A New Blueprint

Published On 09/22/2015

Le Bonheur Heart Institute sets new vision

Le Bonheur Children’s Heart Institute is focused on expanding its foundation; developing five to 10 new destination programs, recruiting another 25 faculty members, adding advanced specialty fellows and developing new areas of research.

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Trans-catheter PDA closure

At 1 pound, 9 ounces, Paris Walker Rogers was born with a patent ductus arteriosus, but her mom worried Paris was too small for surgical repair.

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Hypoplastic Left Heart

The Crowells were expecting a routine birth but found themselves learning about congenital heart defects shortly after their son's delivery.

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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

The Gomez family of San Pedro, Calif., turned to the expert resources at Le Bonheur’s Heart Institute to help their son, Will.

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Joan Han, MD, pediatric obesity specialist

Mark R. Corkins, MD, saw potential in Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Gastroenterology program. Hospital leadership knew the importance of growing the program, and much of the infrastructure – including a newly built hospital – was already in place. So he committed to lead the program and take it to the next level – moving from Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health to Memphis, Tenn., in 2011.

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Pediatric Nephrologist John Bissler, MD, is changing the face of treatment for tuberous sclerosis patients living with tumors, elevating drug therapy to the top of the list of proven treatments. A long-term follow-up study of tuberous sclerosis (TS) and lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) patients on mTOR inhibitors for a renal angiomyolipoma proves the drug is safe and effective in continuing to reduce tumor volume.

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Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital is using a five-year grant from the Tennessee Department of Health to operate the Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline, which launched in September 2013. More than 5,200 mothers and caregivers have turned to Tennessee’s free, 24-hour telephonic breastfeeding support program to help them tackle the challenges of breastfeeding.

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Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital is one of a handful of children’s hospitals nationwide to establish a research biorepository – a place where patient DNA is collected and stored for future research studies. The project – called the Biorepository and Integrative Genomics (BIG) initiative – provides a unique opportunity to focus on minority health issues and disparities because of Memphis’ pediatric population.

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