Leadership Changes in the Heart Institute

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has announced the following leadership appointments in its Heart Institute and Division of Pediatric Cardiology.

Jacqueline Kreutzer, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, is now appointed as Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology. Dr. Kreutzer is an internationally recognized leader in interventional cardiology, currently serving as Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Dr. Kreutzer completed a pediatric cardiology fellowship and training in interventional cardiology at Boston Children’s Hospital and is board-certified in Pediatric Cardiology and Adult Congenital Heart Disease. Dr. Kreutzer joined Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in 2005.

Dr. Kreutzer has been a clinical champion for the Division of Pediatric Cardiology, distinguished in the field of interventional cardiology innovation, bringing new techniques to Children’s Hospital. Dr. Kreutzer has served as the institutional investigator on numerous clinical trials for investigational devices and is currently the national principal investigator for the Melody transcatheter pulmonary valve post-approval study. She has authored over 80 publications and serves as editor and reviewer for several journals such as the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Her skills and leadership have been recognized nationally and internationally. She has lectured extensively and served in numerous academic positions such as for the American Board of Pediatrics, American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Intervention.

Vivek Allada, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, has been appointed Executive Director of the Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Dr. Allada completed his pediatric cardiology fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles, specializing in non-invasive imaging. Dr. Allada has served as the Clinical Director of Pediatric Cardiology in the Department of Pediatrics since 2006 and as the interim Division Chief since 2012. He is recognized nationally having co-founded and co-chaired the Echo Laboratory Directors Committee for the American Society of Echocardiography. He has authored papers and a book chapter on echo lab productivity. Dr. Allada has distinguished himself as a clinical leader with outstanding administrative talents, leading the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and the Heart Institute. In his new role, he will continue as Clinical Director for the Division of Pediatric Cardiology.

Drs. Kreutzer and Allada have been instrumental in the development and success of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and the Heart Institute. Under their leadership, many new clinical initiatives have been developed, resulting in the highest quality ratings and substantial growth for the overall cardiology program.

In addition to Drs. Kreutzer and Allada, Children’s Heart Institute is co-directed by Victor Morell, M.D., chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery. Under Dr. Morell’s leadership, Children’s pediatric cardiovascular surgery program has outcomes that are among the highest in the nation. Children’s had one of the lowest overall four-year surgical mortality rates among all high-volume programs with a rate of 2 percent and was awarded a 3-Star rating by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (2012-2016). Nationally, the average mortality rate for all pediatric cardiovascular programs was 3.1 percent during the same reporting period.

To learn more about the Heart Institute, please visit www.chp.edu/heart.