Renowned pediatric cardiologist John P. Breinholt, M.D., has been nominated not only as the new director of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology from the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, but also as the new Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at the Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston as well.
“Dr. Breinholt will be a wonderful addition to the faculty, and a dynamic leader for the department,” said Eric Eichenwald, M.D., the chair of the UTHealth Department of Pediatrics, who made the announcement. “I am looking forward to working with him to grow the cardiology and cardiac surgery programs.”
Eichenwald added that he was grateful about the “wonderful job” that Dr. P. Syamasundar Rao, professor of Pediatrics and Medicine and Emeritus Chief of Pediatric Cardiology, did for the department and for the medical school. “I deeply appreciate him stepping in as interim division chief,” he said.
At Memorial Hermann Hospital, Breinholt will focus on several heart diseases in children, such as aortic valve disease, atrial fibrillation, cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure, pulmonary valve disease, pulmonary hypertension, septal defect, tricuspid valve disease, pericardial disease, mitral valve disease, coarctation of the aorta, and congenital heart disease, with the main goal of growing the pediatric cardiology program.
“Bringing in a cardiologist of Dr. Breinholt’s caliber will not only be an asset for the hospital but to the Houston community,” said Susie Distefano, the CEO of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. “We’re so pleased to have him join our team and bring his outstanding medical experience and passion of caring for our littlest patients.”
After his graduation at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Breinholt performed his pediatric residency at Baylor College of Medicine and at Texas Children’s Hospital, where he developed his pediatric cardiology skills, but also received additional training in cardiomyopathy and cardiac transplant.
He also enrolled in an advanced fellowship in cardiac catherization, also at Texas Children’s, and then moved to the Indiana University School of Medicine to serve as an associate professor of pediatrics, director of the Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program and director of education for the Division of Pediatric Cardiology. His main research focuses on interventional cardiac catheterization, non-surgical treatment for heart defects, cardiac transplantation, heart failure, and hybrid surgical/catheter procedures.