The Pediatric Cardiology fellows will develop expertise and skills during their three years in training. The areas of expertise include: Noninvasive imaging, cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology, inpatient experience in pre and postoperative care, consultation, and general inpatient care, outpatient clinic, and research.

Our Cardiac Center offers:

    • Two dedicated cardiac operating rooms

    • State of the art hybrid catheterization lab/operating suite

    • Two catheterization labs with rotational angiography

    • Three-dimensional electrophysiologic mapping minimizing fluoroscopic radiation

    • 20 room CVICU with four dedicated CV-ECMO suites

    • 16 bed Cardiac Care Unit (CCU)

    • Advanced noninvasive cardiac imaging: MRI and 256 slice cardiac CT scanner with minimal radiation

    • Active ventricular assist device and ELSO certified ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) programs

    • A specialized cardiac support team including respiratory therapists, child life, social work, pharmacists, dietician, and speech, occupational and physical therapists

    • A comprehensive Fetal Heart Program with customized delivery plans for neonates with complex diagnoses

    • Marfan and Related Aortic Disorders: Multidisciplinary Clinic in collaboration with UAB Dept. of Genetics

    • Extended care into adulthood through collaboration with the Adult Congenital Heart Center at UAB

Our Cardiac Center performs:

    • Over 450 cardiac surgeries per year, including over 300 cases on cardiopulmonary bypass

    • Approximately 10 heart transplants per year

    • Over 700 cardiac catheterizations per year, including 100 EP cases and ablations

    • Over 15,000 2D and 3D echocardiograms per year, including >600 transesophageal echocardiograms

    • Over 250 fetal echocardiograms per year

    • Approximately 200 MRI’s and CT’s per year

    • Over 9,000 outpatient visits per year

Department Research:

Our research is multidisciplinary. The overall goal of the research is to provide the fellow with the knowledge and skills necessary to become proficient and effective in identifying reasonable research hypotheses. Research interests include:

    • Heart transplant outcomes

    • Ultrasound guided procedures

    • Cardiac findings in Tuberous Sclerosis

    • Outcomes of transcatheter pulmonary valve implantation

    • Palliation versus repair in Tetralogy of Fallot

    • Short, mid and long-term outcomes of the Fontan operation

    • Feeding in neonates before and after congenital heart surgery

    • Percutaneous ECMO cannulation in the ICU

    • Epidemiology of Kawasaki Disease in the South

    • Genetic screening in Congenital Heart Disease

    • Aspiration and associated adverse events after Congenital Heart Surgery

Our Team

Program Director
Mark A. Law, M.D.

Mark A. Law, M.D.

Associate Program Director
Robb Romp, M.D.

Robb Romp, M.D.

Program Coordinator
Ina Schaffer

Ina Schaffer

ischaffer@peds.uab.edu
205-996-2365