director of Cardiovascular Surgery
Prior to joining Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, Dr. Burke was an attending cardiac surgeon at Children’s Hospital Boston where he pioneered minimally invasive interventions for infants and children with congenital heart disease. After graduating from Stanford University, he received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and served as chief resident in cardiovascular surgery at Children’s Hospital Boston. He is a diplomate of the American Boards of Thoracic Surgery and General Surgery and a fellow in the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Burke has published numerous articles and has lectured extensively on his new surgical methods. His current focus is in the research of web-based information technologies and discovering new ways to minimize the cumulative trauma of surgery.
||John F. Rhodes, Jr., MD|
Medical Director of Pediatric Cardiology Services and the Adult Congenital Heart Program
Prior to joining Nicklaus 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 Nicklaus Children's Hospital 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 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.
||Anthony F. Rossi, MD|
Director, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Prior to his arrival at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, in 1999, Dr. Rossi served as founder and Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. In addition to his role as a cardiac intensivist, Dr. Rossi is also fully trained in pediatric cardiac electrophysiology. After completing his fellowship in pediatric cardiology at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Dr. Rossi went on to pursue further sub-specialty training in electrophysiology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Rossi has published and has lectured extensively around the world and is an internationally renowned expert in children with complex physiology following congenital heart surgery. His extensive clinical experience in all aspects of cardiac critical care and innovative research designs add to his role as Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Rossi’s current research interests center around the identification of various metabolic parameters to improve the care of children in the post-operative period.
||Gil Wernovsky, MD, FAAP, FACC|
Medical Director of Patient- and Family-Centered Care
Prior to joining Nicklaus Children's, Dr. Wernovsky served as the Director of Program Development at the Cardiac Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Associate Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology. He was also the Medical Director of the Neurocardiac Care Program, and the former Medical Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Wernovsky received his medical training at Pennsylvania State University, and his pediatric training at New York Hospital. He completed additional training in pediatric cardiology and cardiac intensive care at Boston Children’s Hospital, and had a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School. In Philadelphia, he has been a professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wernovsky’s clinical interests include the ICU care of newborns with critical congenital heart disease, mechanical support of the failing circulation, and outpatient follow-up of complex congenital heart disease.
||Christopher F. Tirotta, MD, MBA|
Director, Cardiac Anesthesia
Dr. Tirotta received his BA from Cornell University in 1982 and his MD from New York University School of Medicine in 1986. He also received an MBA degree from Columbia University in 1999. Dr. Tirotta completed his internship in Internal Medicine at SUNY at Stony Brook in 1987. He completed his residency training in anesthesiology at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1990; he sub-specialized in pediatric and cardiovascular anesthesia during his CA-4 year. He also served as Team Chief for three months, acting as a supervisor of residents and nurse anesthetists in the main operating room at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Tirotta is a member of numerous professional societies and has served on a number of hospital committees; he was most recently the Co-Chair of the Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, Physician Hospital Organization. He is also responsible for giving numerous medical lectures and is actively engaged in clinical research. He has been the Principal Investigator on a number of clinical drug/device trials.
For more information or to schedule and appointment please call The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital (305) 662-8301.