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March 5, 2003

Maryanne R.K. Chrisant, MD, Named Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

(Philadelphia, PA) - Maryanne R.K. Chrisant, MD, has been named an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Dr. Chrisant is a 1981 graduate of Tufts University, where she received her BS in Biology. She went on to earn her MD in 1986 from New York Medical College. She completed her internship, residency and fellowships at Babies Hospital, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University in New York. Prior to her appointment at Penn, Dr. Chrisant held a faculty position at the Babies and Children's Hospital of Columbia University (currently named The Children's Hospital of New York).

Dr. Chrisant's research interests include heart failure, heart transplantation, immune tolerance and ventricular assist devices. She is the Medical Director of the Pediatric Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Programs at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Prior to working for CHOP, she built and directed the Pediatric Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation Services unit of The Cleveland Clinic.

She is a member of several professional organizations including the American Heart Association, the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, the International Pediatric Transplant Association, and Chair of the Pediatric Subcommittee for the Heart Failure Society of America. She is also an editorial reviewer for Circulation, the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplant, the American Journal of Cardiology, and the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, among others. Dr. Chrisant's research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Hypertension, Circulation, the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, the Journal of Pediatrics, and the American Journal of Cardiology. She has been an invited lecturer on several occasions, most recently at the 22nd International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation in Washington, DC, on the topic, 'Defining Idiopathic Cardiomyopathy in Children.'


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