Jeremy Asnes, MD, director of the Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Yale New Haven Hospital, cares for pediatric and adult patients with congenital heart disease, including heart valve and pulmonary artery problems. He is also active in clinical trials that evaluate cardiac devices that could provide better solutions for patients.
“Congenital cardiac catheterization is a fascinating and exciting field,” Dr. Asnes says. “New technologies are being developed at an increasingly rapid pace, allowing us to treat problems that once required open heart surgery with a far less invasive catheter-based procedure. Patients who once required multiple open heart surgeries are now able to either eliminate or significantly reduce the number of surgeries they need.”
At Yale, the cardiac catheterization practice is unique in that it brings together both adult and pediatric interventional cardiologists. “Combining these different areas of expertise allows us to tackle the most difficult cases and ensures that patients receive comprehensive care,” says Dr. Asnes, who is an associate professor of pediatrics (cardiology) at Yale School of Medicine.