My Heart Belongs to Riley

In February, Riley Children’s Foundation celebrates American Heart Month with the “My Heart Belongs to Riley” campaign. According to U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-2018 “Best Children’s Hospitals” report, the Riley Heart Center is ranked among the top pediatric cardiovascular programs in the nation.

Two professionals who excel in pediatric cardiovascular care and research are joining forces to shine a light on the expertise that Riley Hospital offers to kids in Indiana and beyond: 

RESEARCH: Dr. Tony Firulli leads a team of over 30 investigators who study the origins, causes and treatment of heart failure in kids. His team’s work is supported in part by the generosity of Riley Children’s Foundation donors. “We obtain seed funding—the grants that let us apply for the bigger, multi-million dollar grants offered by the National Institutes for Health. We would not get those bigger grants without donor support. And that’s where the real science happens.” He serves as Director of Cardiac Developmental Biology at the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research. The Wells Center boasts a staff of over 230 investigators and sits adjacent to Riley Hospital for Children. 

CLINICAL CARE: Starting his job next week, a position he calls “the opportunity of a lifetime,” Dr. Larry Markham is the new Division Director of Pediatric Cardiology at Indiana University School of Medicine and the new co-director of the Pediatric Cardiovascular service line at Riley. Dr. Markham brings expertise in pediatric and adult congenital cardiology care and clinical research. Since 2007, Dr. Markham has served as Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Vanderbilt University and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital. (Dr. Mark Turrentine is the other co-director.)

The team at Riley Heart Center covers all areas of clinical care. Congenital heart defects are among the most common birth defects and Riley Hospital offers unparalleled expertise in clinical and surgical care, and research for kids and adults born with heart conditions. 

In addition to research, heart related initiatives Riley Children’s Foundation has supported include: Child Life Specialists in the Heart Center, general support for the heart surgery team, the Syncardia artificial heart program and iPads to help monitor progress of kids who’ve been discharged. 

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