Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Launches Pulmonary Hypertension Program

Program Treats Pediatric Patients with Pulmonary Hypertension

ATLANTA (May 10, 2011)—The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sibley Heart Center is pleased to announce the launch of its Pulmonary Hypertension Program. Pulmonary hypertension is a disorder of the blood vessels in the lungs that results in elevated blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries.

While sometimes pulmonary hypertension has no known cause, more frequently it occurs as a complication of another disease process. Conditions such as congenital diaphragmatic hernia, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, scleroderma, restrictive lung disease, sickle cell disease and congenital heart disease are known to contribute to the development of pulmonary hypertension.

The Sibley Heart Center Pulmonary Hypertension Program provides a centralized home for management of this condition, along with access to a team of specialists who also treat the conditions associated with pulmonary hypertension. Children or young adults who have, or are at risk for, pulmonary hypertension, receive specialized care provided by a multidisciplinary team with experience in managing the specific drugs and therapies used to treat the condition.

“Our program is unique in that it incorporates both pediatric cardiologists and a pediatric pulmonologist—physicians with expertise in both of the organ systems primarily affected by pulmonary hypertension,” said Usama Kanaan, M.D., Director of the Sibley Heart Center Pulmonary Hypertension Program. “This offers our patients coordinated care, as they are seen simultaneously by both specialists during one visit.  Depending upon the patient’s condition, other physicians may also be involved in his or her care. We are committed to maintaining excellent communication among all providers and ensuring the seamless delivery of coordinated care for each patient.”

The Pulmonary Hypertension Program’s multidisciplinary team includes four pediatric cardiologists, a pediatric pulmonologist and a dedicated nurse practitioner.

Call 404-785-2950 or visit for more information.

For more information:
Chrissie Gallentine
Senior Public Relations Coordinator 

About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been 100 percent dedicated to kids for more than 100 years. A not-for-profit organization, Children’s is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. Our specialized care helps children get better faster and live healthier lives. Managing more than 870,000 patient visits annually at three hospitals and 27 neighborhood locations, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support since 1915, Children’s has impacted the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit for more information.

About the Children’s Sibley Heart Center 
Treating more than 35,000 children annually, the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sibley Heart Center provides comprehensive cardiac services for congenital and acquired heart disease from infancy through young adulthood, as well as prenatal diagnostics. Ranked one of the country’s top pediatric cardiac programs by U.S.News & World Report, the Sibley Heart Center is recognized for innovative treatments and leading‐edge research. Visit or call 404‐256‐2593 or 800‐542‐2233 for more information.

Tags: General News, Pulmonology, Specialty Care
Published: Tuesday, May 10, 2011