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Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital Expands Pediatric Cardiology Care In Canton

Iqbal Choudhry, MD, And Kenneth Zahka, MD, Will See Infants, Children, Adolescents And Adults With Congenital Heart Disease

March 1, 2011

Cleveland: Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital has opened the Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Diseases Services at 4848 Higbee Avenue NW in Canton, expanding the reach of the renowned children’s hospital’s cardiology services into Stark County.

Two experienced pediatric cardiologists, Iqbal Choudhry, MD, and Kenneth Zahka, MD, will see children and adults who have congenital heart conditions at the satellite location.

Drs. Choudhry and Zahka have 66 years of combined experience and they are staff members of the Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Diseases, offering patients access to pioneering treatment, research and surgical innovations.

“We are pleased to offer families a convenient location that provides full access to our range of capabilities in caring for complex heart conditions, including congenital heart defects in adults," said Gerard Boyle, MD, chair of pediatric cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital.

The location will accommodate pediatric patients with congenital or acquired heart conditions. Pediatric patients will be seen for general pediatric cardiology, genetic cardiovascular diseases, cardiovascular sports medicine, syncope, dizziness, chest pain and palpitations. The office will offer electrocardiograms (ECG), echocardiograms and 24-hour ECG monitoring.

In addition, Drs. Choudhry and Zahka provide care for adults with congenital heart conditions and they will attend to patients who are hospitalized at Aultman Hospital or Mercy Medical Center. Pediatric cardiologists also offer fetal echocardiography at Mercy Medical Center.

Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital has the largest team of heart specialists in Northern Ohio. In U.S. News & World Report’s 2010-11 edition of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital ranked in more specialties than any children’s hospital in northern Ohio. The hospital was ranked 22nd nationally in Heart & Heart Surgery care, the highest ranking among hospitals in the region.

The Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Diseases has pioneered transcatheter intervention for congenital heart disease and is researching methods for assessing heart function in utero. The center also offers the region’s only Pediatric Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

The location is adjacent to Belden Village and can be reached by phone at 330.492.7827 and online at www.clevelandclinic.org/peds-heart.

About Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital

Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital is a part of the Cleveland Clinic health system and offers full medical, surgical and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents. Children’s Hospital supports 126 acute care beds at Cleveland Clinic's main campus and 284 pediatric beds system wide; in addition, pediatric services are available at 10 family health centers in Northeast Ohio. A staff of 300 full-time pediatricians and sub-specialists see more than 500,000 pediatric visits each year and provide hospital care for an average of 218 children per day. Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit, multi-specialty academic medical center integrating clinical care, research and education. It was founded in 1921 by four physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. www.ClevelandClinicChildrens.org.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. It was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,100 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. In addition to its main campus, Cleveland Clinic operates nine regional hospitals and 15 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2012, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2009, there were more than 4.6 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 170,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.

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