Below are the list of presenters, their topics and learning objectives. To schedule a Grand Rounds talk, please complete please complete the Grand Rounds request form.

Carissa Baker-Smith, MD | Curriculum Vitae
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Hypertension in Children: Diagnosis and Treatment

  1. Describe the prevalence of pediatric hypertension
  2. Discuss the existing data regarding the relationship between pediatric hypertension (PedHTN) and adult hypertension
  3. Describe existing challenges in the diagnosis and management of pediatric hypertension
  4. Describe treatment options
  5. Up and Coming in the evaluation and management of pediatric hypertension cases

Cardiovascular Complications of Childhood Obesity

  1. Epidemiology of Childhood Obesity
  2. Co-morbidities of Childhood Obesity
  3. Childhood Obesity and Risk for Premature Cardiovascular Disease
  4. Do we call it metabolic syndrome?

Obesity and the Congenital Heart Disease Patient: How to plan for a more positive future: Practical Ways to Address Childhood Obesity

  1. Epidemiology of Childhood Obesity
  2. Co-morbidities of Childhood Obesity
  3. Childhood Obesity and Risk for Premature Cardiovascular Disease
  4. Do we call it metabolic syndrome?
  5. Obesity and the Congenital Heart Disease Patient
  6. How to plan for a more positive future: Practical Ways to Address Childhood Obesity

Quality Initiatives Congenital Heart Disease: Data from the Joint Council for Congenital Heart Disease National Quality Improvement Collaborative Registry

  1. Describe the intensive care management of the first 100 patients enrolled in the JCCHD NQI
  2. Identify variability in post operative intensive care practice of infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)
  3. Identify target areas for improvement in clinical outcomes of infants with HLHS

Is it sweet enough?” Use of Non-Nutritive Sweeteners in Children

To discuss:

  1. Food and drug administration approved non-nutritive sweeteners (NNS)
  2. Use of NNS in children and adults.
  3. Current policies regarding use of NNS
  4. Known side effects associated with use of NNS
  5. Physiology of taste
  6. Special populations for whom NNS use may be advantageous

Pediatric Heart Transplantation Program: University of Maryland School of Medicine

  1. To provide a brief overview of pediatric heart transplantation (in general and at the University of Maryland School of Medicine)
  2. To describe common indications for pediatric heart transplantation
  3. To describe current management strategies and outcome
  4. To provide a brief overview of the pediatric heart transplantation program at UMMS

Alicia Chaves, MD | Curriculum Vitae
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Fetal Cardiology

    1. Review common indications for fetal echocardiography
    2. Discuss examples of congenital heart defects diagnosed in utero
    3. Understand the impact of fetal diagnosis of congenital heart disease

    Neurodevelopmental outcomes in children with congenital heart disease

    1. Review the neurodevelopmental outcomes for children with congenital heart disease
    2. Understand the causes and risks for neurodevelopmental delay in children with congenital heart disease
    3. Be aware of the recommendations for screening and evaluation for neurodevelopmental delay in children with congenital heart disease

    Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) in the current era

    1. Review the anatomy and physiology of HLHS
    2. Describe the medical and surgical management of HLHS
    3. Discuss long-term outcomes and their impact on family and clinical decision making

    Introduction to cardiac imaging

    1. Understand the basic principles of echocardiography
    2. Understand uses and limitations of different modes of cardiac imaging
    3. Look at examples of echocardiogram and MRI images


    Peter Gaskin, MD
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

    • Childhood Lipid Abnormalities: Diagnosis and Treatment
    • Cardiac Non-surgical Interventions in Children and Adults with Congenital Heart Disease


    Geoffrey Rosenthal, MD
    Professor of Pediatrics
    Director, Pediatric Heart Program

    • Food and Drug Administration: Enhanced Focus on Children
    • ADHD, Stimulants and the Heart of a Child
    • Office-based Quality Improvement and Board Recertification
    • Congenital Heart Disease: An Overview
    • New Technology in Pediatric Cardiac Care


    Sudhir Vashist, MD
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

    • Syncope
    • Congenital Complete Heart Block
    • Evaluation and Treatment of Pediatric Arrhythmia