Johns Hopkins All Children’s appoints two new heart specialists to lead institute

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To enhance its pediatric cardiac services, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, has named two new cardiac specialists to head its heart institute.

Cardiothoracic surgeon Jeffrey Jacobs, MD, and cardiologist Gary Stapleton, MD, will oversee teams of specialists in cardiac surgery, pediatric cardiology, cardiac anesthesia and critical care, according to a May 8 press release.

“Drs. Jacobs and Stapleton will provide strong leadership, vision and clear strategy focused on innovation and excellence which will help us push quality and safety in cardiac care forward, as well as improve the overall care and outcomes for our heart patients,” said  Jonathan Ellen, MD, president and vice dean of the children’s hospital.

Jacobs is already a professor of cardiac surgery and pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University and serves as the editor in chief of Cardiology in the Young, a pediatric and congenital cardiac disease journal. He is also the chair of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Workforce on National Databases.

Stapleton has served as the chief of pediatric cardiology and medical director of the cardiac catheterization lab, and he is continually active in research initiatives. Over the years, he has launched noninvasive techniques at Johns Hopkins to treat congenital heart disease.