The UTHSC pediatric cardiology fellowship training program is a medium-sized but growing program expanding to eight fellows next year. It is based at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, the only subspecialty children’s hospital within a 100-mile radius.
Le Bonheur’s cardiothoracic surgical program is one of only 12 programs to receive the highest possible three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). The cardiology program also provides all pediatric cardiology services for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a premier research center for pediatric cancer and hematological diseases, and Regional One Health where approximately 4,500 babies are delivered each year.
Growth of the cardiology division from seven faculty in 2006 to the current 32 faculty has supported a focus on interventional cardiology, pediatric cardiomyopathy, cardio-oncology and adult congenital heart disease. The heart transplant program, started in 2016, established itself as a high-volume transplant center in its first year.
- Multiple projects assessing the outcomes in children, mitral valve function, electrophysiological aspects, genetic and mechanistic basis of left ventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy
- Genetic, mechanistic and molecular basis of arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathies
- Renal function monitoring in heart transplant patients: Is cystatin C a better biomarker than creatinine?
- The role of viral genome in the heart of transplant patients and rejection and coronary vasculopathy
- Discovery of common biomarkers in cardiac and skeletal myopathy
- Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) ligation syndrome: Surgical ligation vs transcatheter closure of PDA
- Neurodevelopmental outcomes after transcatheter closure of PDA, three year follow up
- Creation of a national database registry for transcatheter PDA closure
Program Staff: Cardiology
Dr. Wetzel is director of Le Bonheur's Electrophysiology Program and is a professor of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics with a cardiology subspecialty and specializes in electrophysiology, cardiac arrhythmias, radiofrequency ablation and cryoablation. Dr. Wetzel completed his training in pediatric cardiology at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
Associate Program Director
Dr. Yohannan is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics with a cardiology subspecialty and is an associate professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He specializes in non-invasive cardiology, preventive cardiology, cardiomyopathies, cardiac failure and cardiac transplantation.
Assistant Program Director
Dr. Swaminathan is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics with a cardiology subspecialty. She is an assistant professor with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.